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Blexx, a startup whose tool destroys used hypodermic needles, wins Madison pitch contest.

Blexx Technology, a company started by a 21-year-old UW-Madison student with a new tool to dispose of used hypodermic needles, picked up the top prizes at the Elevator Pitch Olympicson Thursday. Blexx got the judges’ No. 1 ranking and won the “people’s choice” award in the event, a high-speed pitch contest that gives entrepreneurs 90 seconds […]

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Emerging firms will pitch over two days at 2018 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

Forty young companies will pitch to potential investors and others throughout the course of the Nov. 7-8 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center. That includes 24 companies selected by conference organizers to present Nov. 7 during the Tech Council Investor Networks tracks and 16 more picked for the fast-moving Elevator Pitch […]

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Cologuard® Revenue Increased 63 Percent To $118 Million, And Cologuard Test Volume Grew 49 Percent To 241,000 During Third Quarter

– Demand accelerated from healthcare providers as more than 11,000 ordered their initial Cologuard test during the third quarter, and nearly 132,000 have ordered since the test was launched – Gross margin increased 320 basis points to 75 percent – Exact Sciences now has in-network contracts with all five top commercial health plans, increasing patient […]

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The M List 2018

The M List 2018: Innovation in the Arts

Cities often recognize the best and brightest. They promote the most influential, the most successful, the most powerful and the most glamorous. Yawn. Madison is home to a strikingly rich population of innovators, creators, doers and dreamers. They are thinkers and makers driven by curiosity and inspired by beauty. They are entrepreneurs, educators, growers, healers […]

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Immuto Scientific

Immuto Scientific seeking to speed up drug development

An engineering research team at UW-Madison has invented a device which could dramatically speed up drug development. Faraz Choudhury is a post-doctoral researcher in the College of Engineering, and a co-founder of Immuto Scientific. The startup’s device automates complex protein analysis as part of the drug discovery process for protein therapeutics. This $100 billion global […]

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Invenra, Madison Firm Developing Therapeutic Antibodies, Adds $7.1M

Xconomy Wisconsin — Invenra, a Madison, WI-based startup that develops therapeutic antibodies for pharmaceutical companies and other clients, has raised more than $7.1 million from investors, according to a regulatory filing. Twenty-three investors participated in the equity funding round, according to the filing, which was made public earlier this week. Founded in 2011, Invenra has […]

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BioForward Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s biohealth industry directly contributed $27 billion to the state economy last year, a new report from BioForward Wisconsin shows.

Via Wisbusiness.com The number for overall economic output activity from direct, indirect and induced sources is even higher — nearly $48 billion. The report, compiled by Baker Tilly, was commissioned by BioForward. It updates numbers from a 2015 report on the same subject, which relied on information from 2013. This year’s report draws from 2017 […]

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Forward BIO Institute

Forward BIO Institute awarded $5 million NIH grant

UW-Madison’s Forward BIO Institute has been awarded $5 million from the National Institutes of Health for tissue manufacturing. The grant was announced yesterday at the Biohealth Summit by Professor Bill Murphy, the institute’s director. “This is a unique public-private collaboration that’s committed to advancing the global biomanufacturing industry,” he said. “We want to train the […]

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