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Partners

Our growing roster of partners at Nebraska Innovation Campus includes the following private businesses and University of Nebraska entities.

A+ Berry

A+ Berry is a food tech startup and converts raw food materials into value-added bulk ingredient products for food and wellness companies to integrate into their consumer products. A+ Berry started with the value-added utilization of Aronia berries, an unique superfruit mainly grown in the Midwest. A+ Berry sources Aronia berries from Midwest producers, uses patented and sustainable processes to enhance the nutrition and flavor of products and collaborates with food and beverage producers to enhance existing product lines or launch new ones.

ALA Engineering

ALA Engineering is evolving cattle feeding operations through innovative software and hardware. ALA Engineering is working hard to deliver safer, more sustainable and more efficient solutions to power the industry that feeds the world. Aulick Industries, ALA Engineering’s parent company, specializes and is a recognized leader in the manufacturing of agricultural transportation equipment.

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Aluvio

Aluvio is an irrigation management and monitoring company. Its parent company, Irriga Global, has a long history in scheduling irrigation water around the globe. Aluvio's irrigation management technology is built upon a strong foundation of science and knowledge derived from more than two decades of experience in precision irrigation scheduling across multiple crops, environments, and production systems. For example, Aluvio has been serving the largest multinational seed companies across 18 countries having made a significant mark on that industry. Today Aluvio continues to service both the commercial seed and crop production industry.

Barred Owl

The Barred Owl, the rooftop bar at The Scarlet Hotel, provides a vibe for all seasons with flexible indoor and outdoor seating and an original menu designed to carry you through the night. The perfect complement to any cocktail is met in fan favorite views of The Devaney Center and Memorial Stadium from the epic Barred Owl rooftop patio.

Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Friday - Saturday: 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Food Service: 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Biotech Connector

Located on the fourth floor of the Food Innovation Center, the Biotech Connector provides Nebraska with its first wet lab incubator. The BTC provides a critical link and previously missing infrastructure required to facilitate the development and growth of early-stage biotech companies.

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Bluestem Biosciences, Inc.

Bluestem Biosciences, Inc., is a Midwest-centric synthetic biology company building on the latest computational tools for discovery of sustainable biomanufacturing. Bluestem will unleash the potential of the bioeconomy in the heartland, leveraging infrastructure.

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Bolero Information Systems LLC

Bolero Information Systems, a software development spinoff founded by staff members at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a web application development and design company that specializes in research administration and business process automation. While at Nebraska, the Bolero team developed a software platform to help manage complex research administration activities. The system automated manual processes, streamlined reviews and provided critical management reports to the university. 

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Celerion

Celerion conducts clinical research studies for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, for investigational medicines currently in research and development, to treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions.

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Central Data Storage

Central Data Storage is dedicated to providing exceptional managed backup and disaster recovery solutions. At Central Data Storage, the mission is clear: To empower businesses with comprehensive and reliable managed backup and disaster recovery services while embodying a can-do attitude, expressing gratitude for our client’s trust, upholding unwavering accountability, and working together as at team to succeed. With Central data Storage, your data is not just protected; it’s fortified for the future.

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Children’s Nebraska

Children’s Nebraska is the only full-service pediatric specialty health center in Nebraska, providing care in more than 50 pediatric specialties.  At Children’s, our mission is to improve the lives of every child through exceptional care, advocacy, research and education.

Children’s Community Health and Advocacy team connects and empowers child health advocates from all sectors – education, health, government, business, non-profits – to positively impact where children live, learn and play.   

Corral Technologies

Corral Technologies is a system of cattle wearables proven to be safe and effective. Cow-calf operations utilizing Corral can cross-fence virtually any pasture, decreasing the number of rented acres and reducing fencing costs.

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DARO

DARO is revolutionizing farm resiliency with cutting-edge pathogen surveillance systems. By harnessing the most effective strategies learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, DARO is enhancing livestock health, productivity and biosecurity. DARO's innovative solutions provide near real-time monitoring and analysis to detect, forecast and prevent diseases, empowering farmers to make informed decisions for optimal management and improved outcomes.

EPSCoR

The mission of Nebraska's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and Institutional Development Award (IDeA) is to build the state's research capacity and competitiveness, invest in workforce development, and foster public-private partnerships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM fields), as well as biomedical research. Nebraska EPSCoR harnesses talent at the state's universities and colleges to compete for merit-based federal funding that supports research infrastructure and capacity building projects. They contribute to the state's workforce development through educational and research opportunities for K-16 students, graduate students and junior faculty, and spur economic development through partnerships with private industry.

