Tech Digest: Nanotechnology, GE Healthcare, NovaMed, PhysioGenix

Tech Digest: Nanotechnology, GE Healthcare, NovaMed, PhysioGenix

UW-Madison nanotechnology exhibit to open Thursday

Madison, Wis. — The UW-Madison Engineering Centers Building will hold an exhibit on advances in nanotechnology, run by the university and Milwaukee’s Discovery World Museum. It opens at 4:30 p.m. on December 16 during a campus open house, with parking in the adjacent Lot 17. Nanotechnology, popularly conceived in science fiction as the manufacture of tiny robots, has led to many advances in materials science, such as stain-resistant pants and self-cleaning windows.

GE Healthcare lands U.S. government contract

MilwaukeeGE Healthcare announced last week that it will supply a pharmacy information system tot he Department of Defense. The agreement, could continue up to 10 years and be worth $80 million, but will proceed one project at a time. GE’s Centricity system is intended for multi-site health-care organizations. Pharmacy information systems are used to reduce medication errors, many of which occur at the bedside, the company said.

Chicago-based NovaMed buys controlling interest in Madison surgery center

Madison, Wis.NovaMed, Inc., has acquired 51 percent of the Madison Laser Eye Center, 1200 John Q Hammons Drive, which performs eye surgeries, the company announced on Friday. This is Chicago-based NovaMed’s first acquisition in Wisconsin and its 24th overall. The company, which operates centers in 13 states in partnership with physicians, said it would work in Madison with ophthalmologists C. Joseph Anderson and Michael Shapiro.

PhysioGenix recruits CEO from Massachusetts

Milwaukee — PhysioGenix, a biotech spin-out of the Medical College of Wisconsin working in drug discovery, has named John J. Seman its presient and chief executive officer. Seman comes most recently from HealthBridge, a pharmaceutical company in Massachusetts, where he was president and CEO. He has also founded and run a data-management company, Avantec.