Tag Discovery to Product
Igniter has helped in the creation of 17 startup companies based on UW–Madison discoveries over the past three years.
“I spent three years getting D2P going, and we did some good things in commercializing innovation from campus,” John Biondi says. “Now it’s time to turn it over to someone else who can take it to the next level.”
Discovery to Product (D2P) staff have mentored UW–Madison students, staff and faculty towards successful technology commercialization, including patenting, partnership with industry, and new company formation.
An idea hatched during an engineering class at the University of Wisconsin–Madison promises to reduce waste in a common industrial mixing process.
Shawn Michels, a UW–Madison student and diabetic, has invented an add-on to conventional insulin pens that allows users to make their injections with one hand.
The companies launched with help from the D2P program are working in such areas as growing brain cells, virtual reality and stroke rehabilitation.
UW-Madison, a world leader in producing patents, will welcome Michelle K. Lee, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on Wednesday for a tour of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery and discussion of the future of intellectual property and innovation.
Applying a similar approach to the 3-D printer, a group of University of Wisconsin–Madison students are commercializing a device that adds color to a printer that now dominates the market. Their business idea was one of two student projects to receive an Igniter grant from the university’s Discovery to Product (D2P) office.
An exercise machine that helps stroke victims walk. An advanced technology for assessing the progress of prostate cancer. A faster process for making neural stem cells to investigate new treatments for injury and disease. A cheaper, more beautiful LED light bulb. A game to teach meditation. These projects, and a dozen more, are beneficiaries of the first round of awards by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Discovery to Product, or D2P, program, which began operating in March.