Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., called on President Joe Biden’s administration this week to bring a designation to Wisconsin that could grow the state’s biohealth sector. 

Last week, Baldwin made visits to Madison and Milwaukee to highlight work by a consortium seeking the regional tech hub designation, which could enable the state to receive tens of millions of federal dollars to advance the industry. The consortium, organized by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, submitted its application last month. 

“A regional tech hub in Wisconsin would allow for the continued advancement of our state’s biohealth sector, representing increased opportunities for collaboration and innovation among key stakeholders — including educational institutions, biohealth companies, precision manufacturers and investors — throughout the state,” Baldwin wrote Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. “A Wisconsin regional tech hub would also help to accelerate advances in healthcare, spur economic growth in our communities and create good-paying jobs in the process.” 

Baldwin backed the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, which includes $500 million to fund the regional tech hubs program.