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North Dakota Department of Commerce: A Catalyst for the Start-Up Ecosystem

Jay Schuler is the current Commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “We [The Department of Commerce team] are a ‘can do’ staff…. and we are working to make North Dakota a better state to live and work,” explained Schuler. Through state-established programs and grants, this team desires to be a catalyst for the start-up ecosystem in North Dakota following the entrepreneurial leadership of Schuler and Governor Doug Burgum.

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Recent Local Bioscience/Biotechnology Events

Bioscience Association of North Dakota Reception

Left-to-Right: Chris Kalash, Brent Sanford, Bruce Gjovig, Jay Schuler, Ryan Rauschenberger, and Robert Lauf

Left-to-Right: Chris Kalash, Brent Sanford, Bruce Gjovig, Jay Schuler, Ryan Rauschenberger, and Robert Lauf

On March 21 the Bioscience Association of North Dakota held a reception in Bismarck, ND at the Capital Gallery. Our Legislative Members were present as well as members of the Executive Branch. Bruce Gjovig, Chairman, addressed the group with a welcoming statement and Association updates. There was discussion of Legislative issues with individual members. Richard Glynn, Executive Director, discussed the various challenges and opportunities currently existing for Bioscience. There were approximately 40 attendees.

Bruce Gjovig, UND Innovation Center CEO, to retire

The longtime leader of the UND Center for Innovation will retire April 30, he announced Tuesday. Bruce Gjovig, the center's CEO and entrepreneur coach, is leaving after 33 years with the facility.

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Recent Articles


(Jan 27th, 2017) A new honey bee testing service announced this week will allow beekeepers to more effectively identify and address diseases plaguing bee colonies, according to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center. NAGC conducted the research and developed the testing panel with the support of the National Corn Growers Association and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. The testing service called “Bee Care” will launch in February 2017.

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$240 Million Soybean Processing Plant Announced in North Dakota

Governor Doug Burgum and representatives from Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) and its North Dakota subsidiary formally unveiled the proposal to build a crush facility and refinery at Spiritwood, N.D. during the Northern Soybean Expo in Fargo.

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Aldevron Announces Growth Investment from TA Associates

Aldevron, a contract development and manufacturing organization specializing in the production of plasmid DNA, proteins and antibodies, announced on January 24, 2017 it has received a growth investment from TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm.

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Company Spotlights

NAGC - National Agricultural Genotyping Center

Our mission at the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC)
is to translate scientific discoveries into solution for production agriculture,
food safety, functional foods, bioenergy and national security.

We are supported through a public and private partnership of leading research and trade organizations, including LANL and NCGA. LANL provides the technological and informatics expertise to maintain technological advancements and ensure diverse genotyping needs are met. NCGA represents 35,000 dues-paying corn farmers from 47 states and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs.

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