MadREP Report: September 06, 2018
Rebuilding our communities will take time and documenting the damage is our first step.
Madison Region Weather Events & Recovery

As your are undoubtedly aware, the Madison Region has experienced a series of weather events comprised of torrential rain, flash flooding, high winds and tornadoes. They caused damage to our infrastructure, businesses, homes and, most tragically, resulted in loss of life. The Region, as well as the State of Wisconsin, continues to be in a state of emergency and under flood watches/warnings.

As the Region's economic development organization, we are coordinating with county and municipal partners to assess and quantify the damage to our Region and are asking you for your help. MadREP has launched a  survey to ascertain how these events have impacted the business community and we are deploying that survey to expand our database throughout the region.

Phoenix To Open First Commercial Neutron Imaging Services Facility Without A Nuclear Reactor

Phoenix LLC, known for making the strongest compact neutron generators in the world, announced plans to build a state-of-the-art neutron imaging center in Fitchburg, WI opening in mid 2019. This will be the first non-reactor facility offering commercial neutron imaging services.

"Opening the Phoenix Neutron Imaging Center represents a major advance in making our neutron imaging technology broadly available to any industry," says Evan Sengbusch, Phoenix President. "By investing in a high performance, reliable, and safe imaging services facility, we're able to tap into new markets that, due to cost, were previously inaccessible."

The Madison-based technology company partnered with Krupp General Contractors, known for sustainable building practices, and the city of Fitchburg to build the 10,000 square foot neutron imaging services facility that will provide neutron activation analysis, radiation effects testing and neutron ("n-ray") and even standard x-ray imaging. The selection process for the new site was done in coordination with local government and economic partner, Madison Region Economic Partnership. "Phoenix's commitment to continue to grow their business in Fitchburg represents another step forward for the Madison Region as a midwestern biotech hub," said MadREP President Paul Jadin. "MadREP is proud to have been a part of the collaboration between local government and business on the site selection."

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REGIONAL NEWS
MadREP in the News:   
Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce hosts MadREP

On Monday, Aug.13 the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a presentation by the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP). The free event at the Amundson Community Center was attended by local government and business representatives.
 
MadREP President Paul Jadin and Gene Dalhoff , vice president of Talent and Education, provided an overview of the ways they could help spur economic development in Cambridge.

 

Healthcare: 
Epic Systems meeting addresses doctor notes, opioids, smoking cessation
 
UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter soon will do what some other Epic medical record customers have done: let patients see doctor notes summarizing their visits.
 
As a national movement called OpenNotes continues to catch on, health systems are using Epic software to make doctor notes available to patients online, even though some doctors are skeptical of the idea, a doctor said Tuesday at Epic Systems Corp.'s annual users group meeting in Verona.

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Life Sciences:
Medical College of Wisconsin researcher, Exact Sciences CEO recognized by BioForward
 
A Medical College of Wisconsin cardiovascular researcher and the chief executive officer of Madison-based Exact Sciences Corp. will receive this year's Wisconsin Biohealth Awards for their contributions to the state's biohealth industry.
 
Allen Cowley, a professor and chair of the department of physiology at MCW, is receiving the Hector F. DeLuca Scientific Achievement Award. Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences, is receiving the Wisconsin Biohealth Business Achievement Award. 

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Agriculture, Food & Beverage
Madison Funds Study of Wholesale Market Targeting Small, Local Food Producers
 
Madison is flush with farmers' markets, community gardens, community supported agriculture and unique projects liked FEED Kitchens. But some believe the lack of a wholesale market puts local food retailers at a disadvantage.
 
A majority of Madison's local food production operates on a smaller scale, either through personal production of food or directly from the producer to the consumer, like farmers' markets, according to Lindsey Day Farnsworth, a postdoctoral fellow for the UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

 

Information Technology:  
STEM fields "wasting an awful lot of top talent"
 
Jo Handelsman, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, says "we are wasting an awful lot of top talent" in STEM fields by overlooking many candidates who aren't white men.
 
"We know that only about a third -- 32 percent -- of college grads are white men, and we disproportionately draw our STEM workforce from that very small community of people," she said yesterday at a luncheon organized by the Wisconsin Technology Council.
 
