2021 Annual Member Meeting

The past year was filled with extensive challenges, but the Wisconsin biohealth industry thrived and responded with explosive growth, innovations, and unique collaborations. Our industry repeatedly showed that we are capable of extraordinary achievements allowing us to compete with other biohealth clusters worldwide.

At this year’s Annual Member Meeting, we celebrated what it is that sets the Wisconsin biohealth industry apart and thanked our members for another great year!

Members-only webinar featuring a review of our past year’s activities, upcoming national initiatives, and engaging presentations from select members on exciting examples of how Wisconsin’s biohealth industry is like no other. We learned from them how the unique attributes of the Wisconsin biohealth innovation territory have facilitated their success.

To learn more about this past year’s accomplishments, read the BioForward Annual Report.

Each member-speaker will be discussing a unique program or asset that exemplifies the differences between the Wisconsin Biohealth territory and other clusters throughout the nation. Whether it is excellence in research, our powerful supply chain, groundbreaking educational initiatives, or our community spirit, the Wisconsin Biohealth territory should be a point of pride for all of us.

Innovative Product that will Change Lives

Allen Comer, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Research, Strategy, and Innovation at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Allen Comer is a Senior Director of Research, Strategy, and Innovation at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. In this role, he leads the company’s research and development efforts for its investigational regenerative medicine pipeline products StrataGraft® tissue and ExpressGraft™. Dr. Comer also serves as Principal Investigator of the company’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) contract, which supports the late-stage development of StrataGraft.

 Presenting Medallion Member-


Meeting the Demands of a Pandemic

Christian Herrild

Director of Growth Strategies: Teel Plastics

Christian Herrild has a diverse background in the plastics and chemical fields. He currently acts as Teel’s Director of Growth Strategies. He researches and evaluates new markets and technologies for Teel, manages a diverse set of business and technical projects, and helps set Teel’s strategic plan. He chairs the Steering Team for Teel, sets the review schedule for projects, and manages the project closure and archive system. He manages the branding and marketing efforts for Teel as well.

 Presenting Sponsor-


National Center on Imaging Transforming Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Wright

UW-Madison professor of Biochemistry and affiliate with the Morgridge Institute for Research

The work in the Wright lab uses cryo-EM to investigate the structures of many types of cells. We also develop methods for advancing this technology. The goal is to use this information to aid in the development of novel antimicrobials, therapeutics, and vaccines.

Presenting Sponsor-


Innovative STEM Programs and Global STEM Partnership

Elizabeth Taylor

Director of STEM: Milwaukee School of Engineering

Elizabeth Taylor is the director of STEM at MSOE where she leads the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs for students in grades K-12. Taylor advocates for the alignment of programming efforts with the needs of the community and ensuring program options are available to students of all backgrounds.

Taylor received her bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan and worked as an engineer in industrial controls, architectural engineering, and manufacturing prior to coming to MSOE.

 Presenting Medallion Member-


Transforming Community Health

Maureen Busalacchi

Program Manager for Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at MCW

Prior to joining the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at MCW, Maureen Busalacchi served as Executive Director of Health First Wisconsin, formerly known as SmokeFree Wisconsin.  For a dozen years, Maureen worked on public health policy issues including advocating for prevention funding, the smoke-free air law and raising tobacco taxes. Maureen also worked for the Wisconsin Medical Society, several political campaigns, and the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care.  She served as an advisor to the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute and WI Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL), and a mentor for the Wisconsin Women’s Policy Institute.  Maureen was on the board of her daughters’ school PTO and serves on her neighborhood association board.  Maureen is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences on advocacy and public health issues.  She’s an avid biker, hiker and gardener.  She lives with her husband, Steve, and her two daughters in Madison, WI.

 Presenting Medallion Member-


Apr 28 2021


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


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