In June 2018, University of Wisconsin-Madison student and Wisconsin native, Cate Wilkinson, joined the team at BioForward Wisconsin as our Communications, Marketing, and Events Intern.  She was going to school to earn her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She thought that joining BioForward, as a biohealth membership association, would afford her the opportunity to learn more about the business side of the industry.

Cate’s LinkedIn profile shares that her responsibilities included developing weekly social media and newsletter content, projects supporting the promotion of Wisconsin’s biohealth industry, and assisting the BioForward team in executing and planning annual events.

What one doesn’t see is all the behind the scenes work that she completed that organized and advanced BioForward initiatives, improved the attendee experience at events, or lifted stress off staff member shoulders.  BioForward staff members have fond memories of her fantastic work ethic that pulled us through our Wisconsin Biohealth Summits, with quick changeovers, and meeting deadlines for sponsors and talent campaign efforts.

“Cate Wilkinson has been a vital team member to BioForward. Cate has always been willing to take on any responsibility given to her. From organizing our social media posts to coordinating newsletter communications to managing aspects of our annual Biohealth Summit, we have been able to depend upon her to meet deadlines and produce quality work. Her easy-going personality is delightful. BioForward has been very fortunate to have her as an intern these last two years.”

Lisa Johnson, BioForward CEO

In May 2020, Cate finished her degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Though the end of the school year did not go as intended, and graduation did not have the usual pomp and circumstance, she remained positive and continued her fantastic work for BioForward. Besides her work at BioForward, Cate also wrote for UW-Madison’s Daily Cardinal and Campus Wisconsin and volunteered at the American Family Children’s Hospital.

We are happy to announce that Cate is moving on to new opportunities and entering the biohealth industry. She will be an Associate Research Specialist in the Hyrckowian Lab at UW-Madison. The main focus of the lab is to look into novel treatments alternative to antibiotics for problematic/pathogen infested gut microbiome. Her role will be a combination of lab management and research.

“Throughout her time at BioForward, Cate has been an integral part of the team, handling tasks successfully and with grace despite Marketing staff changes.  It is sad to see her go, but we are all so proud of her and excited to see her advance in her professional and personal life.  We will miss her!”

Rissa Guffey, BioForward Marketing Manager

BioForward is currently interviewing for a new intern in the communications, marketing, and events area.