October 2019: Events, News and Networking

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Here are the first four investments from Venture Investors’ new $75M health VC fund

October 6, 2019
Invenra Inc., a Madison startup that developed a drug discovery platform to identify human multi-specific antibodies for immuno-oncology, is one of the four startups to receive an investment from Wisconsin’s Venture Investors.

The funding comes from the venture capital investment group’s new $75 million fund dedicated to health startups, which will be managed from Madison, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Milwaukee.

Aaron Olver: Better transit is key to keeping Madison strong, tackling challenges

September 28, 2019
WI State Journal
Guest Column: Aaron Olver
Director University Research Park

Madison’s economy is thriving. We feel it here at University Research Park in Madison: Vacancy is reaching historic lows. Mallinckrodt, a pharmaceutical company, just completed a successful phase-three clinical trial of its StrataGraft regenerative tissue. And we are busy building the headquarters symbolizing innovation for Exact Sciences, the maker of the noninvasive colon cancer test called Cologuard.

But growth brings challenges.

A modern and efficient transit system will help move our region forward.


Sen. Tammy Baldwin takes in ‘locally sourced science’ at Morgridge Institute

October 09, 2019
Today, metabolism research at UW-Madison is stronger than ever, and Baldwin took the opportunity to tour the lab of one of her grandfather’s scientific successors: Dave Pagliarini, a Morgridge metabolism investigator and UW-Madison professor of biochemistry.

Hai lands NIH grant to use new brain sensors to study epileptic seizures

September 17, 2019
Through a new four-year, $700,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Aviad Hai, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his team will leverage their newly developed brain imaging sensors and apply them to study the cross-regional manifestations of brain seizures in epilepsy.

Protecting the most vulnerable patients during anesthesia

October 14, 2019
Pediatric anesthesia is a stressful and critical environment. Dr. Bilen-Rosas wants to help clinicians recognize dangerous sedation pathologies sooner. She teamed up with the Morgridge Fab Lab to create a new medical device that alerts clinicians to compromised airways.

Mallinckrodt Announces Positive Top-line Results from Pivotal Phase 3 Clinical Trial of StrataGraft® Regenerative Tissue

September 23, 2019
Mallinckrodt, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced positive top-line results from its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of its investigational StrataGraft® regenerative tissue.

The study, which met both primary endpoints, evaluated the efficacy and safety of a single application of StrataGraft in the treatment of deep partial-thickness thermal burns.



FDA Decision Expands Market for Exact Sciences’ Cologuard Test

September 23, 2019
Exact Sciences has taken another step toward ramping up sales of its flagship product, a non-invasive, stool-based screening test for colorectal cancer. The FDA has approved the test, Cologuard, for eligible, average-risk patients ages 45 and older, which expands the market that Madison, WI-based Exact can address with its product.

Overture Season Discounted Tickets for URP Tenants!

URP tenants and their employees are invited to purchase discounted tickets* and select your own seats to all Broadway and Overture Presents performances. The price when you select your seat(s) reflects the discounted rate.

CLICK HERE - to see available shows - and enter promo-code: UNIPARK

* A reduced $4 per ticket handling charge applies. Offer may exclude some performances or sections, depending on the show. Subject to availability. Offer may expire two to four weeks prior to the show, or earlier if performances sell out. Offer valid for best available seats.

Anatomy of Exact Sciences project: Exact, Findorff and Potter Lawson partnership

October 22 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Coliseum Bar | 232 E Olin Ave

Get an insider’s view of the planning, technology and resources that went into construction of the recently opened Exact Sciences clinical laboratory by attending the Oct. 22 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon in Madison.

Panelists are Bob Hougard, science and technology lead of Findorff, Jeremy Hulsey, senior project manager of Exact Sciences and Eric Lawson, president and chief executive officer of Potter Lawson.

