16 Oct Governor Proclaims November 1-7 Health Science and Technology Recognition Week
MADISON, WI -In recognition of the impact of Wisconsin’s health science industry on the state’s economy and the health of its citizens, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has declared November 1-7 Health Science and Technology Recognition Week to encourage sponsorship of programs and activities that will promote education of health science and technology in Wisconsin. The proclamation was issued in part in support of two such events that will take place that week: Wisconsin Technology Network’s Health Technology Symposium on November 7 and a Life Science and Venture Conference, taking place November 4-5.
“Wisconsin has a long history of technological innovation. As Governor I am committed to making sure Wisconsin remains a national leader in technological breakthroughs. My Grow Wisconsin Plan calls for additional funding for both training and research. I look forward to continuing the state’s relationship with the successful businesses that have helped make Wisconsin a leader in technology,” stated Governor Doyle.
Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin commenting on her support of the Health Science and Technology Recognition Week said, “Wisconsin’s economic future is tied to the science and technology industry. Harnessing the power of the incredible talent in our university system, growing new high tech businesses, and expanding existing ones will provide residents with boundless opportunities.”
Mike Klein, founder of the Wisconsin Technology Network, and Dr. Bill Hendee of the Medical College of Wisconsin led the effort that resulted in the Governor’s signing of a Proclamation in support of Wisconsin’s health science and technology industries.
“The Wisconsin Technology Network’s mission is to challenge the status-quo in order to stimulate new ideas and new approaches that promote Wisconsin’s technology community both within and outside the state,” Klein said. “In addition to our role as producer of conferences such as the upcoming Health Technology Symposium, Wisconsin Technology Network is publishing a series of “Visionary” columns written by Wisconsin’s technology leaders and government officials that focus on their visions for Wisconsin’s future technology development and growth.”
Wisconsin Technology Network is producing a health technology symposium, “The Information Age of Healthcare: From Fail and Fix to Predict” that will explore the emerging frontier of health care in Wisconsin and its impact on the efficiency, effectiveness and cost of healthcare. Produced in association with the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Healthcare Technology Symposium includes sessions focused on six of the most crucial and evolving applications of information technology: personalized medicine, geriatric care, patient information systems, clinical imaging, “smart” healthcare devices, and healthcare information networking. These sessions will be led by some of the world’s leading experts in healthcare information technologies and includes leading faculty from The Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Medical School, CEOs and IT executives of leading hospitals and health technology vendors, and the Director of Information based Medicine for IBM, Ruth Taylor. The symposium will be hosted Friday, November 7th beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, 8701 W. Watertown Plank Road.
“Wisconsin has a healthcare research and patient care infrastructure that is a major technological resource for the State. This infrastructure helps drive the economic engine of the state, and the medical device and technology industrial base serves as a technology center of excellence for the entire Midwest,” Dr. Hendee said.
Two other Wisconsin associations, Wisconsin Technology Council and Wisconsin Biotechnology Association, are producing The Wisconsin Life Science and Venture Conference in support of the Governor’s proclamation.
According to Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, “The Governor’s proclamation shows that Wisconsin is on its way to achieving critical mass in Life Science and Information Technology. The combination of the Wisconsin Life Sciences and Venture Conference in Madison and the “Evolving Healthcare Technology” Conference at the Medical College of Wisconsin speaks to the state’s emerging prominence in the field.
“Science Focused on Saving Lives” headlines the second day of the Nov. 4-5 Wisconsin Life Sciences Conference,” said James Leonhart, Vice President of The Wisconsin Biotechnology Association. “We organized this day to highlight Wisconsin’s emerging leadership in new medicine discovery, connecting medical devices with biotech research, and developing quality-enhanced foods. It will be a great week in Wisconsin!”