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Apr 2, 201912:43 PMInside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

New UW Health project focuses on innovation, startups

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Other projects under consideration include a new treatment for late-stage cancers such as prostate cancer; assessments for birthmarks that can sometimes give rise to cancer; new scanning techniques for sports-related traumatic brain injury; transitional care for people leaving hospitals or going into nursing homes; and surgical coaching. Mackie explained that “hands-on” coaching is a better fit for most surgeons than traditional continuing education classes.

While not a part of The Isthmus Project, Mackie noted that efforts are underway to improve the clinical trials process at UW–Madison, which has been a source of frustration for some young and even mature companies over time.

As if to reinforce his point about being a “reformed academic,” Mackie said The Isthmus Project has another goal in mind: better positioning Wisconsin to compete economically.

“We should not be afraid to say we want to improve the economy of the state,” Mackie said.

That might get him thrown out of some academic clubs, but it speaks to the promise of better capitalizing on inventions and discoveries at UW–Madison by helping those innovators not get tripped up by process. Great ideas are there; setting them up to succeed is the challenge.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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