2019 Governor's Bioscience Award


Pictured from left to right: Phil Kozera, executive director of Bio Nebraska; Jordyn Grabowski, UNK student from Cairo and granddaughter of Gloria Thesenvitz; Gloria Thesenvitz, the 2019 Governor’s Bioscience Award Winner and founder of Nova-Tech; Kaitlyn Thesenvitz, UNL student from Wood River and granddaughter of Gloria Thesenvitz; Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

Nova-Tech Founder Gloria Thesenvitz Wins Governor’s Bioscience Award

LINCOLN, Neb., April 25, 2019 – Bio Nebraska Life Sciences Association (Bio Nebraska)announced today that Gloria Thesenvitz, founder of Grand Island, Neb. based animal-health manufacturing company Nova-Tech, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Governor’s Bioscience Award, presented by Gov. Pete Ricketts. This prestigious award was given during the Bio Nebraska annual meeting on April 25 and recognizes individuals and companies making significant contributions to the Nebraska bioscience industry.

Thesenvitz founded Nova-Tech in 1988, providing animal serums to drug companies for growing cells. In 2004, the firm expanded into manufacturing of liquid delivery systems for intravenous, subcutaneous, or muscular injection of therapies, and today is a leader in the field. Its FDA-registered plant is situated in a state-of-the-art facility in Grand Island. 

In announcing the award, Gov. Pete Ricketts discussed the key role Thesenvitz played in founding and leading the growth of Nova-Tech.

“Gloria built this company from scratch. She saw an idea and was propelled by her will and desire to succeed and overcome many challenges along the way,” said Gov. Ricketts during the award presentation. “Over the years, under her strong leadership, Nova-Tech expanded in its target markets in animal health. They built an outstanding facility, workforce, and leadership team, with the result being a strong, capable company that is an innovative leader. Many congratulations to Gloria Thesenvitz – she is a great example of a Nebraska bioscience entrepreneur.”

Thesenvitz has been active in many local and state civic organizations, including serving on the Bio Nebraska Board of Directors. She remains on the Nova-Tech board after retiring from day-to-day operations. Her daughter, Teresa Grabowski, is the company president and son, Gary Thesenvitz, is vice president of facilities and equipment, and both play key roles on the company’s leadership team.

“Gloria exemplifies the hard work, spirit and determination of a Nebraska life sciences leader,” said Phil Kozera, executive director of Bio Nebraska. “Her willingness to take risk and drive to excel in her company’s mission is a 30-year legacy of success. We thank her for all that she has done for her company, community, and state.” 

“Building a tech-based industry in central Nebraska has been rewarding,” Thesenvitz said to the Grand Island Independent. “It is one of my personal satisfactions knowing that students in our area can consider a career in the sciences and have the option to come back to our community and have a good career at Nova-Tech.”