Oct 2, 201812:39 PMInside Wisconsin
with Tom Still
Partnerships between universities, private sector working across Wisconsin
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Researcher Jan Huisken came from Germany’s Max Planck Institute and has developed an advanced imaging method that helps visualize biological development previously impossible for scientists to observe. Melissa Skala came from Vanderbilt University to continue her research into targeted cancer therapies, focusing on one of the most lethal conditions, pancreatic cancer. Phil Newmark left the University of Illinois to continue his work in regenerative biology, a path that may lead to fighting a tropical disease — schistosomiasis — that torments 200 million people.
The structure at Morgridge provides the tools to succeed — and the freedom to take on high-risk projects “that others might be crazy to try,” Skala told a meeting of the Tech Council Innovation Network.
Such collaborations are not always surrounding science. In Eau Claire, the Pablo Center at the Confluence opened Sept. 22 after years of work by private businesses such as software provider Jamf, the city of Eau Claire, and UW–Eau Claire, where students will be able to use two theaters, visual arts galleries, sound and lighting labs, and more.
Eau Claire will be one of at least three Wisconsin cities where the Foxconn Technology Group will establish “innovation centers” or larger research partnerships involving UW System campuses. The biggest example is the $100-million challenge grant to the UW–Madison College of Engineering, announced in late August.
Public and private campuses in Wisconsin are finding ways to attract and better educate students, advance research priorities, and assist businesses with problems to solve. It’s a trend that can help the state and beyond.
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