FarmAfield

FarmAfield exists to create new connections between the farmers who grow our food and the people who enjoy it. When you invest through FarmAfield, you're buying real agricultural assets — commodities that are non-correlated with the stock market.

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Food Allergy Research and Resource Program

The primary mission of FARRP is to develop and provide the food industry with credible information, expert opinions, tools and services relating to allergenic foods, novel foods and genetically modified products. FARRP takes a comprehensive approach to working with and collaborating with research institutions, including NIC, to improve the safety of the food products for consumers with food allergies and sensitivities. 

Good Life Coffee Shop

The Good Life Coffee Shop is located in The Scarlet Hotel. Open daily, Good Life Coffee Shop brings you comfort and happiness in every drip and every bite. Part café, coffee shop, market and ice cream parlor - it’s everything you want.

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Invest Nebraska

Invest Nebraska builds a better future for our state by providing financial and operational assistance to high growth companies, advancing the entrepreneurial economy, and attracting out-of-state capital to Nebraska. Invest Nebraska manages and operates the Biotech Connector and The Combine, both located at NIC.

KRVN

KRVN is a nine-station network spanning Nebraska with coverage into Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming. Now with a news bureau and production studio at NIC, the station is able to cover stories connected to NIC partners, programs and events.

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Marble Technologies

Marble Technologies is a technology company advancing sustainable global food security by automating labor-intensive meat processing tasks. Marble's robotic solutions reduce the labor needs of beef and pork processing facilities and improve workplace safety by conducting tasks with a history of worker injury. Marble's engineers are often on the fabrication floor with facility managers and facility engineers to ensure the technology meets their needs and fits within their constraints. Marble is adding resilience to the meat industry and preparing it for the future.

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MCNA Dental

MCNA Dental provides high-quality services to state agencies and managed care organizations for their Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicare members. MCNA serves over 8 million children and adults. Their office at NIC gives MCNA Dental the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for dental service delivery for Nebraskans. The MCNA Dental team is committed to the success of the Nebraska Medicaid Dental Program as well as improving access to vital dental care and services across the state. 

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Merck Animal Health

Merck Animal Health is a research-driven company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services. We offer one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios, spanning products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in all major farm and companion animal species.

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MicroMGx

MicroMGx, Inc. is a life sciences company with the mission to accelerate the discovery of new chemistry from nature that can enrich and extend human life. Through MicroMGx, pharmaceutical, animal health and agriculture companies will have easier access than ever before to new natural products to fill their discovery pipelines.

Molecular Trait Evolution

Molecular Trait Evolution (MTE) is a biotechnology company that specializes in microbial strain enhancement and optimization. MTE provides project consulting, contractual and fee-for-service strain evolution and engineering. MTE designs natural or synthetic consortia and devises solutions for complex biological systems. Platforms include bacteria (E. coli), archaea (including methane-producing archaea), strict anaerobes, cyanobacteria, and yeast.

National Strategic Research Institute

NSRI helps the Department of Defense and other federal agencies meet evolving national security objectives in multiple domains. Scientists from the University of Nebraska and NSRI deliver responsive, innovative research and solutions while developing the workforce of the future. Since it was established in 2012, NSRI — with 250+ colleagues and students at NU — has been awarded $298 million in contracts and grants from 40+ sponsors.

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Nave Analytics

Nave Analytics is making agricultural irrigation water use more efficient by producing data to inform efficient irrigation decisions in row crop production. The Nave Analytics team has 25+ years of experience in R&D, field testing, deployment of data driven solutions within digital agriculture and previous startup experience. The Nave framework uses the latest data technology to fuse near real-time data with climate and crop modeling to produce the most accurate information possible. Data science techniques including uncertainty propagation and data assimilation to bring feeds from spaceborne, airborne, field based sensors and most importantly irrigation equipment together in a calibrated format allows the Nave team to utilize all the available information at once. Using these different data analysis techniques Nave is able to deliver accurate and cost effective solutions to customers.

Nebraska Alumni Association

The Nebraska Alumni Association strives to connect alumni with Dear Old Nebraska U, and with each other, for the betterment of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Nebraska Alumni Association manages and operates the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center.

Nebraska Food for Health Center

The Nebraska Food for Health Center, a multidisciplinary center, brings together the strengths between agriculture and medicine throughout the university system. Specifically, it helps develop hybrid crops and foods to improve the quality of life of those affected by critical diseases, including heart disease and cancers. Additionally, the center focuses on preparing a talented workforce for careers in food health, establishing research programs to develop food with proven heath benefits. The center's efforts brings agricultural production, food processing and medical research together to improve the health of people in this country and around the world. 

