October 2018: Events, News and Networking

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Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals inks deal with Janssen Pharmaceuticals that could grow to $3.7B

October 5, 2018
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals says it has reached a licensing and collaboration agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals that will bring the company $250 million to start and ultimately could be worth as much as $3.7 billion.

Inga Hofmann, MD, and UW Madison Researchers find mutation for rare genetic blood disorder

October 5, 2018
An eight-year quest to find the cause of a disease has apparently ended now that scientists at UW-Madison have identified the mutations that produce a form of myelofibrosis, a rare genetic blood disorder.

Raman Earns Prestigious NIH Award to Fund Research on Protein Function

October 3, 2018
Biochemistry assistant professor Srivatsan “Vatsan” Raman has received a Director’s New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $2.2 million-grants fund high-risk, high-reward research performed by early stage investigators.

Discovery to Product creates new program to grow entrepreneurship at UW–Madison

September 20, 2018
MERLIN fills a gap in Wisconsin’s bench of business and startup advice, says director Susie Younkle. “What is unique is the depth and breadth of mentor expertise. I have 100-plus mentors, and we can provide expertise in any industry and any stage of company development. That allows us to work with a wide range of mentees, from biotech and medical products to solar energy in West Africa and cast iron skillets here in Wisconsin.”

INC. MAGAZINE: Why Madison, Wisconsin Attracts More Millennials Than Any Other City

September 10, 2018

How does Madison’s talent base makes it a major player for attracting companies? 
It’s Top 5 in software publishing job concentration and developer salaries while still being 2 percent below the national average for cost of living. That’s a rare combination. It’s Top 10 in best cities for young entrepreneurs. And Madison has the highest concentration of Millennial talent in the country.

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Wisconsin Science Festival

October 11 - October 14

Celebrate Curiosity Across Wisconsin at Wisconsin Science Festival! Four days packed with events for all ages. 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. 

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VWR bioMarke Life Science Product Show

October 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
University Research Park, 510 Charmany Drive 
Madison, WI 53719

Come and meet your VWR representatives: Sara Liliensiek, PhD and Zachary Havens and Life Science Specialist: Daine Stevens, M.D.

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Madison OpenBETA | Determining Your Revenue Model and Pricing

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
StartingBlock, 821 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703

Details You're not an entrepreneur until you sell something! But how do you decide how to charge for your product and how much? Come to this free lunch with Jeremy Neven (CEO of Grocerkey). You'll learn:
  • The most popular/common startup revenue models
  • Why margin doesn't matter in the beginning
  • How to price your product and test different revenue models
  • How to talk about your revenue model in your executive summary

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DISRUPTIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Higher Education Ecosystems as Engines of Change

October 21 - October 24
Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, 53202

Economic change is happening rapidly. Regional ecosystems need to be able to adapt to changing forces, both internal and external, to discover success. By disrupting the normal trends of economic development, regions become more agile to these forces and can realize greater long-term, sustainable growth. Higher education is poised to serve as a leader in disruptive economic development-fostering cultures of innovation, creativity, design thinking, and entrepreneurship.

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Blood Drive

November 6 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
MGE Innovation Center, 510 Charmany Drive
The Irving Shain Conference Room (room 50)

Blood is especially needed this time of year, so please schedule your donation today!

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National NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

October 30 - November 1
Dallas, TX

This three-day national HHS SBIR/STTR Conference is designed to educate attendees about the America’s Largest Seed Fund and how to apply for these research and development dollars. With over $1 billion dollars of annual HHS funding, this is one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States.

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