CloverLeaf, a Covington-KY company that uses data to help companies build high-performing teams and scale professional and leadership coaching to their entire workforce, has secured a series A investment from ScOp Venture Capital. St. Paul’s Central Logic has acquired Acuity Link, a startup that helps health systems coordinate their transportation needs. Central Logic just moved…

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Cortex recognized for innovation Cortex Innovation Community, a 200-acre innovation hub in St. Louis, has been named the global best practice for “Organizing for Success” by the Global Institute on Innovation Districts (GIID). The recognition acknowledges Cortex’s 20-year history of generating regional innovation and economic growth. Milwaukee a top city for tech workers Last year,…

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Des Moines computer vision startup Roboflow raised $2.1 million in a new seed round led by Craft Ventures and Lachy Groom. The simplifies the process of building computer vision models. Kansas-based DDSports Inc. which offers ShotTracker, a sports technology that captures rich performance data via sensors and provides statistics and analytics with sub-second latency, has…

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Case Western at CES Case Western University in Cleveland had a big presence at this year’s all-virtual CES. The list of their exhibitions included 3D-printed violins made at one-quarter size for children, a neuro-fitness tool, an AR creator that offers interactive experiences for products and services, and much more. Estimator tools for 3D printing PA-based…

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The burgeoning healthcare and life sciences corridor in Grand Rapids was initially dubbed the Michigan Street corridor. But in 2019, the city gave the stretch between Monroe and College avenues the commemorative designation of “Medical Mile.”

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Omaha-based ethanol manufacturer Green Plains Inc. has acquired Fluid Quip Technologies based in Cedar Rapids. The partnership will leverage their combined technologies and relationships to produce and market sustainable ingredients with increasing protein concentration levels and nutritional characteristics for the pet food, aquaculture and animal feed markets globally. Orizon Aerostructures LLC received a $50 million…

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Eli Lilly drug to improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s shows promise Eli Lilly’s investigative antibody Donanemab has showed significant slowing of decline of cognition and daily function in patients with early symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease. Machine learning and prescription data Ohio State University scientists have developed a machine-learning method that crunches massive amounts of data to help…

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Cell-cultured, or cultivated, meat is a technology that some say could revolutionize the global food system, feeding more people with nutritious protein without harming animals. The idea is gaining traction. Last year, KFC-Russia began using the tech to produce real chicken meat grown from cells. Cultivated meat is produced by invitro cell culture of animal…

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Dayton named Air Force innovation hub The U.S. Air Force has designated Dayton, OH, as an innovation digital hub. Dayton, is already home to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Air Force Research Laboratory. Organ regeneration LyGenesis, a Pittsburgh-based biotechnology company has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance to move forward on its…

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Purdue University has been awarded almost $1M by the NIST Metals-Based Additive Manufacturing Grants Program to create a suite of sensor technologies that will help optimize cold spray additive manufacturing. Cold spray processes have the potential to create parts that are more durable and stronger than those made with other AM processes. Minnesota’s 4C Medical…

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Founded in 2012, Benson Hill is a company focused on the center section of data science, genomics, plant biology and food science. They employ a proprietary technology platform called CropOS to make food ingredients that are more sustainable, more nutritious and better tasting. CropOS accelerates breeding by enabling greater precision and fewer breeding cycles. It’s…

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CES recognitions  A couple of Flyover Country standouts were recognized this year at CES, the national trade show hosted by the Consumer Technology Association. Illinois’ John Deere received a robotics category award for their X Series, which uses ActiveVision camera technology to help farmers see inside a combine’s grain tank and monitor the condition of…

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  For many reasons, there is a strong movement afoot to help turn the Midwest into a true tech heartland by supporting its startups and taking advantage of the talent emerging from Midwest colleges and universities. There’s no better example of this than the 2021 Midwest Venture Showcase, a virtual event that allows companies in…

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This is the story of what happens when a university, a tech spinout, and a funding partner converge and change the trajectory of a city. The city, in this case, is Pittsburgh. Historically known for steel-related businesses, Pittsburgh is also the home of Carnegie Mellon University, which is where this story begins.

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Melius Outcomes, founded in Ann Arbor but now operating out of Milwaukee, provides intelligence, evidence, and expertise to optimize clinical outcomes and system solutions. Flyover Future talked with the company’s founder AkkeNeel Talsma about the company’s start and what it’s doing to improve health outcomes.

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Columbus health tech startup OliveAI has acquired Verata Health, a provider of AI software as part of a plan to tackle the costly issue of prior authorization. Nashville-based Appello Pharmaceuticals Inc. has completed its Series A capital raise at $15.5 million. The company has been studying a set of novel compounds toward a sought-after new…

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Powderkeg’s Unvalley Virtual Conference  Powderkeg, a digital community for tech companies, investors, and professionals, hosted its first-ever Unvalley Virtual Conference on December 17, featuring speakers such as Revolution’s Steve Case and Powderkeg’s CEO Matt Hunckler. The two-day event focuses on opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in the land between the coasts. Also, the winners of…

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John Bostick, Hive Networks Founder

There wasn’t much good news from 2020. But one Cincinnati company – Hive Networks – quietly pushed through the unprecedented year of loss and upheaval to score some important wins. Hive Networks offers a software platform that helps bring patients, clinicians, and researchers together, in a working community, to improve patient outcomes.  It was founded…

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