Recognizing High Potential Disclosures

Each fall the WARF Innovation Awards recognize some of the best of inventions at UW-Madison.

WARF receives hundreds of new invention disclosures each year. Of these disclosures, the WARF Innovation Award finalists are considered exceptional in the following criteria:


  • Has potential for high long-term impact
  • Presents an exciting solution to a known important problem
  • Could produce broad benefits for humankind

Each of the two Innovation Award winners receive $10,000, split among UW inventors.

2020 WARF Innovation Award Finalists

Bridging Biology and Electronics for “Hybrid” Biosensing | Watch Video

  • Bhuvana Krishnaswamy (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Megan McClean (Biomedical Engineering)

High-Energy Plasma Generator for Medical Isotope Production, Nuclear Waste Disposal & Power Generation | Watch Video

  • Cary Forest (Physics)
  • Jay Anderson (Physics)
  • John Wallace (Physics)
  • Robert Harvey (CompX)
  • Yuri Petrov (CompX)

Killer Combination: Multicell Conjugates for Activating Antigen-Specific T Cell Responses | Watch Video

  • Jenny Gumperz (Medical Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Dana Baiu (Medical Microbiology & Immunology)

Superior Neural Tissue Models for Disease Modeling, Drug Development and More | Watch Video

  • Randolph Ashton (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Gavin Knight (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Benjamin Knudsen (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Nisha Iyer (Biomedical Engineering)

First Molecular Sleep Test based on Epigenetic Discovery | Watch Video

  • David Plante (Psychiatry)
  • Reid Alisch (Neurological Surgery)

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration Using Alkaline | Watch Video

  • Bu Wang (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Raghavendra Ragipani (Civil & Environmental Engineering)