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Biotechnology & Life Sciences

Why Meet in Madison?

Want to inspire attendees? To find a host city that shares your passion?

Come to Madison.

We're a city buzzing with ideas. Where groundbreaking research erupts from world-class universities. And innovative businesses create the future.

Come see what we mean.

Peers Who Brought Their Meetings Here

  • American Society for Virology
  • Cognitive Science Society
  • UW Health Public Affairs

Number of Speakers

UW-Madison features 40 expert speakers in the health, nutrition and biotechnology industries. For a full list, and to request a speaker, visit Badger Talks.

Notable Achievements

  • Nobel Prize geneticist Joshua Lederberg discovered sexual reproduction of bacteria
  • Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Har Gobind Khorana synthesized the first gene
  • Biochemist Harry Steenbock spurred the solution to rickets by biofortifying food
  • Geneticist Fred Blattner deepened understanding of lethal strains of E. coli
  • Microbiologist Jo Handelsman pioneered the field of metagenomics
  • World's first laboratory-derived human embryonic stem cells
  • Development of stool-based DNA test Cologuard, a revolutionary resource in cancer detection

Notable Numbers

  • Top 5 university in research spend
  • Top 9 metro in bioscience jobs, investments and innovations – Batelle/BIO Report
  • $500 million – annual spend on biotech and life sciences research at UW-Madison
  • More than 10,000 employees in the biotech and life sciences industry
  • #25 Top 50 Cities for Tech Talent - CBRE

Major Figures

  • Promega
  • Covance
  • Exact Sciences
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development
  • GE Healthcare
  • Cellular Dynamics
  • Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Building the Future of the Industry

Approximately 9,000 industry-related degrees per year in the region

Additional Resources

Madison Region Economic Partnership
Top 50 Cities for Tech Talent

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