January 2019: Events, News and Networking

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Exact Sciences to report $454-455M in total revenue, 71-percent growth for 2018

January 6, 2019
For full-year 2018, the company anticipates reporting total revenue between $454 million and $455 million, a year-over-year increase of 71 percent. Completed Cologuard test volume during 2018 was approximately 934,000 tests, a 64-percent increase from 2017. Nearly 15,000 health care providers ordered Cologuard for the first time during the fourth quarter of 2018. The number of providers who have ordered Cologuard since its launch increased to nearly 147,000 during 2018.

Madison will house new stem cell production facility

January 3, 2019
Fujifilm Cellular Dynamics, Inc. (FCDI) plans to build a $21 million facility in Madison to manufacture stem cells for use in developing regenerative medicine drugs — its own drugs and those of other companies. FCDI has labs and offices in University Research Park at 525 Science Drive and recently expanded to 465 Science Drive.

Stemina’s Beth Donley – Best of Madison Business 2019

December 28, 2018
Stemina Biomarker Discovery’s roots are in stem cells, one of the pillars of Madison’s standing in the bioscience world. After eight years as general counsel and director of business development for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF, Beth Donley founded Stemina in 2006 with University of Wisconsin–Madison scientist and pioneer stem cell researcher Dr. Gabriela Cezar.

Within three years Stemina’s first product hit the market and the company took off, growing its team and expanding its drug-screening technologies to diagnostic biomarker discoveries in autism, cancer and reproductive biology.

How genetically engineered human micro-hearts can save lives | Ayla Annac | TEDx

December 15, 2018
Ayla is a co-founder of InvivoSciences, Inc., which has pioneered the development of ‘human micro hearts for discovery’. Its patented 3D human cell culture and automation technologies allow pharmaceutical developers to predict individual patient response to a specific treatment accurately and to develop the cardio-safe and effective treatments.

Hiring, wages and profits all rise, Madison-area business leaders say in survey

December 15, 2018
Three-fourths of the local executives who replied to the annual First Business Bank Economic Survey said sales jumped in 2018 and even more, 78 percent, expect revenue to increase in 2019. More than half, 53 percent, said their company was more profitable this year than last and 55 percent project another round of profitability gains in 2019.

“The results were overwhelmingly positive in just about every category,” First Business Bank President Jim Hartlieb said.

Discovery to Product (D2P) Spring Programs

Applications for programs are due on Friday, January 25.

D2P is currently accepting applications for two spring semester courses to help campus innovators commercialize their groundbreaking ideas, Innovation to Market (I2M) and Igniter. All D2P programs are free and open to UW–Madison faculty, staff, and students.

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NIH SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop

January 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee

During this workshop, sponsored by the MCW Office of Technology Development, a Technology Consultant from Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC), will cover all aspects of writing NIH SBIR/STTR grants.

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Madworks Accelerator Spring Cohort

Applications for programs are due by Saturday February 2nd

Madworks will offer a program starting in early February that will run 10 weeks to early April. We will meet twice a week; once as a group, where we will discuss biggest challenges, hold pitch practices, and other group activities, and once individually, where we will spend 30 minutes discussing your exact needs and challenges.

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Learn more about Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum from some of its prime organizers

January 22 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Coliseum Bar
232 E Olin Ave

Connecting young tech-based businesses to the state’s leading healthcare providers and demonstrating how healthcare quality can enhance the economy are among the goals of the recently created Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum. Learn more about the WHBF from some of its prime organizers at the Tuesday, Jan. 22 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon meeting in Madison.

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Women In Biohealth – Happy Hour & 2019 Kickoff

January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Twist Bar & Grill
6617 Odana Road

Women In Biohealth – Happy Hour & 2019 Kickoff: Jan. 23, 2019 Learn more about Women in Biohealth and hear about what was accomplished in 2018 as well as how you can get involved in 2019. Registration will be from 5PM to 5:30Pm. Following registration, take part in a networking happy hour and mix and mingle with the women in biohealth community.

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DOYENNE Madison: January 2019 Connect

January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
821 E Washington Ave

Join us in an evening of getting to know Doyenne members and networking with other women professionals while enjoying food and beverages. This event is open to Doyenne Members as well as Community Members. Your ticket price includes entrance for 2 people, so bring a friend to come learn about Doyenne and meet other local women entrepreneurs.

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Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event held every spring that brings together Madison designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things! Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

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