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  • Marquette, MCW partnership to boost state's life sciences industry
    A new academic partnership in Milwaukee will boost the state’s efforts to better promote the life sciences industry, says BioFoward CEO Lisa Johnson. The partnership, between Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, will create a joint department of biomedical engineering startin... <more>

  • Redox realizes at SXSW it's grown up
    Madison company Redox hit a milestone at this month’s South by Southwest conference in Austin. Its three co-founders, all former Epic employees, realized it’s no longer a true early-stage company touting lofty goals and potential avenues. Instead, says co-founder Niko Skievaski, its pitch is now a... <more>

  • Kelda Roys not missing politics with her OpenHomes startup
    Former state Rep. Kelda Roys is proving there’s a work life beyond politics. She started a new company called OpenHomes, which automates much of the home selling process -- and in the process cuts homesellers’ commission fees to real estate agents. It’s also a return to real estate for Roys, who so... <more>

  • Connecture Inc. gets $52 million investment
    Connecture Inc. is getting a $52 million investment to help the Brookfield company build more health insurance marketplaces. The deal, led by San Francisco private equity firm Francisco Partners, is pending shareholder approval but will boost the company’s balance sheet and help its growth initiat... <more>

  • gener8tor ranked among best accelerators in country
    gener8tor was named one of the nation's top accelerators in the latest Seed Accelerator Rankings. The list, announced at the South By Southwest show, was compiled by Rice University, MIT and the University of Richmond. It was broken down into three tiers. Gener8tor, which runs programs in Milwau... <more>

  • Lawmakers, advocates see mixed session on economic development
    A long list of economic development bills likely won't make the cut this session. But GOP lawmakers say they made progress in the two-year session set to end in March, pointing to several changes in the budget, the passage of right-to-work and a handful of other bills aimed at helping startups and... <more>

  • SHINE gets long-awaited approval to build plant
    SHINE Medical Technologies has gotten long-awaited regulatory approval to build a Janesville plant. The company wants to become the first domestic producer of molybdenum-99, an isotope often used in medical imaging but sourced from foreign nuclear reactors. In 2013, SHINE applied for a construction... <more>

  • Exact Sciences 'will be aggressive' on lawsuits, CEO says
    Exact Sciences CEO Kevin Conroy says his company “will be aggressive” in suing insurers who refuse to cover the company’s colon cancer test. Though Conroy declined to comment on the two lawsuits so far, he said the company will “fight on behalf of patients” who deserve to have the test covered. Tha... <more>

  • More UW computer science grads staying in Wisconsin
    As recently as a decade ago, most computer science graduates from UW-Madison headed for places like California, Seattle or Austin, Texas to find work. But that’s changed in the past five years or so, says Mark Hill, chairman of the university’s computer science department. Now, nearly 25 percent ... <more>

  • Bright Cellars' algorithm helps millennials learn about wine
    Milwaukee startup Bright Cellars is getting millennials to learn about wine through an algorithm that matches them with bottles they might enjoy. The company’s algorithm figures out the taste preferences of newer wine drinkers after they take a quiz, and then sends a new bottle of wine to their su... <more>

  • Exact Sciences suing another insurer in federal court
    Exact Sciences is suing another insurer in federal court for its refusal to pay for the company's colon cancer test. This time, the Madison biotech company is suing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for refusing to pay at least $410,000 in claims. It's similar to an earlier suit against... <more>

  • Understory returning to Madison after $7.5 million raise
    Understory is returning to Madison in the coming months after a $7.5 million fundraising round that included Monsanto's venture capital arm. The company, a UW-Madison spinoff that launched in 2012, uses sensors to gather weather data and help industries ranging from agriculture to insurance. Its s... <more>

  • Water Council's Amhaus expects 'even stronger' 2016
    Two bills boosting industry clusters have stalled at the close of the legislative session, but the Water Council’s leader says the group has still made progress on its goals. That’s because, Dean Amhaus says, state lawmakers are finally acknowledging the importance of developing Wisconsin’s indust... <more>

  • Hankr looks to expand food-finding app beyond Milwaukee
    A Milwaukee startup is trying to make people rethink the way they dine, showing photos of food on the app first before naming the restaurant it comes from. The app, called Hankr, was thought up by Madison resident John Kuehl, who thought people often think more about the name and atmosphere of a r... <more>

  • ThedaCare invests $3m in Smart Choice MRI
    Appleton-based health system ThedaCare has invested $3 million into Smart Choice MRI, a Mequon company that offers MRI tests for $600 or less. ThedaCare will take a 10 percent ownership stake in the company, and its chief information officer, Keith Livingston, will join Smart Choice MRI’s board of... <more>

  • Companies revamp workplaces to attract millennials
    The search for top millennial talent has some companies revamping their workplaces and opening up offices in the downtowns of cities, panelists at a WEDA conference said. That includes companies such as Johnson Controls, whose Adient automotive spinoff will be headquartered in a downtown Milwaukee ... <more>

  • GymDandy looks to become Airbnb for athletic spaces
    Madison startup GymDandy is hoping to become the Airbnb for athletic spaces, helping sports teams find spaces to practice and compete in. GymDandy’s app, which is expected to launch in the spring, will make renting athletic spaces easier for anyone who needs one, said founder and CEO Nicholas Kart... <more>

  • Exact Sciences suing Humana over unpaid claims
    Exact Sciences is suing the national insurer Humana for its refusal to pay for the company’s non-invasive colon cancer test. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Kentucky this week, argues Humana has illegally refused to pay more than $800,000 worth of claims for the Cologuard test. The test a... <more>

  • New Wisconsin crowdfunding platform plans expansion
    Though the first four non-profit campaigns on the nVestWisconsin platform didn’t meet their goals, the president of the new crowdfunding website says he’s excited about its future. “The success was beginning and building the network [of donors],” said Mike Semmann, who’s also the executive vice pre... <more>

  • Fasetto a big hit at 2016 CES
    Superior-based Fasetto has come a long way since an older version of its product got called “the ugliest wearable” at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Just look at the latest reviews from this month’s 2016 CES show, where Fasetto was determined to return with a revamped product. VentureBeat ... <more>


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