Resource Directory

Professional Development

Master of Science in Biotechnology Program 

The Master of Science in Biotechnology offers:

  • curriculum like no other that integrates topics in science, business and law
  • Powerful skills that bring the “big picture” of life science product development and commercialization into clear focus
  • Exclusive evening/weekend courses allowing you to work full-time while enrolled
  • A completed degree in less than two years, and an opportunity to significantly advance your career

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Biopharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTCI)

In partnership with many other community organizations, the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute) provides educational opportunities that support scientific understanding, contributing to the continued success of the biotechnology industry. Focusing on the life sciences, programs are designed for a wide range of learners – from upper elementary school students to scientists in academia and industry, as well as the general public. Engaged participation is emphasized and many activities are laboratory-based.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute 

The composition of the CTSI is unique nationally because of the engagement of academic institutions not affiliated with MCW.  Using innovative mechanisms, CTSI members work to translate research discoveries more quickly into preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for patients.  Consortium members share resources, technology, knowledge and expertise to work towards those goals.  The CTSI research portfolio includes more than 185 studies, with more than 47 collaborative research studies underway.

Division of Pharmacy Professional Development

The Division of Pharmacy Professional Development (DPPD) is a Division within the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that has responsibility for professional development and continuing education programs developed and offered by the School.  Our courses are designed for a wide variety of audiences including scientists and professionals in the pharmaceutical, medical technology, and healthcare solutions industries, as well as related industries worldwide.

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devCodeCamp

devCodeCamp is Wisconsin’s only coding training program offering an immersive bootcamp experience. The program empowers students giving them the skills they need to succeed.  In 12-weeks, students go from beginners to software engineers and have a 96% hire rate within 120 days. devCodeCamp prides itself in providing entry-level software development professionals that can deliver value to an employer on Day One.

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Entrepreneurial Support

Center for Technology Commercialization 

The Center for Technology Commercialization provides one-on-one assistance to early-stage emerging technology businesses throughout Wisconsin.  Center consultants are experts in commercialization processes. We have over 60 years of combined experience and have collaborated in acquiring over $100 million in federal and other funding for our clients.

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation 

Our initiatives spur entrepreneurial activity by providing direct capital infusions and incenting investments through angel and venture tax credits to help support startups from seed to growth stage. Our statewide network offers entrepreneurial support services, makes early stage investments in technology-based companies, and provides assistance to keep your venture moving forward. Plus, you’ll have access to the location you want, the talent you need, and the investment in research and development that will keep your business at the forefront of innovation.

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Bridge to Cures 

Our home is the Milwaukee Innovation Campus in the great state of Wisconsin. Southeastern Wisconsin is home to substantial untapped biomedical innovation. Turning ideas into successful products is a challenge. Bridge to Cures (B2C) has formed a unique partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and six southeastern Wisconsin research institutions, leveraging over $150 million in annual healthcare research. This partnership provides unparalleled access to regional discoveries, scientists, physicians, and healthcare entrepreneurs.

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Law and Entrepreneur Clinic – Madison 

The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic (L & E Clinic) provides free legal services to nascent entrepreneurs and early stage companies through the work of law students supervised by faculty and private sector attorneys.  We have three primary goals: Provide high quality legal services to entrepreneurs and startup companies, Train law students in the practical aspects of transactional law while providing a challenging academic experience, Impact the economy by helping Wisconsin businesses launch and grow. We also strive to connect entrepreneurs with other resources in the entrepreneurial ecosystem who can help them launch.  This might include everything from prototyping resources to business planning, office space, mentoring, seed funding and more.

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Law and Entrepreneur Clinic – Marquette 

It’s the first program in the Milwaukee area to offer free legal services to startup businesses and entrepreneurs, with a focus on clients who cannot afford qualified legal counsel. The LEC is staffed by Marquette law students, who receive hands-on training in business law under the supervision of a licensed attorney. The LEC is led by Nathan Hammons, a full-time visiting clinical associate professor and director of the clinic. Hammons previously served as an adjunct professor at the Law School while operating his own private law practice in Milwaukee, where he represented early-stage entrepreneurs and small businesses with a focus on tech startups in Southeast Wisconsin.

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I – Corps Milwaukee 

The Milwaukee I-Corps Site is a joint project of the academic institutions in the Milwaukee region to accelerate ideas using the proven I-Corps methodology.  Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps Program the Site will foster commercialization of applied academic research and faculty/student innovation; build an innovation/commercialization network that supports faculty and/or student ventures; and broaden the pool of students and faculty fluent in Lean LaunchPad (LLP) methodology.

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WWBIC 

WWBIC is a leading innovative statewide economic development corporation “Putting Dreams to Work.” We focus on individuals who face barriers in accessing traditional financing or resources in pursuit of their dreams and economic well-being. We provide targeted individuals interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses with access to vital resources and tools such as quality financial and business education and responsible financial products. We improve the economic well-being of targeted low income individuals by building assets and advancing economic self-sufficiency.

