Welcome to the Iowa Biotechnology Association
Since 1994, the Iowa Biotechnology Association has provided benefits and services to promote the interests and growth of the life sciences industries in Iowa. We are a non-profit, membership-based organization with a diversified membership including industry companies from all segments of biotechnology, universities & colleges, state & federal associations, as well as numerous service & support companies. Our Association seeks to promote the success and growth of biotech-based business in Iowa, ultimately securing our strong biotech economy while growing our business & increasing our influence nationally and around the globe.
Monthly Newsletters are distributed to inform members of recent developments in the core areas, upcoming industry events, relevant issues, member successes, economic development opportunities & legislative activity during session.
Intellectual Property Corner
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll authors a series of articles for IowaBio directed toward intellectual property (IP) issues that are of interest to IowaBio members. The firm is available to answer IP questions from members, either as a part of each article, or in an occasional separate article devoted only to questions and answers.
A Trademark Primer
Patent Law Reform: First-Inventor-to-File
Learn more about the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) and how it affects the U.S patent system. This article was generously provided by IowaBio member, Brick Gentry P.C.
One of the greatest benefits of being an IBA member is the opportunity to take advantage of the purchasing agreements available through our BioVantage Program. IBA's Purchasing Consortium includes industry members, educational institutions and state agencies; these agreements allow companies of any size to receive the same competitively-bid pricing benefits.
Highlights of the contracts include:
- Most individual items are discounted by 10-80%
- Direct delivery within 24-48 hours without shipping charges
- Rebate opportunities
- The savings received from just a few orders usually covers the cost of a company's annual membership dues
Rachel Hurley Appointed as New Ambassador for the State Hygienic Laboratory
The Hygienic Lab introduced Rachel Hurley, executive director of the Iowa Biotech Association, as its ambassador at a Sept. 26 reception held at the Lab's facility on the UI Research Park campus in Coralville. Hurley accepted the one-year honorary position to help raise awareness of the role of laboratory sciences in economic development and in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
Hurley is the Hygienic Lab's fifth ambassador.