University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in Madison, is the first medical school in the United States to integrate public health into all of its missions, including education. It grants medical, graduate and other health profession degrees. It partners with teaching sites and academic campuses centered in Green Bay, La Crosse, Marshfield, and Milwaukee to enhance the rural and urban educational experiences and service learning opportunities of students across the state of Wisconsin. It has a robust Global Health Program to provide unique learning and service opportunities. The school attracts millions of dollars in basic, clinical, and public health research funding annually and provides a fertile environment for student research. It offers dual degree programs, including MD/PhD and MD/MPH integrated training programs.

Website: UW School of Medicine & Public Health

WARF Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

WARF Ventures works to advance UW-Madison and Morgridge Institute for Research technologies by investing in select startup companies within the UW Community. Led by Michael J. Partsch, chief venture officer, WARF Ventures is a fund developed to focus on early-stage startups utilizing UW-Madison technology. Appropriate later stage investments will be considered, and investments range from $100,000 to $3 million. WARF Ventures utilizes strong connections to the local, regional and national venture capital communities


  • Assist WARF technology licensees in reaching early milestones on the path to commercialization
  • Increase the number of startups that can attract follow-on investments
  • Support WARF’s mission enabling University of Wisconsin-Madison research to solve the world’s problems

Website: WARF

University of Wisconsin-Madison Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic

The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic

The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic is a student organization providing free legal services to entrepreneurs and startup companies. The clinic helps train law students in the practical aspects of transactional law while providing a challenging academic experience. The clinic also has the goal of impacting the economy by helping Wisconsin businesses launch and grow. Clients come from a broad range of industries and from across the state of Wisconsin. Each year the clinic works with hundreds of clients; each student has multiple clients. Students are not just engaged in traditional lawfirm-like work, but also involved as business advisors, and even seek legislative solutions for client problems.

Website: Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic



Composed of postdoctoral researchers, PhD and MBA students, WiSolve employs data-driven consulting services to help guide decision making for businesses in the Madison area. Each project is comprised of a project manager, advisor and three to four consultants with area-relevant expertise. Projects are typically structured for completion of final deliverables within six to eight weeks, but we welcome clients with more complex objectives. WiSolve has a team of more than 40 consultants with varying backgrounds in the biological sciences, business, pharmacy and engineering.

Services include:

  • Market Analysis
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Company Acquisition Targets
  • Grant Writing (SBIR, STTR)
  • Business Plans
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Product and Market Opportunity Assessment
  • Technology Transfer
  • Marketing Strategy

Website: WiSolve

Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Funded by both the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award Program (CTSA) and the Wisconsin Partnership Program, the ICTR mission is to Improve the Health of All in Wisconsin. ICTR is expanding cross-university and academic partnerships to increase the impact of translational teams, increase the use of evidence-based research in clinical practice, and increase how research findings and best practices are adopted in community settings.

The University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) is a partnership among the University of Wisconsin Health Science Schools (Medicine & Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine), the UW College of Engineering and Marshfield Clinic in Northern Wisconsin. This cross-institutional network of diverse academic disciplines is reflected in our research infrastructure in support of multi-disciplinary, translational research.

Innovative offerings relevant to Isthmus Project likely include the Dissemination & Implementation Launchpad, Drug Development Support including Project Management, and Team Science Training. Other services lines supporting clinical and translational research are described on the ICTR website, including extensive networks for Multisite Clinical Research.

Website: ICTR

Discovery to Product

Discovery to Product (D2P) is a UW–Madison program that provides mentoring, entrepreneurial education, and resource connections to help campus innovators bring ideas from the university to the global marketplace. D2P canvasses the university to identify technologies with commercial potential and helps connect faculty, staff, and student innovators with the right resources at the right time, coordinating with the wide array of university and community entities that provide entrepreneurial assistance. With partners in the Innovate Network, D2P is working to develop a culture of entrepreneurship on campus and support the growth of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Website: Discovery to Product

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