Entrepreneurs

How do chief information officers evaluate whether software applications actually deliver the promised benefits and help the company make money? We spoke to David Cagigal, the chief technology at Alliant Energy Corp., who cited a missing piece that often throws even the best implementation calculations...

Mirus Bio Corp. is in a collaborative mood. First, the Madison biotlechnology company agrees to develop its lead therapuetic with the French firm Transgene S.A., and now it has received a $900,000 federal grant to develop a microRNA detection tool with a researcher at the...

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Biomedical Engineering Center already puts on an annual design event at the end of each spring semester, but this year it has expanded its annual BME Translational Research and Design Conference and Expo to invite manufacturers interested in biomedical products. ...

Is there a method to the methodology madness? Columnist and information technology strategist Patrick Gray says even the best methodology can't save a project beset with poor leadership and poor project management. Methodologies are important to an extent, he writes, but they pale in comparison...

TurboTax Online is a model for start ups looking to grow into a real business by delivering strong customer value, according to DEMO Letter columnist Chris Shipley, who was saved by TurboTax after procrastinating on her 2007 tax filing. She says new web entrepreneurs would...

Still trying to regain its footing after a potentially devastating financial scandal, Merge Healthcare hasn't given up trying to maintain and grab additional market share. The Milwaukee-area medical imaging software company is the latest to unveil a product enhancement that fuses imaging and informatics. ...

In terms of prestige, Wisconsin should not be too alarmed by a recent patent office ruling that upheld the challenge to stem cell patents held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. In this guest column, John M. Simpson of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer...

Hewlett-Packard's Kristin Pugh visited Madison last week to address the subject of innovation, and advised smaller businesses to partner with a core group of clients to drive the innovative process. Hewlett-Packard, which has a 600-employee research and development lab, has acquired several smaller companies that...

Lucigen Corp. of Middleton has received a Phase II SBIR grant to complete development and commercialization of a new DNA polymerases, or enzymes, that could boost ethanol production. The follow-on grant is the second Lucigen has received as the result of bioprospecting for enzymes in...