Commentary

With the IPO market in decline, the venture capital market has emerged as the most important source of financing for life-science companies, notes Yer Biotech Blues columnist Michael Rosen. The good news is that the venture-capital market, while increasingly risk averse for early-stage businesses, has...

Online social networking is taking off in new and ever more social directions, according to Buzz Networks columnist Paul Gibler, and businesses are slowly but surely getting into the act. For those who engage in such networking, the impact on their business and personal lives...

"Economic development equals broadband connectivity and broadband connectivity equals jobs" is a long-running mantra of columnist James Carlini. Recent news out of Australia and Virginia offer more proof, he writes in this edition of Carlini's Comments, and any community that hasn't installed the appropriate network...

By early next year, Wisconsin should know if it is on the short list of sites for the coveted National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, which would replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Long Island, N.Y. In his latest Inside Wisconsin column,...

In coming to the aid of a senior citizen in need of a tech solution, Chris Shipley has discovered a promising e-mail printer and news service. In this version of DEMO Letter, Shipley offers her qualified endorsement to the HP Printing Mailbox with Presto Service,...

Is your school system still teaching the classic three Rs - rote, repetition, and routine? Chances are, it is, and columnist James Carlini believes that is tantamount to preparing children for the Industrial Age. In this edition of Carlini's Comments, he joins the bandwagon of...

As is the case with most rankings, California dwarfs most Midwestern states in various measures of nanotechnology activity, but the Midwest is still a player in nanotech, writes columnist Michael Rosen. In this edition of Yer Biotech Blues, Rosen takes measure of the Midwest's role...

Known more for "R" than "D," the Marshfield Clinic could become the next engine of technology transfer under a new agreement with the WiSys Technology Foundation. As Inside Wisconsin columnist Tom Still writes, the agreement is not only a watershed moment for the clinic, it...

The nuts and bolts of starting a business include choosing a business entity name, which is more involved than it sounds. Fortunately, the Internet provides a way to find out if you have "naming rights" in Wisconsin, according to Early Stage columnist Joe Boucher, and...

American society uses technology in virtually every facet of life, which is one reason why Wisconsin has begun to move away from paper records in the healthcare system. As Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton explains in this WTN Visions Column, the real impact of our pending...