The Evolution
of Healthcare
is in Wisconsin

PHASE 2 IMPLMENTATION APPLICATION SUBMITTED TODAY!

The Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub represents a pivotal initiative at the forefront of healthcare innovation, aiming to propel Wisconsin into a global leadership position in personalized medicine and biohealth technologies.

Establishment Details

The Regional Technology and Innovation Hub Program, established under the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, operates under the guidance of the Economic Development Administration (EDA). This visionary program is designed to fortify the economic and national security of the United States. It achieves this through strategic, place-based investments in regions equipped with the assets, resources, capacity, and latent potential to emerge as global frontrunners within the next decade in cutting-edge technologies and industries.

Primary Goals

The Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub, led by BioForward Wisconsin, aims to position Wisconsin as a global leader in personalized medicine, an emerging healthcare approach that tailors tests, treatments, and therapies informed by a patient’s unique genetic code, medical record, and environment. Leveraging its cluster of healthcare assets and track record of commercializing medical research, this Tech Hub seeks to facilitate manufacturing coordination and data sharing, expand lab space and computing capacity, advance the field of critical genomic, diagnostic, and theranostic technology, and accelerate domestic biotech manufacturing. 

With a strong presence in the Madison and Milwaukee- Waukesha MSAs, the hub’s influence and benefits will extend throughout the state, driving innovation, and economic growth, as well as improving global health.

Journey Through Tech Hub Phases

May 15, 2023
May 15, 2023

EDA:
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) issued.

Aug 15, 2023
Aug 15, 2023

Wisconsin submits Strategic Development Grant (SDG) and Phase 1 Tech Hub Designation Applications for Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub.

Oct 23, 2023
Oct 23, 2023

Wisconsin awarded EDA Tech Hub designation, being one of 31 out of 192 applications submitted, Wisconsin also received a Strategy Development Grant as one of 19 out of 172 applications, with award of $350K.

Feb 29, 2024
Feb 29, 2024

Phase 2 Tech Hub Implementation Application and all commitments submitted.

Mid 2024
Mid 2024

Phase II recipients announced

Consortium Support

The Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub, led by BioForward Wisconsin, is driven by a shared commitment from consortium members that include private and public sector partners, and the broader community. With a focus on innovation, equity, and economic growth, we are charting the course for Wisconsin’s biohealth future- one that puts personalized medicine at the center of our healthcare approach.

Tech/Innovation/Manufacturing

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Labor orgs, workforce training orgs, or state/local WF development board

Institutions of Higher Ed

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Economic Development

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Consortium members are dedicated to supporting the hub by contributing substantial resources. Additionally, we have garnered strong support from numerous state, county, and local institutions, with a significant number of support letters endorsing the Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub.

 

Biohealth Tech Hub Governance

BioForward will platform the new initiative and be responsible for reporting to the EDA. Regional Innovation Officer (RIO) will lead development of the Hub’s strategy and operations.

MANUFACTURING POWERHOUSE

Positioned in the Midwest, Wisconsin fortifies the US supply chain, securing crucial national interests in manufacturing and technology.

Wisconsin’s dynamic interconnecting manufacturing network has major hubs in Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, and Eau Claire.

MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE

Wisconsin’s biohealth sector is spearheading the surging demand for personalized medicine solutions.

BIOMANUFACTURING

The state’s historical strength in medical device production and advancements in biomedical imaging, radiation, and nuclear medicine align with its robust capabilities in manufacturing, precision manufacturing, and automation making it a biomanufacturing and biopharmaceutical powerhouse.

SUPPLY CHAIN

Wisconsin houses the full continuum of the supply chain from R&D, to biomanufacturing, to logistics, to workforce. This is critical to the EDA in protecting economic and national security.

A Manufacturing Powerhouse

manufacturing states

generated in products & services

Large & Highly-Specialized Precision Manufacturing & Automation Base

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Growth in the biomanufacturing sector since 2018, surpassing national growth of 14%

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Greater concentration of jobs in the medical device and equipment sector than the US average

Jobs in the medical device and equipment sector

Secure Supply Chain with High Concentration of FDA Registered Suppliers 

R&D


Research & development at world-class universities tees up innovation.

Biomanufacturing


Manufacturers in WI supply original equipment & designs for the biohealth industry.

Logistics


Wisconsin’s logistics industry manages warehousing of goods seamlessly.

Workforce


Graduates from universities, vocational & technical colleges feed the talent pipeline.