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Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation

Nebraska Innovation Campus is connecting the talents of experts, companies and the university to create a unique culture of innovation. The NIC campus is designed to facilitate new and in-depth partnerships between the University of Nebraska and private sector businesses. Adjacent to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NIC strategically provides access to research faculty, facilities and students. 

Nebraska Innovation Studio

Nebraska Innovation Studio (NIS) is a community-oriented makerspace that serves as a hub for innovators, artists and entrepreneurs. Innovation Studio is one of the nation's top makerspaces and houses a full metal shop, wood shop, rapid prototyping room, art studio, ceramics and textiles equipment - and more. Innovation Studio is open to anyone, and membership is month-to-month.

Nebraska Nova

Nebraska Nova is the development partner and property management company for Nebraska Innovation Campus. The Lincoln-based Nebraska Nova team includes property and construction management, facility engineers and parking management.

Nebraska Safety Center

Work done by the Nebraska Safety Center includes providing instruction in safety education and service through seminars and workshops, coordinating statewide programs and researching safety education. The center's mission is to conserve human and economic resources through safety and accident prevention. Their office space allows the center to provide resources in transportation, occupational, recreational and domestic safety to Nebraskans throughout the state. 

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Nestimate

With more than 100 years of combined experience in retirement income, defined contribution, and fiduciary process, Nestimate is the first intuitive and objective analytics platform to empower your retirement income decisions. Nestimate's unique approach enables plan fiduciaries to integrate the lifetime income selection process at scale. With ongoing monitoring, you can rest at ease knowing as things change, you'll be notified.

Neurocarrus

Neurocarrus is developing a breakthrough therapy (N-001) to fulfill the unmet need for a product that can safely and specifically disrupt peripheral sensory neurons. N-001 was engineered for individuals experiencing pain as a result of tissue injury or inflammation as well as patients with acute pain, such as pain following surgery. N-001 is a leading technology in the fight against the opioid crisis, which claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. A safe, effective treatment for pain, which results in a disease burden of over $635 billion in the U.S. alone, would have a major impact on human health through increased mobility and generally improved life quality. With N-001, the Neurocarrus team hopes to accomplish this without systemic side effects like nausea, dizziness and addiction.

NUtech Ventures

NUtech Ventures is the nonprofit technology commercialization affiliate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The NUtech Ventures team evaluates, protects, markets and licenses the university’s intellectual property to promote economic development and improve quality of life. They also promote entrepreneurship through programming, sponsored events and the NMotion startup accelerator.

NuTek Natural Ingredients

Created by nature, nurtured in science and brought to life by expertise in R&D, manufacturing and sourcing, NuTek Natural Ingredients create cost-effective, clean label ingredient solutions for our customers and partners.

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Quantum Qool

Quantum Qool is an innovative startup with a patented femtosecond laser structuring technology. Quantum Qool’s proprietary femtosecond laser-based manufacturing process significantly increases the surface area and emissivity of key materials many times over, accelerating cooling and increasing power by 100%+ by sculpting feature-enhancing nanostructures and radiating heat by intensified IR radiation. This process is deployed thru customized ultrafast laser workstations for industrial applications.

Rayne Nutrition

Rayne Nutrition offers a line of less processed pet diets and treats made with whole food ingredients. From growing puppies to senior cats, healthy pets to complex medical cases, Rayne has a diet for that. Rayne uses unprocessed, whole food ingredients, wherever and whenever possible because whole food ingredients are the key to making pet foods that help prolong your pet's longevity and quality of life.

Sentinel Fertigation Technologies

Sentinel Fertigation Technologies puts automated, predictive control over center pivot fertigated acres in the hands of growers and consultants ultimately allowing them to precisely time fertigation events when the crop needs nitrogen most.

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Spreetail

Spreetail is a full-service ecommerce accelerator. Spreetail partners with manufacturers who want to grow their ecommerce reach and revenue without scaling up complexity or risk. Since 2006, Spreetail's ecommerce experts have purchased products from world-class partners, listed these top brands on marketplace giants and fulfilled orders with next-day speed. Spreetail's vision is to accelerate brands and channels to compete for tomorrow’s ecommerce customer.

