Stem cells, lab to clinic

In the fourth and final video of our stem cell series, Forward Bio Institute director Bill Murphy and David Gamm, director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute, where stem cells are being turned into retinal cells to try to find cures for blinding disorders, explain how stem cell scientists are working with industry to put scientific breakthroughs on the path to helping patients. February 7, 2019...

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Rasmussen joins Forward BIO Institute as assistant director

Cathy Rasmussen, an accomplished regenerative medicine and biomanufacturing researcher, has joined the recently established Forward BIO Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as assistant director. Rasmussen, who holds a PhD from UW-Madison in cellular and molecular biology and is an inventor on four U.S. and numerous international patents, was previously part of the pioneering team at Madison biotechnology firm Stratatech, which was acquired by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals in 2016. Her work was integral to developing the company’s technology and advancing its products toward commercialization. Rasmussen will work in partnership with William Murphy, director of the Forward BIO Institute and professor of biomedical engineering and......

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Biomanufacturing projects stepping out at UW-Madison

A series of projects aimed at advancing the human-health and economic impact of biomanufacturing is already benefiting from a new University of Wisconsin–Madison institute aimed at making the state a Midwestern hub of the ongoing merger of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cutting-edge tissue engineering. The Forward BIO Institute, announced last month, intends to accelerate UW–Madison’s existing expertise in the next wave of biomedicine. William Murphy, a professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedics at UW–Madison, directs the Institute. Three associate directors have been named to the Institute. Sean Palecek, a professor of chemical and biological engineering, is director of research innovation. “Sean is......

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Initiative focuses on advanced technology innovations in biomanufacturing

A $750,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. announced today (Sept. 6) establishes the Forward BIO Initiative, a collaborative effort to make Wisconsin a recognized center of excellence for biomanufacturing. The new initiative “leverages one of our key long-term strengths at UW, which is working at the crossroads where multiple disciplines connect,” UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank told state and university leaders at the MG&E Innovation Center in University Research Park. “The Forward BIO Initiative will have everything it takes to amplify the impact of Wisconsin’s innovations in biomanufacturing,” said William Murphy, a professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedics at......

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