Wisconsin’s Biohealth Challenge

  • Wisconsin’s healthcare industry needs to effectively integrate the diverse range of technologies, healthcare practices, and data available in the state to enable the personalization of treatments for each patient, while also ensuring equitable access to care for patients from all backgrounds.
  • This challenge requires establishing a collaborative and innovative technology and supply chain to manage the vast amount of data and demonstrate its practical application in a specific clinical use case.

Pioneering Personalized Medicine

The Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub is revolutionizing healthcare through its pioneering advancements in personalized medicine. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies and interdisciplinary collaboration, the hub is driving innovations that tailor medical treatments to individual patients, offering more effective and precise healthcare solutions. 

Theranostics

Combining imaging and therapeutic versions of TRT (Targeted radionuclide therapies) agents.

Artificial Intelligence

The development of computer systems capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as problem-solving and learning.

Biohealth

A broad term encompassing the intersection of biology, healthcare, and technology. It includes biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and other health-related sectors.

Genomics

The study of an organism’s complete set of DNA, including its structure, function, and evolution, often used to understand genetic variations and their implications in health, disease, and other biological processes.

Precision Medicine

A medical approach that tailors healthcare decisions, practices, and treatments to the individual characteristics of each patient. It often involves the use of genetic and molecular information for personalized diagnosis and treatment.

Personalized Medicine Vision

Patient Impact

  • Personalized/Precision Medicine – right patient right treatment right time
  • Meaningful – Solving significant unmet healthcare needs
  • Measurable – Data driven and data moving results
  • Cost Effective – practical, inclusive: diverse populations, rural to urban delivery settings

Technology Leadership

  • World leaders in Medical Physics, Imaging and Genomics spanning diagnostics to therapy united with Big Data
  • Geographic Center for Precision Medicine Innovation, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain
  • The Wisconsin Idea in action… Theory to application improving lives

Economic development

  • Advance existing world-leading center for personalized medicine
  • Leveraging diverse workforce, skills, education level, creating trajectory for continuous career growth in Wisconsin
  • Build bridges between strengths in Innovation, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain
  • Inclusive living-wage jobs: broad participation with upward mobility
  • Demand-driven job creation
  • Wisconsin created & Wisconsin made (sticky innovation)

Impact and Significance

Economic Growth

By driving innovation, fostering entrepreneurship, attracting talent, and securing strategic investments, the Tech Hub propels Wisconsin’s economic growth and global competitiveness

Bridging Innovation

From concept to marketplace, the Tech Hub plays a pivotal role in bringing innovations to life. It offers a dynamic ecosystem with essential resources, mentorship, and extensive networking.

National Security

Leading the way in healthcare transformation, the Tech Hub promises precise diagnostics, tailored treatments, and preventative measures based on genomics research leading to enhanced quality of life, and individualized healthcare solutions.

Empowering Healthcare Transformation

Precision Medicine Benefits

Leading the way in healthcare transformation, the Tech Hub promises precise diagnostics, tailored treatments, and preventative measures based on genomics research leading to enhanced quality of life, and individualized healthcare solutions.

Health Equity Focus

Prioritizing health equity, the Hub will facilitate accessible care, culturally sensitive healthcare services, early intervention, targeted therapies, and a conducive environment for inclusive research and innovation.

Tech Hub’s Future Steps

Upcoming Initiatives

The Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub will designate projects and initiatives in the areas of Workforce, Education, Manufacturing, Technology, and Commercialization through Entrepreneurship and Partnership in its submission for Phase II funding.

Investment Commitment

The Wisconsin biohealth industry is committed to building and supporting the Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub. The Tech Hub fosters robust alliances between the private and public sectors, encouraging collaboration, innovation, and shared economic growth, with a strong emphasis on equal participation from all stakeholders.

Key partnerships with leading corporations and startups cement Wisconsin’s role as a hub for biohealth product and services commercialization, and is vital for attracting talent, investments, and shaping WI’s future economic landscape. State funding commitment further demonstrates WI’s strategic vision to compete on a global scale.

Empowering Healthcare Transformation

Precision Medicine Benefits

Leading the way in healthcare transformation, the Tech Hub promises precise diagnostics, tailored treatments, and preventative measures based on genomics research leading to enhanced quality of life, and individualized healthcare solutions.

Health Equity Focus

Prioritizing health equity, the Hub will facilitate accessible care, culturally sensitive healthcare services, early intervention, targeted therapies, and a conducive environment for inclusive research and innovation.

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