Sunday, May 22, 2016

Iowa City company aiding organ donations gets state support

University of Iowa organ donor recipient Audie Brown holds onto his fiancee Karrie Douthart’s hand before speaking during the 2011 Medal of Honor Ceremony for Organ Donation, Friday April 8, 2011 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. (Gazette file photo)
THE GAZETTE | Mitchell Schmidt

MOINES — With the aid of state funds, a budding Iowa City company aimed at reducing donor organ loss is nearly ready to launch.

Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority board approved $25,000 in funding for ORGANizer, launched by entrepreneurs Dalton Shaull and Eric Pahl.

Shaull, 22, said Friday he had been working with Pahl on the project for over a year and the company has a personal connection for him.

After being in a motorcycle crash in June 2013, Shaull spent several months in the hospital. During that time, Shaull said he decided he wanted to make a difference.

“In large hospitals, there are things that, they do it today because that’s how they did it yesterday. That’s kind of how it is. I decided to challenge that,” he said.

After seeing firsthand the challenges one of his friends faced while waiting four years for a heart transplant, Shaull found his focus.

“I was searching for a way to improve health care and it just so happens that that led me down the path of organ transplant. It’s an incredible industry, everyone is very passionate about improving lives,” he said. Continue reading
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