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University Relations, Services, & Technology Transfer

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation 

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is the private, nonprofit patent and licensing organization for the University of Wisconsin–Madison, one of the world’s great research universities. WARF’s mission is to support, aid and encourage UW–Madison research by protecting its discoveries and licensing them to commercial partners for beneficial use in the real world. It is best known for commercializing groundbreaking vitamin D therapies, the revolutionary anticoagulant Coumadin®, innovative medical imaging and cancer radiation systems, and its patents for human embryonic stem cells.

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WiSys Technology Foundation 

WiSys Technology Foundation was established in 2000 and is an independent, nonprofit supporting organization for the UW System. As the official designated technology transfer office for the UW System Comprehensive Campuses, Colleges and Extension, WiSys advances scientific research throughout the state by patenting technologies developed out of the universities and licensing these inventions to companies capable of developing them to benefit Wisconsin and beyond. The strong partnership between WiSys and the UW System helps the UW campuses fulfill their roles as twenty-first century leaders in research, discovery and innovation.

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Clinical and Translational Science Institute 

The composition of the CTSI is unique nationally because of the engagement of academic institutions not affiliated with MCW.  Using innovative mechanisms, CTSI members work to translate research discoveries more quickly into preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for patients.  Consortium members share resources, technology, knowledge and expertise to work towards those goals.  The CTSI research portfolio includes more than 185 studies, with more than 47 collaborative research studies underway.

Office of Corporate Relations – Madison 

The Office of Corporate Relations works with businesses of all sizes to understand their unique needs and connect them with the resources, expertise and cutting-edge technology at UW–Madison to help advance their business.

Whether you are looking to solve a business challenge, create a new product, address a process issue, hire professionalsfind training, or are simply curious about what is possible in collaborating with UW-Madison, we invite you to explore our website and contact us with your specific needs.

Find recruitment opportunities here. 

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Office of Corporate Relations – Milwaukee 

The UWM Office of University Corporate Relations supports the development of long-term, high-impact relationships between the corporate community and campus partners. There are a variety of opportunities for engagement with UWM, and our office provides “one-stop shopping” for simplified, accelerated connections to UWM Schools and Colleges, faculty, staff, and students. The Office of Corporate Relations can facilitate: matching corporate interests with university priorities that urgently need private philanthropic support, while building awareness of potential collaborations for groundbreaking research and development, and more.

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UWM – Research Foundation 

The UWM Research Foundation, Inc. is a private non-stock, non-profit corporation under Chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is controlled by the UWM Foundation, Inc.

The primary purpose of the UWM Research Foundation, Inc. is to support research and innovation at UWM by providing funding for scholarships and grants and by engaging in corporate partnering activities to that end.

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PostDoc Industry Consultants (PICO) 

PICO is a bioscience consulting group comprised of postdoctoral fellows at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Our mission is to provide research-based, actionable business recommendations on key projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms. Concurrently, consultants broaden their business acumen and learn how to navigate the evolving biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.

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WiSolve Consultanting Group

WiSolve Consulting Group is a non-profit organization composed of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  WiSolve provides research-based business recommendations to solve challenging problems in the Madison business community by leveraging the critical thinking and analytical skills of our consultants.

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Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping

CPCP develops, conducts and evaluates training activities that reach a broad set of audiences whose education, research and practice can significantly benefit from having state-of-the-art knowledge about data science, predictive models for biomedicine, and computational phenotyping. These audiences include biomedical scientists, clinicians, data scientists, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, and the general public.

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Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium (AMIC)

The AMIC offers a tiered membership level and opportunities to leverage resources, focused around, but not limited to, the College of Engineering. These resources include:

  • Taking advantage of senior capstone student projects, which can be guided by industrial goals and motivations (through the Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering programs). This not only allows industry to explore important side project ideas, but to also get an “extended interview” with potential future hires.
  • Leveraging powerful and unique instrumentation on campus
  • Having an easy point of access to answer your questions about finding research topics or faculty expertise, for projects or consulting time

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UW-Madison Biotechnology Center 

The University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center (UWBC), located at 425 Henry Mall, offers state-of-the-art research services at competitive user fees to companies and UW-Madison scientists. The services can increase the quality and quantity of your biological science research and enhance your competitiveness for federal grant support. These services include:

  • DNA synthesis and sequencing
  • peptide synthesis
  • peptide sequencing and mass spectrometry of phosphopeptides and small metabolites
  • production of transgenic/knockout mice and rats
  • education programs and multimedia technology resources

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Funding Sources

Small Business Innovation Research – CTC 

One service the Center for Technology Commercialization offers is assistance with your funding acquisition efforts through the federal Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. Securing federal funding for your innovation is a critical step in advancing towards commercial success. Together, we will assemble a team of advocates who will help you evaluate the feasibility of your ideas and plan and apply for federal R&D grants, seed angel or venture funding, business plans and much more.

