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New incubator for ag, food startups opening at Innovation Campus

A new space at Nebraska Innovation Campus is dedicated to helping agriculture- and food-related startup companies.

Invest Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development have teamed up to create the Combine Incubator, a 2,000-square-foot space in the Rise Building.

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The Combine Incubator is housed in the Rise Building at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Lincoln biotech company gets contract to improve flu vaccine

Adjuvance Technologies, a biopharmaceutical company based at Nebraska Innovation Campus, has received a contract from the government to work on improving the influenza vaccine.

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Lincoln-based biopharmceutical company Adjuvance Technologies has received a government contract to work with improving the flu vaccine.

'Each table is a small victory' - How volunteers and salvage lumber are helping flood victims

The idea came to John Ingram when he gathered with his family around their dining room table, but he didn’t know it yet.

This was a couple of months ago, when Nebraska’s rising rivers were forcing people from their homes.

“We were talking about how terrible the floods were, and how sad it was that people were losing everything — and they weren’t able to have a dinner like we’re having,” he said this week. “We were talking about how we could help. That’s what we do as neighbors, as Nebraskans. We help.”

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Will Cox (left) places a cup of in front of his dad, Brian, as they test out a table they are building at Nebraska Innovation Studio. The table, built out of reclaimed wood from Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, will be given to a family affected by the flooding this spring.

Virtual Incision keeps building, learning at new Innovation Campus home

A mosaic of framed photos depicting great American innovators and explorers -- the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart, Nikola Tesla -- are a constant reminder of Virtual Incision's central ethos.

"We do things, we build things here," said Shane Farritor, the chief technology officer of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln spinoff that designs and manufactures small, lightweight surgical robots.

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Virtual Incision, the UNL spinoff co-founded by professor Shane Farritor, continues work to develop surgical robots in the group's office and lab at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Farritor said the company's target customers are rural hospitals, or as he calls them, "Nebraska hospitals."

Annual Hour of Code event hosts more than 800 at Innovation Campus

On the ground floor of the conference center at Innovation Campus, excited children sat at computers learning and practicing coding Saturday morning. On the floor above them, booths boasting virtual reality, 3D printers and remote-operated robots enthralled others.

More than 800 students and parents registered for the fifth annual Hour of Code event and the accompanying Interactive Tech Fair.

In the coding room, several parents said it was a unique opportunity for the kids to learn in exciting ways.

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Eight-year-old Callan Scribner completes tasks at a virtual-reality station at the Hour of Code event Saturday, December 8 at the Innovation Campus Conference Center.

Innovation Campus inviting companies to 'Rise' in new building

In a former life, the site of Nebraska Innovation Campus’ newest building was a copse of trees and vendor stalls near the eastern edge of the midway of State Fair Park.

A century later, the Rise Building near 21st Street and Transformation Drive is 80,000 square feet of bright and modern potential campus officials hope attract rising businesses to the up-and-coming research park.

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The Rise building near 21st Street and Transformation Drive is 80,000 square feet of bright and modern potential campus officials hope attract rising businesses to the up-and-coming research park.

Lincoln fire department turns to Innovation Studio to solve unique problem

The high-tech set of video laryngoscopes used by Lincoln Fire and Rescue to navigate a patient's vocal cords and other obstructions during intubation came with a set of low-tech carrying cases.

Although better than the denier fabric cases of the manual scopes, which are hospitable to bacteria, the new cases included holders built from paper pulp prone to disintegration after the instruments were disinfected.

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Max Wheeler, instructional designer at Nebraska Innovation Studio, shows a new 3D-printed case for a video laryngoscope to firefighter-paramedic Brennan Oliverius at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Driverless shuttle arrives in Lincoln, will be tested this summer

From horses to trains to cars and airplanes to automated driverless vehicles, Lincoln residents continue to be pioneers, always looking for better ways to travel, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said as he stood in front of a 15-passenger driverless shuttle that will be tested in the city this summer.

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Mayor Chris Beutler spoke during a news conference Wednesday at Nebraska Innovation Studio announcing the arrival of a driverless shuttle.

Lincoln grain elevator to be covered in art as part of new initiative

A grain elevator in north Lincoln is the first structure getting a makeover as part of a new initiative that seeks to beautify high-traffic parts of the city.

Local ecommerce firm Spreetail recently launched the program, called Elevate.

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The first project in Spreetail's new Elevate initiative will be to cover this grain elevator along Salt Creek Roadway near North 27th Street with 20-foot-by-60-foot billboard banners featuring submitted designs. The banners will be hung Aug. 31.

Spreetail planning expansion in Lincoln, Omaha

A Lincoln-based e-commerce company is branching out even as it plans to expand in its home city.

Spreetail CEO Brett Thome said Thursday that the company plans to open an office in Omaha later this year that will employ about 100 people.

Thome said the office, which will be located in the same building as Firespring, another Lincoln-based company, will be an extension of its Lincoln operation.

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Lincoln e-commerce company Spreetail is expanding into more space at Nebraska Innovation Campus and also is planning to open an office in Omaha later this year.

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