 
 
Advanced Manufacturing:
Foxconn pledges $100 million for UW-Madison research partnership

Foxconn Technology Group has pledged to invest $100 million in UW-Madison to further engineering research and create a new tech facility on the university's campus.
 
The deal, unveiled at a joint news conference yesterday morning in Madison, includes plans to set up the Foxconn Institute for Research in Science and Technology, in addition to a new research facility that would feature labs and student learning spaces for UW-Madison's College of Engineering.


EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
The Practical and the Liberal Arts, September 18

Check out this panel discussion is hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters!
 
Amidst the intense national debate over the value of higher education, the Liberal Arts have been much maligned as a useless pursuit with no practical application
 
Panelists include Madison College Provost Turina R. Bakken, Beloit College President Scott Bierman, MadREP President Paul Jadin, and UW pediatrician and literacy advocate Dipesh Navsaria.
Employee Ownership: A Business Succession and Retention Strategy, September 21

The seminar will provide attendees with the tools and practical knowledge necessary to use employee ownership as a business retention strategy in their communities. 

Organized by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, with support from the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC), you will learn about employee ownership as an effective strategy for keeping businesses, jobs and wealth in local communities. 

Madworks Fall 2018 Cohort Applications Due, September 30

Applications for our Fall 2018 Cohort are open now through September 30th. 
 
Madworks is a seed accelerator operating in Madison, WI that provides grants, mentors, lean startup methodology, and structure to early-stage companies.
 
If you, or a startup you know, is interested in taking part in the program - please fill out our application.
 
The Fall 2018 program will run from October 8th until December 10th.
2018 AgTech Venture Day, October 2
 
The day-long event in Johnson Creek - roughly halfway between Madison and Milwaukee - will bring together companies in fields such as precision farming, food packaging, food safety, organics, resource conservation and other disruptive technologies for pitches to Midwest angel and venture capitalists.
 
Hosted by Golden Angels Investors, the conference provides access to one of the Midwest's largest angel networks.
 

World Dairy Expo, October 2-6 
 
Designed for dairy producers and industry partners World Dairy Expo is a showcase for elite dairy cattle, cutting edge research and modern technologies.
 
On Wednesday, make plans to attend the WDE Welcome Reception, hosted by World Dairy Expo in the Alliant Energy Center's Exhibition Hall from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This event is open to all Expo attendees and stakeholders, from all walks of life
 
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Wisconsin Biohealth Summit, October 9
 
BioForward's annual Biohealth Summit serves as a platform for Wisconsin's biohealth community to celebrate our successes and collaborate on what's next for our booming industry. 

Last year they had over 400 attendees, kicked off a women's initiative, hosted a professional development track, and welcomed two keynotes from the technology industry that highlighted the shift in healthcare innovation.
 
M+DEV, OCTOBER 19
 
M+DEV is a video game development conference for professional game developers and those seeking to become professional game developers.
 
This conference provides a gathering place for game developers in the state, the region and beyond to discuss and share the latest information on the science, art, mechanics and business of making games.
 
M+DEV is for anyone who is currently a professional video game developer or contractor, or who wishes to become one.
 
Discover Global Markets: Indo-Pacific, December 10-12

Discover Global Markets is the U.S. Department of Commerce's flagship event series for U.S. exporters! Attendees will include CEOs/presidents, sales & marketing professionals, business development managers, engineers, procurement representatives, supply chain operations. Target industries include: aircraft, engines, MROs, aviation services, avionics, aerospace composites, airport ground support equipment, cyber defense, additive manufacturing, unmanned systems, surveillance & detection and more.
Medical Japan 2019, February 20-22

WEDC, in partnership with REED Expos & the US Commercial Service with funding from SBA will provide a package deal valued at $6,632 for a  mini booth and  interpreter for 3 days.

REED Expos will be in Wisconsin the afternoon of September 10 for 1:1 meetings or a group presentation of the show on September 11th 9:00-10:30 at WEDC's lower level conference room.  Interested companies can schedule a 1:1 meeting or come to the morning presentation, please contact Monica Wahlberg at WEDC directly at 608-210-6734 or monica.wahlberg@wedc.org .
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT


Thank you to Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and to all of our investors.
 
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