July 2019: Events, News and Networking

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UW–Madison researchers win presidential award

July 12, 2019
Four promising young University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers have been named winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Since 1996, the awards have honored outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent research careers who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

UW + NASA: Sharing control with robots may make manufacturing safer, more efficient

July 10, 2019
With newly won support from NASA, Bilge Mutlu and partners at UW–Madison and Boeing are designing lower-power robots that can handle a wider range of less-rigidly defined tasks by working more collaboratively with a human operator.

More than $280 million was raised by the state’s early stage companies in 2018, a record for any one year in Wisconsin

July 3, 2019
The latest edition of “The Wisconsin Portfolio” shows more than $280 million was raised by the state’s early stage companies in 2018, a record for any one year in Wisconsin. The report by the Wisconsin Technology Council and its Tech Council Investor Networks showed 121 early stage deals – down from 127 in 2017 – with average and mean deal sizes growing significantly.

Dane County growth helps communities well beyond its borders

June 29, 2019
If there’s a tangible sign of confidence in the opening of Exact Sciences Discovery Campus on Madison’s West Side, it’s the fact that a nearby parking ramp with spaces for 970 employees at any one time is also ready to go.

It is just the latest example of how the Dane County economy, which includes a strong dose of well-compensated scientific and technology jobs, is helping to propel Wisconsin forward.

Exact Sciences unveils new 695,000-square-foot lab facility on south side

June 27, 2019
Exact Sciences, one of Madison’s most conspicuous biotechnology companies, has expanded its local footprint with a new facility on Madison’s south side. The 695,000-square-foot facility features a massive warehouse and lab spaces for validating, cleaning and analyzing stool samples mailed in as part of the Cologuard screening test.

JangoCell Builds Product Catalog, Adds Rodent Housing to Services

JangoCell is now offering organoid forming (micro-well) dishes and plates, peel-open top flasks and DMSO-free cell freezing media. In addition to these new products, they have also expanded their low-cost rodent housing capacity to accommodate small laboratories and startups.

Contact William Merrick at (608) 469-1079 or to learn more. To view all of JangoCell’s products, visit

Opera in the Park 2019

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Garner Park, 333 S Rosa Rd, Madison

Opera in the Park has become the very definition of what Madison Opera means to our community.

In beautiful Garner Park, the stars come out in the sky, the light sticks come out in the audience, and singers from our upcoming season share their favorite opera and musical theater numbers.

Come discover what happens when our community comes together around beautiful performances, beautiful music, and a beautiful summer night.

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July 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
505 South Rosa Road, Madison

Help us celebrate during our appreciation picnic, which always cuts the mustard!

The celebration will take place (RAIN or SHINE!) in the MGE Innovation Center parking lot from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, so please join us!

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Biotech Happy Hour is Back! 

July 24th - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
505 South Rosa Road, Madison

After you've had a few hours to digest your Hotdogger Brats and Burgers, make sure you stop back by for a nightcap and maybe even dinner!

LIVE MUSIC provided by latin jazz ensemble  "Mambo Blue"
FREE BEER + WINE by  "Vintage Brewery"
FREE FOOD CART  "Cali Fresh" makes a return engagement to BTHH

URP Parking lot of 505 South Rosa Road
Look for the BIG RED TENT!

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Women in Biohealth Networking Event at Memorial Union Terrace

July 25 @ 5:00 am - 6:30 pm
Memorial Union Terrace

You won’t want to miss having fun in the sun with fellow women in the biohealth field, cold beverages, satisfying food, and engaging conversations. Put the skills learned from the June “Networking Without Tears” event to the test. Come rain or shine.

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Analytik Jena 2019 Vendor Exhibit

July 31 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
505 South Rosa Road, Madison

Join us at the Analytik Jena 2019 Vendor Exhibit: “Improve your QC while lowering your Bottom-Line!” 

Attendance is FREE and attendees who drop-off their Company business card are automatically entered into a raffle for a $30 Gift Card.

Contact to register! Walk-in’s welcomed!

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Tech Council Innovation Network Luncheon

July 30 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Coliseum Bar, 232 E Olin Ave., Madison

James Hickman of Epic Systems will discuss the landscape of data science and machine learning in healthcare, predictive modeling efforts at Epic and impacts on patient care and operations and the future of machine learning applications in healthcare IT.

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The UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement (OBE) Day on Campus

August 15
Great Hall, Memorial Union, UW Campus

This is an opportunity for companies to see first-hand what a collaborative relationship with UW could produce. OBE has representatives from across campus involved -- covering everything from accessing talent, to professional development and sponsored research.

Over lunch, there will be a speaker focused on how diversity and inclusion can enhance innovation and individual and organizational performance. The signature event of the day is a panel discussion involving four current corporate partners. They will share their experiences and lessons learned from working with UW.

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The Forward Festival

August 22 - August 29
Multiple Venues, Madison, WI

Join fellow entrepreneurs, nerds, geeks, hackers, foodies, and creatives from the Midwest in an 8-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Whether you’re already plugged into the Midwest tech scene, or you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to sample what the area has to offer, the Forward Festival is about bringing the technology and startup communities together to learn, share, and have some fun. The Forward Festival provides the rare opportunity to interact with professionals across a wide range of disciplines and at a variety of events.

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Food Carts are STILL HERE! 

11am to 1:30pm every Wednesday and Thursday
505 South Rosa Rd, Madison

You know summer's here when the food carts roll into the Park!

Join us for some hot food, cold drinks, and networking opportunities all while basking in the sun’s warm glow! Pretty cool, eh? 

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