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Skroot Laboratory, led by CBE’s Reuel, takes top venture honor in Pappajohn competition

Reuel with John Pappajohn and sponsors at awards event
Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel (second from left) is shown receiving the first place check in the Pappajohn (second from right) Venture Competition (Photo by Isaac Hackman Photography).

Skroot Laboratory, Inc., a startup business founded and led by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel, has netted a significant business honor.

Skroot, which was launched in 2018, took first place in the 2021 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition  in Des Moines at the 25-year anniversary celebration of the Pappajohn Centers for Entrepreneurship. The centers are at five universities and colleges across the state, including at Iowa State.

Pappajohn, the renowned Iowa business leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, provides ongoing support to the centers and venture competition to stimulate startup activity in Iowa. The venture competition honors the best new companies in the state, identified through a written application and live pitch to a panel of experienced judges. There were nine finalists in the 2021 venture competition, with Skroot coming out on top, and receiving a check for $40,000.

Skroot Laboratory, Inc., is a seed stage biotechnology company providing wireless process analytical technologies (PAT) for cell and protein therapy development, especially suited for upstream design campaigns. The technology has garnered NSF Phase I and II SBIR awards, federal CARES act funding, and a growing number of end users. It was featured in an Iowa State University news feature earlier this year.

Read more about the Pappajohn honor as part of an Iowa Business Record Innovation Iowa story.