MADISON – Was 2003 a year in which Wisconsin’s “real-time” economy gained time – or lost it? A review of the year’s top technology news stories suggests the state is becoming a place where innovation, intellectual property and investment are welcome.
Madison, Wis., — Fluent Systems, LLC, a start-up formed by two UW-Madison students, was acquired today by Raven Industries, Inc., for $1 million cash. The Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Raven is a manufacturing company, and Fluent Systems’ product, a wireless monitoring system for anhydrous ammonia for farmers, is expected to complement Raven’s existing line of flow control products.
MADISON – When introduced to the world in 1998, human embryonic stem cells were considered heralds of a new age of transplant medicine. The prospect of an unlimited supply of cells and tissue of all kinds to treat disease captured public imagination and enthusiasm.
Monday’s Wall Street Journal featured the news of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer acquiring Midwest biotech company Esperion Therapeutics for $1.3 billion.
MADISON — A source close to the toy industry has once again leaked an advance copy of Santa’s perks list for Wisconsin politicians. Here’s what the good (and not-so-good) boys and girls in Madison and Washington may find in their stockings this Christmas morning. But they better not pout and they better not cry if an alert district attorney asks why gifts were delivered down the chimney after midnight.
MADISON, Wis–Sonic Foundry, Inc., a rich media solutions company, today announced results for its fiscal 2003 year ended Sept. 30, 2003. During fiscal 2003, the company completed a major transformation of its business, selling off both its Media Services and Desktop Software divisions to focus exclusively on the rich media Web communications market.
WAUKESHA, Wis.–RedPrairie Corporation, a global supply chain technology solutions provider, today announced the opening of their Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, China. With an initial staff of twenty, the office will grow to sixty employees by the end of 2004. The office is responsible for sales, customer support and product development for the Far East. RedPrairie is the first in its industry to establish Asia-Pacific headquarters in China.
DETROIT– At the 2004 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held in January, Johnson Controls, a producer of automotive systems and facility management and control, will demonstrate new components and systems.
Accelerate Madison hosted a discussion this fall entitled, “The Happy Marriage of IT and Biotech.” I wanted to know if information technology (IT) and biotechnology are happily married, just living together, or having a one-night stand. So, I talked with John Barni, CEO of TomoTherapy, and asked, “Does IT give his company a competitive advantage?” TomoTherapy, a biotechnology company in the medical device capital equipment sector, is revolutionizing cancer treatment by targeting the radiation to an exact location; thereby reducing the number treatments a patient receives and reducing the cost of treatments.
Last week, I shared with you my observations on the French technology market. From Paris, I traveled on to Tel Aviv and spent two and a half days talking to technology companies in Israel. Though I rarely ventured from my hotel, it was a fascinating experience, as always.
Editor’s Note: John Pulling, Provia’s vice president and COO, served as his companies representative on the Auto-ID Center, the independent organization that led the development of the Electronic Product Code (EPC) Technology Network, which links serial numbers to product information stored in a database. Provia Software is a Michigan-based warehouse management systems vendor that specializes in radio frequency identification tagging (RFID). The company has been working with Gillette on a pilot test, and has deep expertise in applying RFID technology to distribution and manufacturing operations. Pulling recently sat down with WTN contributor Ben Bradley to share his thoughts on revolutionizing supply chains with RFID technology.
MADISON, Wis.–Sonic Foundry, Inc., a rich media solutions company, today will broadcast live a unique Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) project using the company’s Mediasite Live system.
Brookfield, Wis.– Fiserv Credit Processing Services selected BMC Software’s MAINVIEW systems management solutions to help ensure response time of its credit card and credit application processing needs. Fiserv Credit Processing Services provides outsourced credit receivables management services and is a unit of Fiserv, Inc.
MILWAUKEE– Hal Leonard Corporation, (HLC) headquartered in Milwaukee, the world’s largest print music publisher, and MakeMusic! Inc., the leading music education technology company, announced today that will be bundling SmartMusic with HLC’s popular books for beginning music students: Essential Elements 2000 for Band Book 1 and Essential Elements 2000 for Strings Book 1.
MADISON, Wis. – Opportunities to access venture capital and partner with Canadian biotechnology companies can be facilitated at the 2004 The BioPartnering North America conference in Vancouver, Canada, February 8-10. The Wisconsin Biotechnology Association and Wisconsin’s Department of Commerce (Commerce) are making it easier for the states biotech companies to participate in this event.
Collaborative software tools offer many ways to share information. But most of us rely on good ol’ e-mail. Now there may be a halfway point.
The current state of energy policy in the Wisconsin, especially after the California Energy Crisis and the Blackout of 2003, is undergoing a paradigm shift. There was a time when the major power for change in the electricity industry resided with the utilities, the federal government and individual state public service commissions, while the environmental component of each decision made by those parties was either ignored in earlier times, or lately, was debated by the warring factions. On one side was a state’s utility including its business community and on the other side was the state’s Public Service Commission and the various environmental groups.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Clinical teachers can now better organize and plan their teaching by allowing authorized users to view information about a patient that is part of their instructional process due to the release of an enhanced software product from Logicare. Additionally the new software allows all other medical disciplines to contribute to an instructional syllabus.
MILWAUKEE–NuEdge Systems, an Experian company providing marketing automation solutions, today introduced NuEdge Suite 3.0.
MILWAUKEE–ARI, a provider of business solutions that connect equipment manufacturers with their service and distribution networks, announced today that Hance Company of Plymouth, Minn., signed an agreement to license ARI’s EMPARTweb e-Catalog solution for integration directly with Hance’s Ezone parts lookup and ordering service within their dealer website.