Partners in Progress: Madison, WI Celebrates Collaboration and Innovation

When Erik Iverson packed up his life in Seattle and arrived in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2016, his impression could be described as déjà vu.

After two decades in the Pacific Northwest – including seven years as a leader within the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Iverson decamped to the Midwest to helm the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

One of the oldest and most successful “tech transfer” offices in the world, WARF works with industry to commercialize the hundreds of discoveries that arise on the University of Wisconsin- Madison campus each year (on average one discovery a day, every day, is disclosed to WARF).

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