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Starting Block

Seven months after launch, StartingBlock gets positive reviews

StartingBlock, an ambitious new center for startups and entrepreneurship on Madison’s east side, has been taking some stock of its progress since its opening last summer. According to its leaders, and some current and former tenants: So far, so good. “It’s surprisingly close to where we’d expected to be,” said Chandra Miller Fienen, who recently […]

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Flugen

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

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 […]

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UW-Renewable

Study: transition to renewable energy could create 162,000 jobs in Wisconsin

Moving away from fossil fuels could create thousands of jobs, improve public health, and increase overall economic activity by nearly $14 billion in Wisconsin, according to a new study. Despite providing the frac sand used to extract oil and natural gas, Wisconsin has no significant fossil fuel deposits to exploit and generates three-quarters of its […]

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Thomas “Rock” Mackie

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

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, […]

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invenra

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

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 […]

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madison

Why Madison, Wisconsin is a Model for the Next Great Tech Hubs

In short: Madison, Wisconsin is one of many non-traditional tech hubs that deserves attention from companies who are looking to establish new offices. Software company Zendesk established an outpost there a few years ago, after deciding to prioritize its employee’s existing connections and ties to the city. Zendesk’s success–and the proven potential for companies to […]

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Researchers invent new method to create hybrid yeast strains

UW-Madison researchers have developed a new method for creating hybrid yeast strains for use in commercial fermentation and brewing. An info sheet from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation shows interspecies yeast hybrids are needed to produce certain fermented beverages. For example, the globally popular lager beer is made with hybrids of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces […]

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