September 2019: Events, News and Networking

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Madison home to at least 10 stem cell companies

September 15, 2019
Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics Inc. is one of at least 10 stem cell companies in Madison, most started by UW-Madison researchers….and several of them are University Research Park tenants.

Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics prepares to open ‘cleanroom’ facility

September 15, 2019
FCDI’s new $21 million facility, next to its headquarters at University Research Park, will meet the Food and Drug Administration’s strict standards for Good Manufacturing Practice. With specially filtered air, air-lock entry doors, gowns, gloves and masks worn by workers, and with other provisions, the space will be at least 1,000 times cleaner than a regular lab, company officials said.

GoDx finalist for Buzz of BIO Investor Conference

September 13, 2019
GoDx announced today they were a finalist for Buzz of BIO at the upcoming BIO Investor Forum. Winners will be announced September 18, 2019.

UW–Madison geneticist named science ambassador to girls and young women

September 10, 2019
Ahna Skop, a University of Wisconsin–Madison genetics professor, artist and advocate for underrepresented students on the UW–Madison campus and beyond, has been selected as an IF/THEN Ambassador — an initiative to further women in science — by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

UW-Madison rank rises to 13th best public college in America, report says

September 9, 2019
UW-Madison rose in national rankings to No. 13 among the best public colleges or universities in the country, according to this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report.

UW launches new school of computer science, responding to student demand and workforce need

September 6, 2019
The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced on Thursday the creation of its first new school in two decades, responding to high demand from students and a burgeoning need in the state’s workforce.

Computer science is now the most popular undergraduate major at the university, growing to 1,560 students in 2018. Over several years, massive increases in student enrollment strained the computer science department’s resources.


Industry partners leverage UW-Madison for business success

August 20, 2019
Representatives of four large Midwestern businesses spanning retail, Internet technology, insurance and finance gave an insider’s view on establishing and profiting from expertise at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world’s great universities.

Corporate investors offer another avenue for young companies

September 1, 2019
From insurance to health, and from manufacturing to agriculture, corporate venture funds have evolved from trend to fixture on the early stage investing scene.

When the venture capital arm of American Family Insurance got off the ground in the early 2010s, it was ahead of the game when it came to corporate venture capital — especially within the insurance world.

In fact, only two other insurance company funds were putting money into young firms in the “insure-tech” or financial tech arenas. Today, there are more than 30 such funds worldwide, with $2.5 billion collectively invested by insurance funds in 2018 alone.

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.

Innovation Network Luncheon: Ebola, pandemics and avian flu

September 24 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Coliseum Bar
232 E Olin Ave

One of the world’s experts on Ebola and influenza viruses will be joined by the head of FluGen Inc. at the Sept. 24 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon in Madison.

Internationally renowned virologist Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a UW-Madison and University of Tokyo scientist, will explain how flu viruses naturally mutate – often into more dangerous strains. Such was the case in the 1918 pandemic that killed about 50 million people worldwide. Kawaoka is involved in fighting the Ebola virus outbreaks in Africa and is a leading authority of the transfer of “avian” flu strains from birds to people.

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September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
5445 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg

Previous Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, Dr. Jo Handelsman is widely recognized for her contributions to science education and diversity in science, as well as her research on gender bias in science. We look forward to hearing about her work and her experiences, and welcome her insight into the gender-related challenges facing the biohealth industry in the 21st century.

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S3 Research Products Show

September 26 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
University Research Park
Center 510 Charmany Drive
The Irving Shain Conference Room (rm 50)

“The Best Solutions for Buyers, Suppliers & End-Users”

  • What’s new…
  • What works…
  • What can aid your research!

Come enjoy refreshments and light lunch.

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GMCC 67th Annual Dinner:
ME is finite. WE is infinite.

October 1 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
1 John Nolen Dr.
Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison WI

There is much to celebrate when it comes to Greater Madison’s economic acceleration. Yet we face significant challenges – and solving those challenges requires turning the page from ME-centric participation to WE-centric collaboration.

As always, you can expect high-quality entertainment with state-of-the-art production and a world-class keynote speaker at Greater Madison’s largest business networking event of the year.

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BioForward 2019 Biohealth Summit

October 2nd @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Overture Center for the Arts, Madison WI

BioForward’s annual Biohealth Summit serves as Wisconsin’s platform to highlight our diverse biohealth community, collaborate on new challenges and opportunities, and forge our path to continued leadership and growth. Last year over 500 attendees, representing 250+ industry-leading organizations, organized a once-in-a-lifetime interactive genome experiment, strengthened our Women in BioHealth and talent initiatives, and welcomed two keynotes from the technology industry that highlighted the shift in healthcare innovation.

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OSHA, EPA, DOT Regulatory Lunch & Learn

October 3 @ 11:30 am - 12:30pm
University Research Park
Center 510 Charmany Drive
The Irving Shain Conference Room (rm 50)
  • Do you use chemicals that are toxic, flammable, reactive, pyrophoric, corrosive, carcinogenic, or radioactive? Do you have an inventory of your chemicals with Safety Data Sheets?
  • Do you understand hazardous waste management and disosal regulations?
  • Are you spending too much on hazardous waste disposal? Would a coordinated hazardous waste disposal service be helpful to you?
In this general overview presentation, Kestrel Management’s experts will introduce you to the most common OSHA, EPA and DOT requirements that apply to the biotech industry. We will provide a high-level understanding of regulations that impact you, including some examples of what we’ve seen. We will end with a Q&A session to address your specific questions.

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Celebrate Curiosity Across Wisconsin at Wisconsin Science Festival!

October 17 - October 20
Multiple Venues across Wisconsin

The The four-day Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with events across Wisconsin for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more. The Wisconsin Science Festival received the Key of Excellence Award from Phi Beta Kappa in 2014 for “blending science with both the arts and humanities to cultivate curiosity, inspire discovery, and grow knowledge.”

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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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Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin Donation Drive

September 26 @ 7:30am - 2:30pm
MGE Innovation Center parking lot
505 South Rosa Rd.

Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin will be at the park on September 26, in the MGE Innovation Center parking lot. Goodwill SCWI will gladly accept clothing, household items and electronics. They also accept computer equipment, working for not!

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