StrataGraft, the human skin substitute developed by Stratatech Corp., Madison, for treating serious burns, has received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s designation as an orphan drug. It’s an “important milestone” and a huge boost, said Lynn Allen-Hoffmann,...read more
I wrote this column from the office of CleanEdison, a green energy consultancy on Fifth Avenue. The company has a spare room that it uses to store old office supplies, collect cardboard boxes and host members of a mobile work force. On Monday, when I visited, I worked...read more
The University of Wisconsin System was a bit late to the digital education party, but at least it’s not a no-show.
The UW System is moving toward a “flexible degree” program built on flat-fee, at-your-own-pace online education, news that should be applauded by prospective students, business owners and state legislators. That’s true even if some elements of the education community itself remain suspicious of how well it will work.read more
A patent is the form of intellectual property that most commonly comes to mind with respect to new innovations. A patent provides a government endorsed monopoly to prevent others from making, using or selling an invention for 20 years from the filing of a patent application. The invention may be a new apparatus, a composition, an article of manufacture or a process that meets the statutory requirements for patentability. The invention must be both new and non-obvious.read more
Madison’s biotechnology industry is headed for another big blow.
Third Wave Technologies is expected to close — or be reduced to a small presence — within two years after parent company Hologic completes its planned $3.7 billion purchase of San Diego-based Gen-Probe later this year, company officials and analysts say.read more
The modern organization is a complex adaptive system. We have managed that complexity through different combinations of organizational decomposition, process standardization and functional specialization. A strategy based on managing big things by breaking them down into little things that are all the same and assigning specialized jobs has served organizations well from the time of the Roman Army to the modern multinational. It’s a process that works in nature, in economic theory and in organizations. It’s a process that is adaptive so long as the pace of change is slower than the natural life of the organism.read more
Business model innovation lessons abound in the daily news, and not just in the business section. CNN and Fox News provide recent examples. Both offered breaking but inaccurate news that the US Supreme Court ruled Obama’s signature healthcare reform – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – as unconstitutional. Their paradigm – a mental model for how things work – coupled with competition to offer breaking news resulted in their reporting mistake.read more
The good news for Wisconsin’s economy: It added nearly 20,000 jobs in 2011, according to the now-official figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The not-so-good news: Wisconsin still ranked behind 40 other states when it came to creating jobs.read more
Microsoft has set its sights on Google Maps, adding more than 165 terabytes of new satellite imagery to Bing Maps. This is the biggest ever data release for Bing Maps, which had 129TB of data at its disposal. Of course, Google isn’t standing pat; the company has added...read more
Reddit, Mozilla, Gawker, and possibly many other web outfits experienced brief technical problems on Saturday evening, when software underpinning their online operations choked on the “leap second” that was added to the world’s atomic clocks. On Saturday, at midnight...read more
A biofuels initiative that aims to reduce the military’s reliance on imported petroleum is moving ahead, with companies including Madison-based Virent Inc. invited to submit proposals in a $30 million initiative announced Monday.read more
Storm-related outages at an Amazon data center in Ashburn prompted some congressional officials on Monday to question whether the federal government is moving too swiftly to put important data on private-sector cloud computing servers.
The outages affected companies such as Netflix and Pinterest, not the government. But several federal agencies have moved e-mail and other services to cloud servers, which are housed at remote data centers and typically managed by technology companies such as Amazon or Google.read more
Two young Madison tech companies, Murfie and Vidmaker, got a big boost this spring when they were accepted into TechStars — and one came back with a virtual pocketful of cash. TechStars is a prestigious, three-month accelerator program. It started in Boulder, Colo.,...read more
Madison has been named among the country's leading high-tech metro areas by a group affiliated with Richard Florida, a well-known economic competitiveness expert. The city's "budding tech hub around the University of Wisconsin - Madison" earned it the 17th spot (tied...read more
Three or so years ago, Alfred Tector, one of the state’s pioneering heart surgeons, contacted Oracle Corp., the database software company, about drawing on Aurora Health Care’s electronic health records to find potential candidates for clinical trials of new drugs and medical devices.
Last week, Oracle announced the result of that initial call: the Oracle Health Sciences Network.read more
A prior post, describes the forces shaping the consumerization of management and driving a connected, open, information and innovation intensive workplace. Those qualities go beyond traditional management with its focus on control, predictability, process and efficiency. The figure below compares corporate and consumerized management.read more
Wizard of Oz protagonist Dorothy captures the shock of her post-tornado world in the memorable line, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Ex-Apple retail wizard Ron Johnson, now CEO of JC Penney (JCP), must be saying “I’m not in Cupertino, California [Apple’s headquarters] anymore” as he discovers the challenges of transforming his new employer’s retail stores.read more
Who’s guiding your business’ information security program?
In the wake of this month’s LinkedIn password breach, rumors began circulating on Twitter that the social network lacked a chief information security officer (CISO), leading many commentators to posit that the company hadn’t treated its information security program with sufficient respect.
Entrepreneur’s Guide to Intellectual Property: Protecting Your Products and Packaging with Trade Dress
You have invested in research and development and spent a lot of money creating a distinctive image for your product. Now you are faced with the challenge of how to protect this investment from competitors who may seek to copy or knock-off your product designs or packaging. Summarized here is how you can use trade dress to protect your investment.read more
While the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is garnishing much attention, health reform is not new in Wisconsin. Wisconsin hospitals have been quietly transforming health care by focusing on quality improvement and...read more