Homegrown technology in Nebraska is booming, and commercializing that technology is critical to the state’s economic future.

Universities in the Cornhusker State, including the University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, are producing marketable technologies and doing an admirable job of commercializing them. Examples include surgical mini-robots, a medical shield, pharmaceuticals, and bio-mechanics. There’s also a self-pacing treadmill and concussion-detection tech.

“We have an immensely supportive environment in Omaha,” says Joe Runge, associate director of UNeTech, which coordinates the creation of business startups from UNMC and UNO research.