Tech Transfer IP Forum: Jeanine Burmania with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

Jeanine Burmania, the Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Licensing at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), is Lisa’s guest today on Tech Transfer IP. Jeanine has been with WARF for over 17 years and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Science and Biomedical Engineering.

Listen, as Jeanine shares the history of WARF and how an enterprising university scientist established it in need of an innovative solution. It was conceived as an independent non-profit corporation run by alumni trustees to manage the University’s patented technologies and invest the revenue to support future university research. Today it provides an annual grant to the University of Wisconsin Madison that in 2021 will be over 88 million dollars.

Jeanine discusses WARF Therapeutics, a translational research path for validated targets and novel drug candidates developed on the UW-Madison campus and the Morgridge Institute for Research and what they hope to accomplish. She also speaks about WARF Ventures, an internal venture capital fund dedicated to developing technologies rooted at UW-Madison. She talks about how they decide which early-stage startups to fund.

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