• Innovation and Impact

    Listed below are a few of the start-ups and their Carver College of Medicine founders. Innovation occurs in every department, and often across departments within both the college and university. Departments represented below include Anesthesia, Biochemistry, Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Pharmacology, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, and Radiology.

    Advanced Biomedical Informatics

    Founders: Hans Johnson, PhD; H. Jeremy Bockholt
    Description: Enterprise informatics solutions for translational neurosciences

    Behavioral Diagnostics

    Founder: Robert Philibert, MD, PhD
    Description: Epigenetic approaches to drug testing for substance abuse as well as diagnosis of disease, consultation and psychiatric testing

    Brain Image Analysis

    Founder: Ronald Pierson
    Description: High-performance assessment of imaging biomarkers for use in research and clinical trials

    Direct Spinal Therapeutics

    Founders: Matthew Howard, MD; Timothy Brennan, MD, PhD
    Description: Medical device capable of controlling neural pathways within the spinal cord for pain relief, relief of spacticity and motor control

    Exemplar Genetics

    Founder: Michael Welsh, MD
    Description: Porcine models of human disease including cystic fibrosis


    Founders: Christopher Adams, MD, PhD; Michael Welsh, MD
    Description: Discovery and development of small molecules to prevent and treat skeletal muscle atrophy, obesity and diabetes

    FxRedux Solutions

    Founders: Donald Anderson, PhD; J. Lawrence Marsh, MD; Thomas Brown, PhD
    Description: 3D blueprints and custom implants for articular fracture reduction


    Founders: Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD; James Folk, MD; Stephen Russell, MD; Vinit Mahajan, MD, PhD
    Description: Automated disease detection for frontline care  


    Founder: Kimberly Leslie, MD; Baoli Yang, MD; Kristina Thiel, PhD; Donghai Dai, MD, PhD
    Description: Personalized medicine for cancer patients through long-term tumor preservation, genetic analysis and clinical decision support 


    Founder: Junyi Xia, PhD; R. Alfredo Siochi, PhD
    Description: Software solutions to automate treatment error detection and prevention in radiation oncology


    Founder: Zhendong Jin, PhD
    Description: Discovery and development of novel anticancer drugs

    Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)

    Founder: Joseph Walder, MD, PhD
    Description: World's largest oligonucleotide-based reagent company specializing in sequencing, gene silencing, expression, monitoring and mutation detection. IDT has over 700 employees and is headquartered in Coralville, Iowa with facilities in San Diego, California; Leuven, Belgium; and Singapore. 

    Inverad Medical Technologies

    Founder: Sandeep Laroia, MD
    Description: Developing innovative medical devices for the modern medicine

    Iowa Approach

    Founder: Steven Mickelsen, MD
    Description: Development of medical devices needed to perform a pioneering catheter-based epicardial atrial fibrillation ablation procedure 


    Founder: Randy Kardon, MD, PhD; Pieter Poolman, PhD
    Description: Digital medical services, advice, monitoring, mitigation, and treatment of migraine, headache, photosensitivity, neurological, ocular and vision-related conditions

    Medical Imaging Applications

    Founder: Milan Sonka, PhD; Dan Liang, PhD
    Description: Quantitative assessment tools for cardiovascular risk, atherosclerosis and osteoarthritis

    Needle Eye Medical

    Founder: Steven Mickelsen, MD
    Description: Commercializing line-of-sight real-time imaging technology to reduce iatrogenic needle-stick complications, increase operator workflow efficiency, and improve patient satisfaction

    Nuclease Probe Technologies

    Founder: James McNamara, PhD
    Description: Nucleic acid-based methods for rapidly detecting bacterial pathogens


    Founder: Gregory Hageman, PhD
    Description: Development of disease-modifying therapies to prevent loss of vision due to age-related macular degeneration


    Founder: Ryan Flynn, PhD
    Description: Development of a device for delivering highly localized radiation doses to prostate cancer patients that are sculpted to avoid sensitive healthy tissues

    Tansna Therapeutics

    Founder: Max Baker, PhD
    Description: Drug discovery and development for the treatment of seizures resulting from epilepsy or other central nervous system conditions

    Terpenoid Therapeutics

    Founder: Raymond Hohl, MD, PhD; David Wiemer, PhD
    Description: Drug discovery and development targeting sterol metabolism for cancer therapy

    Vida Diagnostics

    Founders: Eric Hoffman, MD, PhD; Geoffrey McLennan, MBBS, PhD; Milan Sonka, PhD; Joseph Reinhardt, PhD
    Description: Quantitative pulmonary image analysis

    Viewpoint Molecular Targeting

    Founders: Michael Schultz, PhD; Frances Johnson, MD
    Description: Development of injectable radio-pharmaceuticals for diagnosis and therapy for cancer, with focus on metastatic melanoma 


    Founder: Terry Wahls, MD
    Description: Development of an electrical stimulation therapeutic garment for improvement of muscle strength and endurance