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Dr. Lovell Announces Plans for Joint Department of Bioengineering with MCW

Sept. 22 - At his inauguration ceremony as President of Marquette University, Michael Lovell, PhD, announced that Marquette is pursuing the creation of a joint Department of Bioengineering with MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Biz Times and Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Raymond Cites Opportunities for MCW Students through Academic/Industry Partnership

Sept. 02 - A blog by Matt Cordio of Start-Up Milwaukee published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides background information on The Commons, an academic/industry partnership which helps college students become entrepreneurs. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Stem cell patent to benefit MCW research

Aug. 29 - Cellular Dynamics International Inc., a Madison-based biotechnology company, was granted a patent for its stem cell production automation process. Ulrich Broeckel, MD, professor of pediatrics (genetics) and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, discussed the importance of this patent and how it will help research at MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Raymond Endorses Industry/Academic Collaborative to Accelerate Student Innovation

Aug. 25 - In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr., endorses creation of The Commons, an industry/academic collaborative to accelerate student innovation and entrepreneurship. Leaders from 20 Milwaukee-area colleges and universities gathered to discuss ways in which they may collaborate. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

New Marquette President Wants to Build Milwaukee’s Research Infrastructure

July 30 - In an interview with BizTimes, Marquette University’s new President Michael Lovell, PhD, said he wants to build Marquette’s research that generates intellectual property. He said he wants to help create a research infrastructure in Milwaukee that engages MCW, Children’s Hospital, MSOE, and UWM. Biz Times

Protein Foundry first startup in MCW incubator program

July 29 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a story profiling MCW’s new spinoff company, Protein Foundry, and the institution’s plan to help found more companies based on MCW faculty members’ intellectual property. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Four MCW Scientists Create Spin-Off Company to Manufacture and Market Protein Molecules

July 16 - Four MCW scientists have created Protein Foundry, a new spin-off company that will manufacture and market protein molecules. The company’s founders are: Brian Volkman, PhD, Chad Koplinski, and Francis Peterson, PhD, and Michael Dwinell, PhD. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and BizTimes

MCW spins off a new company

July 10 - Protein Foundry, a new company run by MCW scientists, has been established on campus. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Vanderbilt Professor Discusses Success of Clinical Trial on Reza-Band

June 19 - Dr. Michael Vaezi, a gastroenterologist at Vanderbilt University, discusses the success of a clinical trial on the Reza-Band™, a non-invasive device used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Family Practice News

New Innovation Accelerator Building Offers Opportunities for Collaboration

May 20 - In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr., describes the benefits that MCW will accrue through collaborations within UWM’s new Innovation Accelerator building, adjacent to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Clarke wants to build a critical mass of medical entrepreneurs

In an interview with Xconomy, Dr. William Clarke (Director of Research Commercialization, Anesthesiology) discusses his new role at MCW and his goal to build a critical mass of medical entrepreneurs to support MCW’s research technology transfer. Xcomony

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Clarke plans to build critical mass of medical entrepreneurs

May 07 - William Clarke, MD, director of research commercialization at MCW and a pediatric anesthesiologist, was profiled in Xconomy. Xconomy

Nonprofit aims to raise $10 million to seed health care startups

April 28 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiled a new nonprofit called Bridge to Cures, which aims to raise funding for health care startups in southeastern Wisconsin. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Clarke Named Director of Research Commercialization

Apr 22 - MCW named Dr. William Clarke as Director of Research Commercialization in the Office of Technology Development. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Becker's Hospital Review

Six Medical Apps Take Top Prize at MCW, UWM App Brewery Competition

Mar 19 - MCW and UWM partnered in a mobile app contest, in which nearly two dozen potential mobile medical applications were pitched to a group of judges. Milwaukee Business Journal

UWM’s New Accelerator Building to House Mobile App Laboratory

Mar 18 - The Milwaukee Business Journal provides a photo tour of UWM’s new Accelerator Building on the Innovation Campus adjacent to the MRMC campus. Milwaukee Business Journal

MCW Community Members submit 86 Proposals in Dean’s Mobile App Challenge

Mar 11 - Members of the MCW community submitted 86 proposals to Dr. Joseph Kerschner’s Dean’s Mobile App Challenge, conducted by MCW in partnership with UWM’s mobile application innovation lab. Milwaukee Business Journal

“International Evidence Locker” app Designed to Record and Report International Atrocities

Feb 19 - A PBS story about human rights monitoring includes a mention of the International Evidence Locker, an app conceptualized and designed by Bonnie Freudinger, an engineer in the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center. PBS

College Staff Teach Fourth Grade Students How to Create Patentable Inventions

Feb 12 - Fourth grade students at St. Matthias Parish School in Milwaukee will learn how to turn creative ideas into patentable inventions through a partnership with MCW’s Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center (BBC). WauwatosaNOW

Company Raises $700,000 from Angel Investors to Market Device Created by Dr. Shaker

Feb 12 - Somna Therapeutics has raised $700,000 from individual angel investors allowing the company to market the Reza band, an adjustable neck band that prevents stomach acid from rising into the throat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Vithalani Named Judge for 2014 Governor’s Business Plan Contest

Jan 28 - Kalpa Vithalani, PhD, is one of 14 judges for the 2014 Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Wisconsin Technology Council

MCW Identified as One of Milwaukee’s Strengths for Venture Capital Opportunities

Jan 7 - In a comparison of the venture capital opportunities that exist for Milwaukee and Detroit, Xconomy notes that Milwaukee’s strengths are water technology through UWM, and healthcare IT through GE Health and MCW. Xconomy

Dr. Vithalani Elected to BioForward Board of Directors

Dec 27 - Kalpa Vithalani, PhD, was elected to the Board of Directors of BioForward, a state association that advocates for Wisconsin’s bioscience industry. BioForward

Governor References MCW in Announcement on High-Performance Computing Initiative

Dec 11 - The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Milwaukee Institute announced a year-long pilot project that will allow some small and medium-sized companies to take advantage of high-performance computing opportunities. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Somna Therapeutics Seeks FDA Approval to Market the Reza Band

Dec 6 - Somna Therapeutics filed an application with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for approval to market the Reza band, an adjustable band worn at night to prevent stomach acid from rising into the throat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Somna Therapeutics Seeks FDA Approval for Acid Reflux Device

Nov 27 - Somna Therapeutics, a local company, has asked the FDA for approval to market the Reza Band, a device that is designed to alleviate nighttime acid reflux symptoms. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Columnist Reports that Wisconsin Research No Longer Limited to MCW, UW-Madison

Nov 19 - Tom Still, President of the Wisconsin Technology Council and Wisconsin Innovation Network, notes that MCW and UW-Madison are no longer the only research-oriented institutions in Wisconsin. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Opinion Editorial Cites College’s Impact on Job Creation, Medical Device Leadership

Nov 12 - In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion editorial authored by UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell and Dan Steininger, President of BizStarts Milwaukee, MCW is identified for the potential it brings for increased new jobs in the region. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

University to Collaborate with MCW on Prosthetic Devices, Smartphone Apps

Oct 29 - Construction is underway on facilities on UWM’s new Innovation Center campus adjacent to the MRMC campus. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Invention keeps reflux in check

Gastroenterologist Dr. Reza Shaker, along with his MCW research team, has invented a medical device capable of alleviating the symptoms of extraesophageal acid reflux disease in patients while they sleep.

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