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation 

Our initiatives spur entrepreneurial activity by providing direct capital infusions and incenting investments through angel and venture tax credits to help support startups from seed to growth stage. Our statewide network offers entrepreneurial support services, makes early stage investments in technology-based companies, and provides assistance to keep your venture moving forward. Plus, you’ll have access to the location you want, the talent you need, and the investment in research and development that will keep your business at the forefront of innovation.

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Small Business Administration – WI 

What does SBA offer to small business owners? The programs are many and varied, and the qualifications for each are specific. SBA can help facilitate a loan for you with a third party lender, guarantee a bond, or help you find venture capital. Understanding how SBA works is the first step towards receiving assistance.

SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs for small businesses that have been specifically designed to meet key financing needs, including debt financing, surety bonds, and equity financing.

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WWBIC – Future Forward Financing Initative

WWBIC’s Future Forward Financing Initiative focuses on businesses engaged in targeted sectors with strong impact and growth trajectory.  The initiative combines capital and grant funds with small business coaching.  This program is a partnership of WEDC’s Capital Catalyst Fund.

Any single business enterprise may obtain funds from a minimum of $5,000 – maximum $50,000.

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Brightstar Wisconsin 

BrightStar was created as a unique entity to fill the early-stage funding void by providing those same charitable foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals with a vehicle to help fund job creation— through capital donation! BrightStar is set up to do this with nearly 100% of donations going to investments. With the help of generous Wisconsinites everywhere, we can capitalize on Wisconsin’s advantages of superior education and powerful intellectual property to ensure our state thrives.

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Talent Resources

THE JILLS OF ALL TRADES™

THE JILLS OF ALL TRADES™ provides an a la carte & on-demand talent pool to compliment and augment in-house staff. Our clients range from large corporations to new start-ups and everything in between. When business resources shift during times of transition – start-up, sprint, or stall – our JILLS fill the gaps for clients with on-demand, project-based expertise including:
· Leadership and Change Management
· Industrial Design
· Biotech Research | Lab Operations
· Brand Strategy
· Content Development
· Graphic Design & Illustration
· Communications & Public Relations
· Marketing & Social Media
· Customer Insight

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devCodeCamp

As a hiring partner you get direct access to our network of skilled developers. Our partners span all industries, from technology to manufacturing to travel. devCodeCamp graduates will round out your team by bringing a fresh perspective and strong problem solving skills to your company. Many companies are no longer focused on hiring only senior developers. That can be expensive and time consuming. Instead they’ve realized it may be smarter to mentor junior ”devs” as the next generation of up and coming developers within their organizations.

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International Resources

Consulate General of Canada in Chicago 

The Consulate General of Canada in Chicago is a Government of Canada diplomatic mission responsible for Canadian interests in the states of IllinoisMissouriWisconsin, northwestern Indiana and the Kansas City metro area. The Consulate General is part of a worldwide network of Canadian diplomatic and trade offices, including more than 15 across the United States. In the Midwest, Canada accounts for more than 35% of the region’s international trade. Canada is the largest export market for Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin, larger than Mexico, China, Brazil, Australia and Japan combined.

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U.K. Department for International Trade 

The U.K Department for International Trade, working from the British Consulate-General,  provides free, confidential support to both SME’s and larger corporations. The Department for International Trade is split between sectors, with each team working to support companies entering the U.K. market.  A few of the issues the Lifesciences & Healthcare team commonly address involve navigating the NHS, facilitating clinical trials and addressing regulatory concerns. As each company’s circumstances are different, we are able to utilize our network of specialists and contacts to provide tailored information for a company as they navigate the U.K. market.

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Consulate General of France in Chicago 

Business France assists French companies who want to export in North America, and North American companies who want to invest in France. Their team has both the knowledge and the experience to facilitate BtoB trade relations between the three countries. With offices and branches in New York, Boston, Toronto, Montréal, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Vancouver, and San Francisco, Business France North America is present from coast to coast.

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Consulate General of Japan in Chicago

The Economic Section is a division of the Consular Section at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago. The Section works to foster closer economic cooperation between Japan and the 10 Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. To this end, it conducts an annual survey of Japanese business facilities in the region, promotes Midwest direct investment to Japan, and provides customs information to the public.

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation 

You’ve got a great idea, product or service, and you want the world to know about it. You have to look beyond the borders of Wisconsin and the U.S.—exporting needs to be a key part of your plan. Ninety-six percent of the world’s population lives outside of the U.S., so there is tremendous purchasing power to be tapped in emerging economies. That’s why we help companies, large and small, find viable opportunities to reach these markets. More than 8,500 companies in the state are already finding success around the world, and 88 percent of those are small or mid-sized firms.

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ExporTech

ExporTech™: Helping Wisconsin Manufacturers Grow Their Business Through Exporting. Start growing your business through exporting with 24 hours of customized, action-oriented export expansion strategy development. ExporTech is a proven path to export success: graduates have achieved sales increases averaging $900,000 in 6-9 months after completing the program.

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