Ames, IA (October 5, 2020) — The Iowa State University Startup Factory today announced cohort six member, 3D Health Solutions, earned first place and the $40,000 prize in the 2020 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition.

3D Health Solutions, headquartered in Ames, is commercializing 3-dimensional in vitro canine cell culture lines for therapeutic drug screening purposes in both veterinary and human health applications.

Second and third-place prizes went to Iowa City-based FBB Biomed and Des Moines-based Roboflow, respectively.

A fourth place award and three honorable mentions were also awarded.  Receiving fourth place and a $6,000 award was OpenLoop, founded by Jon Lensing, M.D., located in Iowa City.  Two companies were awarded $4,000 honorable mention awards including Nigel Reuel, founder of Skroot Labs, located in Ames, and Jeri Frank, founder of Stratafolio, located in Cedar Rapids. The remaining finalists each received $1,000.

The competition is a collaborative project of the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa.  The Iowa Economic Development Authority provides funding to bring the total prize package to $100,000.

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