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UW ‘ideas factory’ looks to turn research into economic growth

When Rebecca Blank arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last summer, she became chancellor of one of the largest academic research universities in the world, but one that has an uneven track record for commercializing that work. UW-Madison had nearly $1.2 billion in research spending yet launched only four start-ups in 2012, according to the […]

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A business incubator that is “changing the world”

Business incubators–more than 300 in the U.S., many attached to universities–are increasingly drawing intellectual capital from around the world. With the help of CB Insights, a Manhattan firm that tracks private-company funding trends, University Research Park and the MG&E Innovation Center were cited by Forbes Magazine as among the top breeding grounds for compelling innovation. […]

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Madison named one of nation’s top high-tech hotspots

A recent study by the Progressive Policy Institute identified Madison as one of the nation’s 25 leading locations for technology. The research was based on the number of high-tech information jobs in each location, putting Madison in the company of traditional technology powerhouses such as Seattle and San Francisco. (more…)

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Irish biotech startup chooses Madison for U.S. headquarters

MADISON.COM – Irish biotech company GenCell Biosystems Ltd. has opened a two-person U.S. office in Madison’s University Research Park, with plans to hire a few more people in the coming 12 months. GenCell, an analytical-instrument maker based in Limerick, employs 30 people in Ireland, where it was formed in spring 2011. (more…)

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