InsideWis: Biohealth ‘Tech Hub’ designation victory for Wisconsin; more wins are possible

Inside Wisconsin with Tom Still, logoWisconsin has been a center for research and clinical applications in human health for well over a century, from vitamin discoveries to the founding of the nation’s first college genetics department to breakthroughs in organ transplants, cancer therapies and medical imaging.

Maybe now, more people from across the nation and the world will recognize it.

As part of a federal process launched by passage of the CHIPS and Science Act, the Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub was designated as one of 31 such hubs that ranged from precision and predictive medicine (the category in which the Wisconsin proposal competed) to technologies such as energy innovation, materials science, quantum computing and more.

It comes with a $350,000 planning grant and the chance to compete for $70 million per hub to work with private businesses to create jobs, strengthen U.S. competitiveness and, in the case of the 11 medical-related hubs announced by the White House, save and improve lives.

That’s the good news. The better news is that Wisconsin is not a one-trick pony when it comes to competing for grants tied to what is becoming a generational investment in science and technology.

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