Past Madison, WI Event: VOL 10

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VOL 10

August 28, 2014
@ Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center

Madison is a hotbed for Biotechnology firms  doing cool things like building medical diagnostic testing kits, supporting groundbreaking research and  developing new products that will shape the way we look at farming in the future.  Come join us for the evening and listen as some interesting folks tell us about some of the thrilling, peculiar and sometimes just plain crazy insights they have gained about life through working in the field of Biotechnology.

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Discoveries While Studying Inflammation

@ VOL 10 ON AUG 28, 2014

Mark Cook discusses a question: Why do chickens grow faster in germfree vs. conventional environments? It was called the billion dollar problem. This investigation led directly or indirectly to discoveries such as a hairball formula for cats, a breath detection of infection for the critically ill, and much more. To date, the billion dollar chicken problem remains unsolved, but the chickens keep pointing to answers in different directions.

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Swallow Solutions: Developing Tools to Help Your Own Patients

@ VOL 10 ON AUG 28, 2014

Swallow Solutions is dedicated to the advancement of health and quality of life for patients with swallowing disorders. The disorder is putting people at risk for complications from aspirating food, malnutrition or dehydration. SwallowSTRONG facilitates a pre-determined protocol for lingual strengthening, using a multi-sensor, custom molded mouthpiece, allowing therapy to be specific to the patient' needs.

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Hey, Hold My Beer...I'm Going to Try Science!

@ VOL 10 ON AUG 28, 2014

The rise of modern civilization and all advances in the biological and medical sciences are beer! The rise of agrarian society, the understanding of water chemistry, and the search for food preservation techniques for shipping will culminate in the first genomic sequence of eukaryotic cells, models for cancer and heart disease and a myriad of delicious malted beverages.

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Sometimes it's the Little Things that Matter: Finding Practical Solutions to Simple Problems

@ VOL 10 ON AUG 28, 2014

Matthew Copeland, co-founded Gel Combs LLC with Brandon Walker and Ben Cox, medical physics students at UW. Together they took the idea of makeing a more practical gel comb for DNA electrophoresis and turned it into a company making and selling gel combs for life scientists. This presentation will describe how working with scientists helped him develop a practical solution to a simple problem.

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Contrivances of Science and Life

@ VOL 10 ON AUG 28, 2014

Biotechnology can be understood as a transition from art to industry. There are amazing questions that will allow us to better understand the mechanisms that enable us to function. There are also real challenges that exist in providing scientists with the right tools, while makeing sure they ask the best questions. Dave McCabe highlights this transition from learning about mechanisms of life to developing tools that enable others to do better science.

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Why it is Great to Work in the Sewers - the Reprise

@ VOL 10 ON AUG 28, 2014

We all flush out toilets several times a day. Did you ever think about where that flush ends up, or who handles it? Michael Mucha shares how wastewater is being transformed from invisible to invaluable and how passionate people make that happen.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 23, 2014.

Michael Mucha
Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
Peter Fuhrken
Cellular Dynamics in Madison, WI
James Smagala
Center for Disease Control in Madison, WI
Mark Cook
Professor, University of Wisconsin - Madison in Madison, WI
Laura Heister
WARF in Madison, WI
Dave McCabe
LRIG - Laboratory Robotics Interest Group in Madison, WI
JoAnne Robbins PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S,
Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & CSO , Swallow Solutions in Madison, WI
Matthew Copeland
Gel Combs LLC in Madison, WI