The following press release was initially published on April 30, 2019, via Iowa Biotechnology Association.
For Immediate Release
Ankeny, IA – April 30, 2019 – Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Billi Hunt presented the 2019 Cultivation Corridor Iowa Biotech Leader Award to Dr. Michael Abramoff, CEO and founder of IDx. Abramoff received the award on April 30, 2019 during a reception as part of the Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) annual conference, Partnering for Growth Biotech Innovation Showcase and Forum.
The award recognizes an individual who, in the past year, has demonstrated leadership in their organization and within the industry, an ability to bring innovative biotechnology products and services to the marketplace and a commitment to advancing Iowa’s biotechnology industry.
After discovering the inefficiencies of screening for diabetic retinopathy, Dr. Abramoff spent the following decade developing autonomous systems capable of making medical decisions by themselves. His mission is to transform the quality, accessibility and affordability of global healthcare through the automation of medical diagnosis and treatment.
“Dr. Abramoff and his accomplishments through IDx Technologies Inc. are truly the definition of cutting edge,” said Jessica Hyland, IowaBio’s executive director. “His breakthrough method of identifying eye disease is the first of its kind approved by the FDA. The Iowa Biotechnology Association is proud to recognize this Iowan as the 2019 Iowa Biotech Leader of the Year.”
In addition to developing the first ever FDA approved medical device to use artificial intelligence to diagnose diseases, Dr. Abramoff also has over 20 different patents of innovative technology and has received many awards and honors from across the globe for his research in the field. While continuing research at IDx, Dr. Abramhoff is also a distinguished professor at the University of Iowa, mentoring students to continue innovating and developing the industry.
Since 1994, the Iowa Biotechnology Association has provided benefits and services to promote the interests and growth of the life sciences industries in Iowa. We are a non-profit, membership-based organization with a diversified membership including industry companies from all segments of biotechnology, universities & colleges, state & federal associations, as well as numerous service & support companies. Our Association seeks to promote the success and growth of biotech-based business in Iowa, ultimately securing our strong biotech economy while growing our business & increasing our influence nationally and around the globe. For more information, visit IowaBio.org.
About America’s Cultivation Corridor
Focused on further developing and marketing the world-renowned bioeconomy in Central Iowa, America’s Cultivation Corridor is building on a rich history of innovation to accelerate value-added agriculture business development by attracting companies, talent and capital from across the globe to the state. Representing a diverse public-private coalition of stakeholders including the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Ames Chamber of Commerce, Iowa State University, non-profits and private sector companies from across the region and state, the Cultivation Corridor is one of the nation’s foremost cluster-based economic development organizations. For more information, visit CultivationCorridor.org.
Jessica Hyland, Executive Director
Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio)
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