Strength of Wisconsin Biohealth

Digital Health:

Where digital technology meets health solutions. Digital health is empowering patients and healthcare systems to provide personalized care, improve quality, and reduce costs. Digital health is Wisconsin’s newest and fastest growing sector.

Medical Device & Diagnostics:

The medical device and diagnostics industry continues to grow and thrive in Wisconsin, with medical device companies ranging from start-ups to corporate powerhouses choosing to call Wisconsin home.

Health Research Institutes:

Wisconsin boasts some of the nations top research institutes. Wisconsin research institutes received $407 million in NIH funding in 2015 with over 927 NIH grants being awarded.

Biotech & Biopharma:

From therapeutic and drug development to translational and integrated science, Wisconsin has it all. Accounting for one of the states’s largest economic drivers, biotech and biopharma continue to flourish in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin: A National Hub for Biomanufacturing

Top Talent. Top Resources. Top Industry.

Innovation. Right here, in Wisconsin.

Cellectar Biosciences, Madison, says it is starting phase-two clinical trials on a compound to treat patients with multiple myeloma and other blood cancers. As many as 80 patients at up to 15 centers across the U.S. will receive one dose of Cellectar’s CLR-131 with the possibility of a second dose about three to six months later. They also will be given dexamethasone — a corticosteroid used to prevent the release of substances that cause inflammation — for up to 12 weeks. Read more here. 

There’s a good reason why national health care leaders call upon Marshfield Clinic experts when it comes to using genetics to study and improve human health.

The Clinic’s Personalized Medicine Research Project (PMRP), launched in 2002, was a population-based biobank consisting of genetic information linked to long-term electronic health records (EHR) from over 20,000 Marshfield Clinic patients. PMRP was recognized as one of the earliest and most useful biobanks in the U.S.

Elisha Stefanski, a senior research associate in Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation’s Integrated Research and Development Laboratory, removes genetic samples from a freezer. Marshfield Clinic aims to expand its biobank from 20,000 patients to 100,000 patients.
Now it’s about to grow five times larger. Read more here. 

Cellular Dynamics International (CDI), a FUJIFILM company and a leading developer and manufacturer of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), today announced it has signed a collaboration agreement with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), a novel network of stem cell scientists that extends from the University to its affiliated hospitals and the biomedical industry. The objective of the new partnership is to increase the availability of iPS cells and services to the HSCI network and the research community at large. Read more here. 

Inactivity increases with age and also in individuals with conditions, such as arthritis, that limit physical movement. Health professionals want to help this population exercise more, but to develop effective interventions, they need to know specifics about activities they already engage in. Scott Strath, a professor of kinesiology, is embarking on a first-of-its-kind data collection project aimed at providing the what, where, how and with whom as it pertains to activity behavior in those with physical limitations. Backed by a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, he and his research team are outfitting nearly 400 Milwaukee-area adults with wearable movement- and photography-trackers. The subjects will wear heart-rate monitors, camera and accelerometers, which are similar to Fitbits, for extended periods as they go about their daily routines.  Read more here.

Seven small high-tech businesses in Wisconsin will receive up to $75,000 each to commercialize their innovations, thanks to the SBIR Advance program’s latest round of funding. Biohealth winners include:

of Madison, which supplies pancreatic cells for drug research and is developing a therapeutic treatment for diabetes;

of Madison, which is pioneering development of safe, easy-to-use antimicrobials and disinfectants to destroy bacterial pathogens causing crop loss in agriculture and human infectious diseases; and

Read more here. 



Welcome home: Wisconsin is home to endless outdoor activities throughout all seasons, growing tech & health industries, and a top-tier university system making our home the 8th state in the 2016 Quality of Life list by Forbes.



When industries and instituitions converge and great minds connect, big things happen. Read about collaboration success stories that started right here in Wisconsin and learn how to start your own collaboration story.



Wisconsin boasts both a world-class university system and top-tier talent.  Madison ranks 1st for STEM college graduates. Search our career center for opportunites or find your future hire here:

2015 Wisconsin Bioscience Economic Development Report: Energizing Wisconsin's Economy


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