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8-hour DOT Triennial General Awareness Training for the Biotech Industry

October 23 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
University Research Park
Center 510 Charmany Drive
The Irving Shain Conference Room (rm 50)

Kestrel’s 8-hour DOT General Awareness Training is applicable for all biotech companies that ship hazardous materials, ship hazardous waste, or prepare shipments of hazardous materials/waste for transport. It teaches all topics required for DOT general awareness training and DOT general security training and will meet the requirements for triennial training certification. Participants will receive a Certificate of Training, course guide, and resource collection of DOT support materials.

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GMCC: Advocacy in the A.M. – Fearless Science

October 24 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
330 N. Orchard Street | Madison, WI

What do we lose if scientists cannot pursue basic research questions? Join GMCC for their next Advocacy in the A.M. Oct. 24 at the Morgridge Institute for Research as they explore how fundamental scientific discoveries drive economic development, why government investment in discovery-driven research matters and how the success of Greater Madison’s business community is connected to a healthy research environment at UW-Madison.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive

November 4 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
University Research Park
Center 510 Charmany Drive
The Irving Shain Conference Room (rm 50)

An estimated 38 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood or platelets, but of those, less than 10 percent actually donate each year.

If you are healthy and eligible, please come out to donate. Most donations take about an hour, so book your appointment, roll up your sleeve and become a part of the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.

Save time by using the RapidPass, where you can complete your pre-donation reading and health history ahead of time at  or use the Blood Donor App before your appointment.

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M.S. in Biotechnology Program: Informational Open House for Fall 2020 Admission

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University Research Park
Center 510 Charmany Drive
The Irving Shain Conference Room (rm 50)

A 30-minute presentation will provide an overview of the curriculum and degree experience, as well as address qualifications for admission and how to apply.

Natalie Betz, PhD, Associate Director
Bryan Husk, MA, Assistant Director
Michele Smith, MS SCT(ASCP), Program Manager

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Women in Biohealth- HR Panel: Industry Trends in Biohealth

November 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Catalent Pharma Solutions
726 Heartland Trail | Madison, WI 53717

Save the date to join Women in Biohealth for a lively human resources panel discussion about recruitment and hiring in the biohealth industry with Debra Martinez from Accuray, Megan Wurster from Aerotek, April Hughes from Illumina, and Marla Rybowiak from The Employer Group. The conversation will be guided by anonymous questions submitted by attendees before the event.

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WARF Innovation Day

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monona Terrace Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive | Madison, WI

This year’s WARF Innovation Day is presented in conjunction with the WI Tech Council’s Early Stage Symposium (ESS), taking place Nov. 6-7.

Agenda Inlcudes:

Quick Pitch Presentations
Sneak peek: Hear from the investigators moving promising technologies closer to the marketplace and learn how WARF Accelerator is helping to de-risk their discoveries.

Keynote Speaker, Tom Krummel
Best Way to Predict the Future...Is to Invent It!
Experienced entrepreneur, surgeon and innovator Tom Krummel will join WARF Innovation Day as our keynote speaker. Krummel will share lessons learned from co-founding the Stanford Byers Center for BioDesign and his thoughts on the importance of commercializing university research.

WARF Innovation Awards
Recognizing early-stage innovation
Finalist groups will share three-minute summaries of their technology. The two winning groups are selected by a panel of external judges who look for technologies with potential for long-term impact that present an exciting solution to a known problem and may produce broad benefits for humankind.

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2019 Early Stage Symposium

November 6-7
Monona Terrace Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive | Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium will be held Nov. 6-7, 2019, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. More than 500 people are expected to attend the conference from across the state.

New this year: The conference will be immediately preceded by “Innovation Day,” which is produced by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The WARF Innovation Day will be held Nov. 5 at Monona Terrace Convention Center, with more details to follow.

The annual Wisconsin W•O•M•E•N reception (Women, Opportunities, Mentors, Networking, Entrepreneurs) will also be held Nov. 5.

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University Intellectual Property: Perspectives on protection, enforcement and commercialization

November 13 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm    
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
330 N. Orchard Street | Madison, WI
  • Session 1: Building an entrepreneurial and technology commercialization ecosystem in a university setting—from Bayh-Dole to business creation in the U.S. and China.
  • Session 2: Myths and the reality of enforcing and commercializing IP in China

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