Fredrikson & Byron

Fredrikson & Byron was founded in Minneapolis in 1948.  Since then, we’ve grown into an international firm of over 280 attorneys in over 35 practice and industry areas, serving clients from seven offices worldwide. We serve a broad variety of publicly and privately held businesses, financial institutions, municipalities, professional corporations, limited liability companies, nonprofits, trade associations, partnerships, and individuals. Clients include new ventures, small and medium-sized companies, family businesses, and national and international companies traded on world stock exchanges.


Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel and Mexico. Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota.


Avera Health
The region’s largest health care system with more than 13,100 employees and gross revenue of nearly $1.8 billion. Avera’s system strength brings exceptional health care to 238 locations in 85 communities of the five-state region. Avera’s inpatient and clinic visits totaled upwards of 2.1 million in the past fiscal year, a number equal to more than twice the population of the Avera service area.

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BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. The  key areas of focus for BIO are:

Health Care

Emerging Companies
Intellectual Property
Industrial & Environmental
Food & Agriculture
Public Policy
International Policy


Fisher Scientific

Fisher Scientific offers customers convenient access to a complete portfolio of laboratory equipment, chemicals, supplies and services used in scientific research, healthcare, safety, and education markets.  A global network of direct sales professionals, industry-specific catalogs, e-commerce capabilities and supply-chain management services enables Fisher Scientific to offer a broad mix of products manufactured by Thermo Fisher Scientific and third parties.





South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest and most comprehensive university. It is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university/high activity. Enrollment at SDSU is nearly 13,000 students from throughout South Dakota, all 50 states and 52 countries. The university offers 12 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctoral programs. SDSU has a contiguous campus of 272 acres in Brookings and nearly 15,000 acres in seven locations from Buffalo to Beresford for agricultural research and demonstrations. Biotechnology research education programs include agricultural crops, veterinary and biomedical sciences, industrial biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, livestock, bioenergy and other fields.

South Dakota EPSCoR
In 1980, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The EPSCoR program is designed to assist states to establish a self-sustaining academic research enterprise with the competitive capability that will contribute to the states’ economic viability and development. SD EPSCoR’s mission is to strengthen research and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) across South Dakota to increase science literacy and drive science-based economic development. SD EPSCoR helps build South Dakota’s research infrastructure and increases its capacity to successfully compete for federal funding.


Howalt+McDowell Insurance

Howalt+McDowell Insurance began in 1946 as a loan and real estate operation and the insurance department was added in 1957. With an exceptional focus on treating "client as king" Howalt+McDowell soon grew into South Dakota's largest brokerage. That same fierce commitment to service continues today as a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company.


The Sioux Falls team specializes in coverages for agribusiness, construction, manufacturing, healthcare and non-profits, private client services and employee health and benefits.


SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc.
SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. (SAB), is a biopharmaceutical company on the leading edge of innovation, developing natural technologies that have the potential to transform the treatment and prevention of diseases from cancer to Ebola, and diabetes to influenza. SAB’s first-of-its-kind therapeutic production platform holds the promise of treatment of rare conditions, long-term diseases and global pandemic threats. 


South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development expands primary job opportunities in South Dakota by retaining existing businesses, fostering new businesses and recruiting out-of-state companies. Efforts are focused on six key industries, including biosciences. We work with local EDCs to expand and diversify the state’s economy, as well as administer a variety of financing programs.


South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Founded in 1885, the School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT)was established to meet the growing research needs of the mining industry, led by the Homestake Mine in Lead, South Dakota. The school is now an elite technological university offering 37 baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs with 2,350 talented and motivated students engaged in challenging and exciting academic programs. Online degrees are available, including professional master’s programs in construction management, engineering management, and mining engineering. SDSMT believes the role of engineers and scientists is crucial to the advancement of society. Graduates design, construct, and operate the most advanced technology to meet today’s complex challenges, such as climate change, bioenergy, mineral extraction and processing, environmental quality, and national defense.


USD BME works at the interface of engineering and medicine. As an anchor for the USD Discovery District, the BME Department fosters collaboration focused on research, product development, and commercialization. Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, the BME Department also houses a pilot-scale cGMP facility, shared equipment facilities, and biotech incubator space.



A federal grant awarded to GOED and USD to promote bioscience innovation and workforce development. The grant is valued at almost $1 million over three years.


Nelson Engineering

The Nelson Engineering team is driven by an enthusiasm for biotech innovation. We partner with the industry’s pioneers to provide turnkey engineering, procurement and construction services. You will find us innovating in a number of biotech applications: fuel ethanol, biochemicals, ag processing, advanced and renewable biofuels, bioplastics, biomass
and algae.

South Dakota Development Corporation
The SDDC is certified under the Small Business Administration as a Certified Development Company, a nonprofit corporation that promotes economic development within its community through 504 loans. CDCs are certified and regulated by the SBA. The SDDC was the first in the state to receive this designation.