December 2018: Events, News and Networking

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Illumina Announces a New Genotyping Array and Scientific Contribution to Three Genome Centers to Support the All of Us Research Program

December 6, 2018
Illumina, Inc. announced the launch of its new high-density genotyping array, the Infinium™ Global Diversity Array.

This new array was developed for and inspired by the All of Us Research Program.

From poet and ski bum to disease fighter: Invenra's Roland Green

December 3, 2018
Green, 53, is CEO and co-founder of Invenra, a Madison company working on drugs to fight cancer, a company so promising it has forged collaborations with two successful drug companies even though it doesn’t have a single drug in human trials yet.

One of the agreements could eventually bring Invenra $1.4 billion — if all goes well.

UW-Madison startup lets businesses ‘chat’ with their data

November 24, 2018
Jignesh Patel, a University of Wisconsin-Madison computer scientist, wants to make understanding data like turning on lights in a house.

That’s why Patel and Rogers Jeffrey Leo John, a recent UW-Madison computer science graduate student, founded DataChat. The 18-month-old startup promises to let decision makers without technical expertise have a “conversation” with data.

UW–Madison retains research ranking

November 20, 2018
The National Science Foundation on Nov. 20 released its 2017 Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey data, showing that UW–Madison placed 6th in its rankings. In last year’s HERD survey report, capturing 2016 data, UW–Madison also ranked 6th.

Data on UW–Madison’s 2017 expenditures show the university remains a research powerhouse with more than $1.19 billion in annual expenditures for research across all fields, about half of which comes from federal awards.

Governor’s Business Plan Contest is Open!

DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2019, 5 P.M.

The mission of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-enabled businesses in Wisconsin. The contest links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice, high-quality education, management talent and possible sources of capital.

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BioForward Year-End Member Recognition

December 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
University Club - Madison

Business Card Raffle for Local Gift Baskets, Networking and more!

With a successful 2018 behind us, it’s time to celebrate! Bring together your colleagues and join us for an evening showcasing our member accomplishments, followed by our speaker, Penn Vieau. Penn will convey how to manifest the power of positive thinking and how companies can effectively implement positive cultures to retain and attract talent. We will then close the evening with a networking reception including complimentary cocktails, appetizers, and music.

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Browsing WARF, WiSys portfolios for industry topic of Dec. 13 Tech Council luncheon in Appleton

December 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Fox Valley Technical College
5 N. Systems Drive - Appleton, WI 54914

More than 3,000 homegrown, academic discoveries are available for licensing by industries in Wisconsin – and it’s not that hard to shop for what you need. Learn more about the patent portfolios of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and its sister organization, the WiSys Technology Foundation, at the Thursday, Dec. 13 meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network in Appleton.

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A Christmas Carol at Overture Center for the Arts

December 8 - December 23
Capitol Theater of Overture Center
201 State St.

In partnership with Children’s Theater of Madison, URP is pleased to offer tenants and their staff an exclusive 25% discount to CTM’s production of A Christmas Carol at Overture Center for the Arts.

Order your tickets from October 30 – December 1, 2018. We hope you’ll take advantage of this special employee benefit.!

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MERLIN Mentors has openings for entrepreneurs seeking experienced mentors

Tap into Merlin's network of 100+ mentors to gain entrepreneurial skills and help your business grow!    Visit the website for details and to apply for mentoring.

Merlin Mentors has a rolling application process and accepts applications on an ongoing basis. MERLIN is a free program open to entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs in any industry. Applicants must be live in South Central Wisconsin.  

Contact Program Director Susie Younkle at with questions or to schedule a call to learn more.

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