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A new kind of bird flu that has killed 43 people in China shows potential in the lab for sparking a global outbreak, according to a study by UW-Madison researcher Yoshihiro Kawaoka. Kawaoka did the altered H5N1 work at UW-Madison’s Institute for Influenza Virus Research at University Research Park. The lab is classified as Biosafety Level 3-Agriculture, the highest biosafety level at the university and half a notch below the top level anywhere of BSL4.

They don’t seem to make ‘em like Mark Bugher anymore. And that’s really too bad. Bugher, the longtime director of UW-Madison’s successful University Research Park, has announced plans to retire in October. Good for Bugher and his family. Tough loss for Madison, Dane County and all of Wisconsin.

In its first year, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Shanghai Innovation Office (SIO) has hosted high-level delegations, coordinated conferences that have brought together Wisconsin and Chinese experts from academia as well as from the public and private sectors, and facilitated collaborative agreements.

Mark Bugher, an Eau Claire native, has led the research park since 1999. He spoke to UW-Eau Claire officials Wednesday morning about the role the state's public universities play in the economy of the state.

Primorigen Biosciences, Madison, has received a $1.2 million Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funds will speed the company’s work on a new, cost-effective system for producing stem cells and transforming them into specific cell lines, such as blood, liver and neural cells, said chief executive Chuck Oehler. Primorigen will collaborate on the project with EMD Millipore Corp., a division of Merck.

Read a feature article on WEDC InSource newsletter that discusses the value of the business incubator - which provides the environment and support to help early stage companies hatch a great idea and nurture its evolution. MGE Innovation Center is featured in a discussion with URP's Greg Hyer.