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Friday, June 17, 2016

How an Iowa City startup plans to help with organ donation

Organizer co-founders Eric Pahl, left, and Dalton Shaull want to connect organ donation networks with transplant centers.(Photo: Justin Torner/The University of Iowa/Special to the Register)

Asked why he would get involved with the business of organ transplants, Dalton Shaull points to his personal experience.

The former Hawkeyes football player and recent University of Iowa graduate had to have a nerve transplant after a vehicle accident hindered movement in his right arm. In addition, the son of a family friend, Shaull said, has had to wait for a heart transplant since being born about two years ago.

"For me, what really motivated me to research it more was 'why is it taking so long?'" Shaull said.

Shaull then met his business partner, fellow Iowa student Eric Pahl, and the two teamed up to create Organizer, a communication tool they hope will make it easier and faster for donor networks to connect with transplant centers. Instead of donor networks making multiple phone calls to multiple transplant centers, Organizer would replace the process with a mobile application.

"We make numerous, numerous phone calls trying to line up the coordination to get the team here to recover the organ that they’ve accepted. It’s very time-consuming," said Sam Hill, the organ donation manager with Iowa Donor Network. Continue reading
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