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, entrepreneur and investor whose list of innovations and companies includes founding Geometrics and TomoTherapy (incubated at UW Health); investing in and conducting research for Shine Medical Technologies; investing in Wisconsin Brewing and many more.

Before and during his long career in company-building and investing, Mackie was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in medical physics and human oncology. He began as an assistant professor in 1989 and concluded his academic career as professor in 2011.