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Directions 2021: When world shifted to online shopping, Lincoln’s online super-seller was ready

After 20 years, the co-founder and CEO of Razor knows what keeps his company rolling.

It sticks to designing and supplying scooters. Nearly 35 million so far, its early and iconic kick models joined by a growing line of self-propelled toys: go-karts, hoverboards, skates and skateboards.

But Carlton Calvin also knows what would slow his company down.

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A view of Spreetail's headquarters in Lincoln at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Directions 2021: From vaccines to apps for truck drivers, Lincoln startups mark big year for investments

Last year, depending on how you look at it, might be considered the biggest year ever for Lincoln-based startups.

It all comes down to whether you still consider Hudl, which is nearing its 15th birthday, a startup company. Experts disagree, with some arguing that Hudl, which has 2,300 employees and offices in four countries, is now a mature company.

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MatMa of Lincoln has received emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration for use of its protable COVID-19 testing system.

Husker scientists studying our ‘second brain’ — the gut microbiome

As researchers for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Food for Health Center, Andy Benson and Robert Hutkins are asking and answering questions about our second brain — the gut microbiome.

Using what they’ve learned in the laboratory, and the specialized strains of bacteria they developed, Benson and Hutkins, along with Nebraska animal scientist Tom Burkey and former Husker scientist Jens Walter, launched their own company to bring their research to the marketplace.

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Robert Hutkins and Andy Benson are photographed in the Nebraska Food for Health Center. This image is a composite so the two researchers could appear in one photo without masks.

Thyreos completes seed funding from Invest Nebraska, strategic angel investors

Thyreos, a vaccine company that is developing a novel vaccine platform that protects against a range of herpesviruses, has announced a $750,000 investment round led by Invest Nebraska with participation from other local angel investors in the animal health and veterinary space.

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Local life science start-up raises $750,000 investment to help the team of experts continue to develop a revolutionary class of herpesvirus vaccines.

NSRI expands to Nebraska Innovation Campus to increase engagement with NU researchers, students

The National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska has opened a satellite office at Nebraska Innovation Campus to more closely collaborate with University of Nebraska researchers and students.

As COVID-restrictions lift and on-campuses activities ramp up, NSRI will use its office suite and other NIC spaces to host meetings and events and provide collaboration space to NSRI team members traveling in from across the country to work with NU colleagues in person.

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NSRI expands to Nebraska Innovation Campus to increase engagement with NU researchers and students.

Industry pros say future is bright for Nebraska HRTM students

Strong industry support for the Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will continue to create opportunities for its students and graduates.

Industry leaders acknowledge that 2020 was a challenging year for the world economy, but they remain highly optimistic about the future.

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An architect's rendering of The Scarlet hotel under construction at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Fortenberry achieves $11M in funding for USDA agriculture research facility at Nebraska

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, was successful in achieving $11.2 million in federal funding for the planning and design of a USDA Agricultural Research Service facility.

The funding is included in the federal 2021 omnibus appropriations bill, which was approved by Congress yesterday. Fortenberry said the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be the site of the facility.

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200,000 gallons and 6,000 miles — The man who helped sanitize Nebraska, and the team that produced it

In early April, when the pandemic was keeping most Nebraskans home, Lew Sieber started setting his alarm for 4 a.m.

The 57-year-old would leave his northwest Lincoln home in the dark, headed for Innovation Campus and a 5,000-gallon tanker truck. He wanted to be first in line when the Green Plains ethanol plant near York opened at 7, and he had nearly an hour’s drive west ahead of him.

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Lew Sieber, manager of the Nebraska Forest Service Fire Shop, with the tank truck he used to haul 200,000 gallons of ethanol across the state to be mixed into hand sanitizer.

Nebraska PPE partnership project receives Excalibur Award at AURP 2020 International Conference

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) announced recipients of the Awards of Excellence during the 2020 virtual international conference. The Nebraska PPE Partnership Project, a partnership between Nebraska Innovation Studio (NIS), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Processing Center and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, received the Excalibur Award.  

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Hand sanitizer production facility at the Food Innovation Center

Students, Innovation Studio team up to help Whiteclay Makerspace

In a small way, a group of University of Nebraska–Lincoln students and staff are helping Whiteclay, Nebraska, make a big change.

Through a partnership with Rotary International District 5610 out of southern South Dakota, staff from Nebraska Innovation Studio and students from the College of Engineering learning community, Engineering to Change the World, made 30 individual toolboxes for Native American artists who are utilizing the new and developing Whiteclay Makerspace.

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Students assemble toolboxes in Nebraska Innovation Studio on Oct. 17. The boxes will be given to the Whiteclay Makerspace.

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