Source: Clay & Milk, by Jake Slobe

3D Health Solutions has been announced the winner of the 2021 Biotech Showcase and was awarded $10,000.

3D Health Solutions, a spinoff startup company from Iowa State University, is seeking to improve current preclinical screening methods of therapeutic drugs for Pharmaceutical Research and Development. In 2020, the Ames-based startup took part in the sixth cohort of ISU Startup Factory, received a $225,000 SBIR Grant from the National Science Foundation, and won Iowa’s statewide Pappajohn Pitch Competition.

This was the sixth annual Biotech Showcase, a pitch competition for emerging biotech companies across various industries including agtech, human health, medical devices, animal health and industrial/environmental biomaterials.

Eight startups made it to the finals and yesterday presented a live, two-minute “elevator pitch” to a designated expert judge in front of the IBSC virtual attendees. Five minutes of Q&A followed from the designated judge, and Biotech Showcase attendees had an opportunity to vote on and select a “Fan Favorite.” Four of the finalists were based in Iowa.

LEAH Laboratories, a startup building cellular therapies for companion animals with gene editing, was voted as the Fan Favorite.

The 2021 Biotech Showcase finalists are:

  • 3D Health Solutions (Ames, IA)
  • CartilaGen (Iowa City, IA)
  • Distynct (Ames, IA)
  • FBB Biomed (Coralville, IA)
  • Hilltop BioSciences (Mansfield, MA)
  • LEAH Labs (Rochester, MN)
  • Mazen Animal Health (St. Joseph, MO)

Past Biotech Showcase winners have included Skroot Laboratories (2020), Cardio Diagnostics (2019), SynderBio (2018), Aptimmune (2017), and Viewpoint Molecular Targeting (2016).

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