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Suite Spot

The Suite Spot is an ideal or most favorable location for food entrepreneurs and growing companies to collaborate with a diverse group of scientists, develop and test new products, and transform the food industry. The Suite Spot offers on-site private offices, dedicated desks, and hot desks with access to a state-of-the-art food facility with dedicated pilot plants, development and analytical laboratories, sensory testing, product labeling, compliance expertise and entrepreneurial consultation. The Suite Spot is located in the Food Innovation Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Synbiotic Health

Using the latest technologies in microbiome health, Synbiotic Health has developed rigorous selection methods to create novel ingredients – ecologically-advanced probiotics, pinpointed prebiotics, and synergistic synbiotics™ – targeting the gut microbiota to promote optimal health. Synbiotic Health was established by experienced scientific founders with a proven record of success in advancing scientific innovation and commercialization in the field of probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics.

The Combine

The Combine is a statewide initiative supporting high growth entrepreneurs in food and agriculture. The program consists of commercialization support through mentorship and a capital readiness program, networking events, a network of partnering producers across the state, as well as incubation space at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska

The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska works to address the global challenge of achieving food security with less stress on water resources through water management in agricultural and food systems.

The Food Processing Center at University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The Food Processing Center serves as a major food processing and applied research hub. It integrates applied research with state-of-the-art pilot plants, laboratory services, product developers and a team that supports food entrepreneurship. The role of the center is to enhance value from the idea through ongoing market support. Additionally, the center offers the unique combination of technical and business development services to accurately reflect the nature of the food industry. 

The Mill Coffee & Bistro

The Mill Coffee & Bistro offers The Mill's signature fresh-roasted coffees and fine teas. Located at NIC, this coffee shop offers breakfast items, locally-made sandwiches and vegetarian wraps, baked goods and desserts, a large selection of gourmet candies and chocolate, and a full line of coffee and tea related supplies and hardware. The Mill Coffee & Bistro also offers wine, craft beer, and cocktails. The coffee shop provides a casual, collaborative, and electric environment enjoyed by NIC Partners, the local community, and guests from near and far.

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The Scarlet Hotel

The Scarlet Hotel is a six-story, 154-room boutique hotel located in the heart of Nebraska Innovation Campus. The hotel includes a full-service restaurant, coffee shop, fitness facility, rooftop bar and additional high-end features to ensure an outstanding guest experience.

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TrueAlgae

TrueAlgae comes from the discovery of the benefits of microalgae for restoring soil, thus supporting food production in a sustainable way. Recognizing that the limitation for widespread use of algae in agriculture was its efficient cultivation, TrueAlgae's founders developed new technology to grow this valuable crop in unique, closed-loop, environmentally friendly photo-bioreactors. Harnessing the sun’s power and capturing CO2, the algae multiplies rapidly and provides a reliable, economical and sustainable resource for a multitude of uses.

Union Pacific

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation. One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. In the last 10 years, 2010-2019, Union Pacific invested approximately $35 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes its Bulk, Industrial and Premium business groups. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the flagship public research university in Nebraska. It is a member of the Big Ten Conference and is home to nine colleges that provide an infinite number of possibilities. It is Nebraska's oldest university and the largest in the University of Nebraska system.

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Food Science and Technology

The Department of Food Science and Technology aims to provide high-quality education and training to individuals preparing for careers in food science and technology in the food industry, academia or in the government. The department expects students to conduct basic and applied research in food science and technology. This research benefits the food industry as well as consumers. 

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln Industry Relations

Industry Relations works to advance public-private partnerships that involve the university with a focus on research collaborations. The team at Industry Relations works to build strategic, long-term relationships with companies, helps facilitate mutually beneficial collaborations, and provides customized solutions to address your unique needs.

Valent U.S.A. LLC

Valent U.S.A. LLC develops and markets products in the United States, Canada and Mexico that advance sustainable agriculture, protect crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent U.S.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Company Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, a world leader in petrochemicals, energy and functional materials, IT-related chemicals and materials, health and crop science products, and pharmaceuticals. Valent U.S.A.'s purpose is to advance safe and abundant food, fiber and fuel through sustainable practices and innovative solutions that benefit agriculture, the environment and society.

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Well & Good

The Well & Good is The Scarlet Hotel's full-service restaurant. Open daily, Well & Good stays true to the homestyle cooking of Nebraska legends, while serving up refined taste to exceed the expectations of the modern traveler. Students will be reminded of home; global guests will experience vast Good Life flavor. Both will take comfort in knowing they're being taken care of with true Midwest hospitality. 

Hours:
Breakfast: 7:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Dinner: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Bar: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. with food service during lunch and dinner hours