Biotech Spotlight: Startups, Scaleup and Growth

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Biotech Spotlight: Startups, Scaleup and Growth

August 13, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, August 13, 10:30 am – noon
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Learn from leaders at Exact Sciences, Aldevron, Vascugen & Forward BIO Institute

Learn about startup, scaleup and growth at leading biotech companies, with panelists

  • Ana Hooker of Exact Sciences
  • Tom Foti of Aldevron
  • Carter Cliff of Vascugen
  • Cathy Rasmussen of the Forward BIO Institute


These industry leaders, startup veterans and founders can speak to companies at all stages, including how they leveraged UW–Madison-affiliated resources such as University Research Park, technologies, and partnerships. This panel is for biotech entrepreneurs and industry partners, those scaling any kind of tech or manufacturing startup, and those interested in lessons on scaleup and growth from some of Madison’s most innovative companies. Presented by UW–Madison’s Innovate Network and Forward BIO Institute.

Moderator: Aaron Olver, University Research Park
Host: Mary Carbine, Discovery to Product (D2P)



Forward Fest logoThe Forward Festival is Wisconsin’s largest technology and entrepreneurship festival, attracting more than 5,000 attendees and serving as host for more than 40 events over 8 days every August.

Several UW–Madison leaders, innovators and key partners will join the slate of entrepreneurial events presented during the annual, 8-day Forward Fest, Wisconsin’s largest celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Registration is now open for five events to be presented by, or in partnership with, UW-Madison’s Innovate Network, a collective of campus-affiliated organizations that provide entrepreneurial resources to innovators at UW–Madison and statewide.

The five virtual events include a three-event Biotech Spotlight series, which will focus on aspects of startups, tech and innovation within the biotech space. The final event, Launch, Learn and Pivot: Startup Stories will present opportunities, challenges and lessons learned from several local entrepreneurs at various stages of growth in their respective businesses.