UWM Names First Two Kellner Fellows in Entrepreneurship

The fellows, Ilya Avdeev, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Anne Basting, a professor of theater, are supported by the Mary and Ted Kellner Fund for Entrepreneurship, which was established in 2016 through a gift from the Kelben Foundation to fund faculty and staff at the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center at UWM. The work of the fellows aims to bolster the regional economy by creating new enterprises and helping improve the success of UWM graduates by teaching them skills through hands-on entrepreneurial experiences.

UWM Student Entrepreneur of the Month: Taffanie Johnson

Taffanie Johnson (second from left), an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Women and Gender Studies at UWM, is empowering local women and young girls through her new mobile pop-up program, Untangle. Johnson’s program offers a unique set of interactive coaching, workshops, support, and resources focused on improving Milwaukee women’s self-esteem, love, and sufficiency.

Wisconsin State Budget Analysis: Impact on UW-Milwaukee and Biohealth Industry – BioForward Speaker Series Recap

After a successful first event from UW-Madison and Accuray, BioForward’s speaker series on the importance of public university research visited the UWM Innovation Accelerator last Thursday for the second event, featuring the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lisa Johnson, CEO of BioForward, kicked off the event with BioForward updates including highlighting Wisconsin’s strengths as a state, beginning BioForward’s new membership year, and protecting research in the state through advocacy efforts.

Milwaukee’s life sciences landscape is sprouting

When Loren Peterson moved ZyStor Therapeutics from St. Louis, Mo., to Milwaukee in the early 2000s, he had trouble finding other health care and biotechnology startups to keep him company. “It was pretty much a desert,” recalled Peterson, who sold ZyStor and its line of enzyme replacement therapies to BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. in 2010. Today, Milwaukee’s once-arid life sciences landscape is sprouting more ideas and emerging companies. It’s a trend that was on display Thursday at Milwaukee’s University Club during a pitch event that featured five promising health-tech ideas as well as two innovations in advanced materials.