Collaboration in Wisconsin

Big things happen when we collaborate. Here in Wisconsin, collaboration is part of what we do best. Learn about how industry collaboration is key for growing Wisconsin’s biohealth power house and how to become part of Wisconsin's collaborative efforts!



Madison-based biotechnology company Aldevron teamed up with the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering to develop decision support tools for biomanufacturing. The collaboration was awarded first place in the 2016 Applied Research Challenge organized by the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and continues to grow.

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M.S. in Biotechnology Program

The Master of Science in Biotechnology program gives professionals the unique opportunity to obtain a masters in biotechnology while also working full time. The partnership among UW-Madison, BTCI, and other entities such as the University Research Park provides hands-on learning opportunities for those who want to further their expertise in the industry they work in day-to-day.

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Advanced Cancer Screening

Exact Sciences and Mayo Clinic have committed to an expansive collaboration to broaden their efforts to develop screening, surveillance and diagnostic tests beyond colorectal cancer to address other diseases within the gastrointestinal tract. The partnership recently announced a new blood-based lung cancer test that has shown to be successful in clinical studies.

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Sports Science Center & Health Center

The Milwaukee Bucks, Froedert, and the Medical College of Wisconsin have teamed up to open both a new sports science center and health center in the downtown Milwaukee area. The sports science center will combine the Bucks’ world-class medical team with Froedtert & MCW’s leading physicians and researchers to set a new standard for player care and sports science research. In addition, Froedtert & MCW health network will open a new health center that will provide increased access to healthcare services for residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Cell Therapy Services

BloodCenter of Wisconsin and San Diego Blood Bank introduce Celluvative, a portfolio of products and services designed to enable advances in cellular therapies. Celluvative will serve biopharma, diagnostics and medical device industry, and academic researchers with blood and cell products, esoteric diagnostic testing, and clinical trial support.

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Diagnostic Screening

Global pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has entered into a four-year agreement with Exact Sciences Corp. to co-promote and sell the Madison company’s noninvasive stool DNA-based colorectal cancer take-home test in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, which runs through December of 2021, the companies will form a joint committee that will approve marketing plans and marketing budgets and will invest $174 million in the marketing and and promotion of Cologuard over the next four years.

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Cell Transplantation Services

Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. (CDI), a FUJIFILM company, has partnered with the National Eye Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, on a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to conduct research to advance a cell transplantation therapy for the treatment of retinal degenerative disease using retinal pigment epithelium derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC-RPE). The collaboration includes the joint development of an optimized biocompatible biodegradable scaffold that is likely to be a critical component for a potential future therapy.

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Biomedical Engineering Department

Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin have partnered to launch the Biomedical Engineering Department in 2016, bringing together the engineering education and research expertise of Marquette and the medical research, technology and clinical expertise of MCW to provide an inclusive education model for the next generation of engineers, scientists and physicians.

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Epilepsy Research

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and University of Wisconsin-Madison have received a four year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study brain networks in people with epilepsy. This clinical study, called the Epilepsy Connectome Project, will use noninvasive brain imaging methods to understand how communication between brain areas changes as a result of epilepsy, and how these changes contribute to seizure recurrence.

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Precision Medicine

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute and Medical College of Wisconsin have collectively been awarded $5.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to enroll patients in a nationwide precision medicine initiative. The institutions will partner with the Blood Center of Wisconsin and some of Wisconsin’s federally qualified health centers to recruit participants in the NIH’s All of Us Research Program, which aims to gather data from more than 1 million Americans.

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Pharmacogenetics Testing

RPRD (Right Patient Right Drug) Diagnostics, a privately-held, Wisconsin-based precision medicine company, has announced a collaboration with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  RPRD Diagnostics will perform preemptive, comprehensive clinical pharmacogenetics testing for St. Jude’s PG4KDS program.

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Sports Injury Research

GE Healthcare and the NBA have teamed up to sideline injuries in their most recent collaboration working towards sports injury research. The collaboration has called for two round of proposals since 2015, with two separate UW-Madison research labs receiving funding in each round. The two research studies included one on hamstring injuries rand the one studying platelet-rich plasma therapy for patellar tendinopathy (also known as “jumpers knee”).

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