Tech Accelerator Partners
A partnership between Schiltz Food and Farms (Sisseton, S.D.) and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Avianax was established to develop antibodies and vaccines for viral, infectious diseases like West Nile and the Avian Flu. In addition, Schiltz Goose Farms North and Goose R&D have been formed to develop value-added agricultural products residing in Tolna, N.D.
The idea began when Schiltz lost 30 percent of its goose flock to disease. As the largest goose producer in North America, that loss of birds meant a significant loss of revenue. Avianax, working with UNDRF scientists and Dr. Bradley’s laboratory are using goose eggs and sera from Schiltz to produce and develop antibody therapeutics and vaccines to West Nile Virus and influenzas with the hope of solidifying viable products. Those vaccines or antibodies will become business products produced by Avianax or in partnership with a big pharmaceutical or bio- tech company.
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Red River Valley Education Cooperative
The Red River Valley Education Cooperative (RRVEC) is a part of the eight-region state network comprising the North Dakota Regional Education Association (REA) formed June 2005 through a Joint Powers Agreement by the North Dakota State Legislature. REAs were formed to provide school districts with a framework to use a coordinated approach to more efficiently and effectively use existing resources to meet the needs of students, staff, and communities. 93% of all public school districts in the state are members of an REA. Each REA offers unique programs and services based on the needs of their member schools. Beginning 2011, all REAs began working toward offering high quality programs and services in the areas of professional development, technology support, data systems support, school improvement support and curriculum enrichment.
The RRVEC represents nearly 13,000 K-12 students and approximately 1300 teachers in 22 member school districts, each represented by their respective superintendents at Administrative Board meetings. The Governing Board is comprised of seven elected representatives, either a superintendent or a school board member, selected from each of the regions within the RRVEC. Membership is voluntary for area school districts. Cooperative Members include four area special education units, institutes of higher education, and Career and Technical Education Centers.
The Red River Valley Education Cooperative employs a Director for program and service collaboration as well as managing day-to-day operations, a Technology Coordinator, and a Succeed 2020 Grant/Project Manger.