February 2019: Events, News and Networking

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Study shows promising results for flu vaccine, Madison’s FluGen says

February 13, 2019
An experimental flu vaccine developed by a Madison company reduced flu virus levels and symptoms in people exposed to a mismatched strain, according to study results released Tuesday. The study by FluGen Inc., founded by UW-Madison scientists Yoshi Kawaoka and Gabriele Neumann, simulated the mismatch that frequently occurs when flu strains circulating in winter don’t match those in the annual vaccine.

UW Health: Mackie brings expansive entrepreneurial talent to lead new innovation initiative

February 6, 2019
UW Health has selected Thomas “Rock” Mackie to be the inaugural leader of the health system’s innovation initiative, which it is pursuing in partnership with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Mackie, who was also named chief innovation officer at UW Health, is a well-known member of Madison’s biotechnology sector as a researcher, entrepreneur and investor whose list of innovations and companies includes founding Geometrics and TomoTherapy

Invenra and WARF Initiate a Collaboration to Discover and Develop Novel Therapeutics to Fight Neuroblastoma in Children

January 31, 2018
Invenra and WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation) today announced they have entered into a collaboration to discover and develop a bispecific antibody therapeutic for the treatment of neuroblastoma, a cancer that is the third most common childhood cancer, after leukemia and brain tumors. The collaboration will use Invenra’s proprietary SNIPERTM technology to allow for precise targeting of the cancer cells while sparing normal nerve cells, and potentially alleviating unwanted toxicities and pain related side effects.

Exact Sciences takes aim at 15 types of cancer, envisions universal test

January 27, 2018
Exact Sciences Corp. says it is working on separate diagnostic tests to detect 15 of the deadliest types of cancer, and its ultimate, eventual goal is to create, with its partners at Mayo Clinic, a single, universal blood test for cancer.

What $1M in Bay Area Startup Dollars Buys You in 12 Other Cities

Madison Buys You $1.42 Million in Purchase Power

The cost of doing business is always on the mind of startup executives. Salaries, rent, and other expenses like software licenses can often make or break a company.

It’s not a new concept that it’s pricier to do business on the coasts, and startup activity has been flourishing in the middle of the country as a result, from Detroit to San Antonio. But how much cheaper is it—or how much less venture funding does a startup need to raise—to operate a business in middle America versus the Bay Area?

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KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON: Modeling 100% renewable electricity

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Michael Ferris, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery UW expert Michael Ferris shares lessons learned from modeling sustainable energy solutions in New Zealand. Learn how Ferris and his team use models to compare several ‘100% renewable’ investment scenarios, and how they consider performance in terms of investment and fuel costs, emissions, electricity prices and lost load.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Workshop Series

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

series is for UW-Madison faculty, students and staff and requires you to have a current project you can workshop. You do not need to have a startup.

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March 2 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

This free monthly event for kids and families features interactive exploration stations and hands-on science fun. Learn about all things spring! Explore what causes the seasons to change, discover the physics behind metal springs, get inspired to grow a garden, see how far you can spring across the floor and more.

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Wisconsin Tech Summit

March 18
Lambeau Field

The goal of the Wisconsin Tech Summit is to bring together major companies and emerging firms in a setting that allows them to meet and explore likely business relationships around technology needs and innovation. Major companies will hear from emerging firms with innovative products or services tied to areas such as “big data,” connected devices and data analytics in sectors ranging from health care to information systems, and from power electronics to telecommunications.

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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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