Recognizing and nurturing innovation is a cornerstone of progress in a world driven by breakthroughs and advancements. The Wisconsin Innovation Awards (WIA) stands as a beacon in the state’s entrepreneurial landscape, celebrating visionary thinkers and groundbreaking enterprises that are shaping the future. As the biohealth sector continues to evolve, the significance of WIA becomes even more pronounced, with its commitment to fostering innovation resonating deeply within the biohealth ecosystem.

Spotlight on BioForward Members: Champions of Innovation

The 2023 Wisconsin Innovation Awards finalists have been unveiled, showcasing the exceptional talents of diverse companies spanning various industries. Among these finalists, a notable cohort of BioForward members shines brilliantly. These companies have demonstrated remarkable ingenuity in the biohealth sector, contributing to the advancement of healthcare, life sciences, and biotechnology. It is with great pleasure that we extend our congratulations to the following BioForward member companies that have been named as finalists:

Elephas: A pioneering company based in Madison, Elephas is transforming cancer treatment by developing a technology suite to access how live tumor fragments respond to cancer therapies and remove the trial-and-error approach to cancer care by harnessing the latest advances in cancer biology, multimodal microscopy, and artificial intelligence to accelerate drug development and empower clinical decision making. Their commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in healthcare is commendable.

Estrigenix Therapeutics, Inc.: Wauwatosa-based Estrigenix Therapeutics has garnered attention for its transformative work in the field of therapeutics. Using applied and original estrogen-based research, their targeted chemistry aims to drastically reduce the mental and physical effects of menopause. Their dedication to improving patient outcomes is truly inspiring.

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Gilson: A Middleton-based company, Gilson, has earned its spot as a finalist due to its innovative solutions that are revolutionizing laboratory equipment and scientific research. Gilson Connect- connected devices make for more productive research while improving traceability and reproducibility and removing human error.

JangoBio: Fitchburg’s JangoBio is a standout finalist with its groundbreaking work in regenerative medicine. They are targeting aging and age-related diseases by restoring hormone balance using regenerative stem cell therapies. Their contributions hold great promise for the future of healthcare.

Stratatech: Madison-based company, Stratatech, has been recognized for its remarkable strides in the biohealth sector. StrataGraft is the first approved donor site-free alternative to autograft for deep partial-thickness burns, speeding up treatment and recovery in the treatment of adults with thermal burns. Their commitment to innovation is driving positive change in the industry.

Wisconsin Innovation Awards: A Catalyst for Progress

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards serves as a critical platform for honoring the tireless efforts of visionaries across the state. With more than 300 nominations spanning startups, organizations, and established businesses, the awards have identified and celebrated those pushing innovation’s boundaries. The distinguished panel of industry experts has carefully selected these finalists, each representing a unique facet of Wisconsin’s innovative landscape.

Nurturing Innovation Beyond Recognition

More than just an awards ceremony, the Wisconsin Innovation Awards has a broader mission—to foster a culture of innovation that transcends industries and generations. By creating educational content, facilitating mentorship, and organizing events that highlight groundbreaking work, the WIA actively contributes to the lasting legacy of Wisconsin’s thinkers, makers, creators, and designers.

As we celebrate the remarkable achievements of the 2023 finalists, it’s important to remember that innovation is not a solitary endeavor—it’s a collaborative journey that requires support and encouragement. The Wisconsin Innovation Awards embodies this spirit, bringing together organizations, patrons, and sponsors who believe in innovation’s power to shape the future.

Join the Celebration

The 2023 Wisconsin Innovation Awards winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on October 10, 2023. The ceremony, presented by Wipfli and supported by esteemed organizations such as BioForward, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and more, promises to be a celebration of Wisconsin’s vibrant innovation ecosystem.

In closing, let’s join hands in applauding the accomplishments of the BioForward member companies—Elephas, Estrigenix Therapeutics, Gilson, JangoBio, and Stratatech. Their dedication to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the biohealth sector is a testament to the bright future that lies ahead.

Please visit the Wisconsin Innovation Awards website for more details about the Wisconsin Innovation Awards and the upcoming ceremony. Let’s continue to champion innovation and drive progress together.