Statement by James L. Leonhart on WiSys, Marshfield Clinic Partnership Announcement

MADISON, Wis., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ — The following is a statement by James L. Leonhart, executive vice president of the Wisconsin Biotechnology & Medical Device Association, on this morning’s announcement of a research and technology transfer partnership between WiSys, the University of Wisconsin System’s patenting and licensing organization, and Marshfield Clinic.

“Today’s announcement by WiSys and Marshfield Clinic is another strong step forward in Wisconsin’s national leadership in medical and scientific innovation. The partnership of these two organizations not only will generate important advances in health care that will reach far beyond Wisconsin’s borders, it also will accelerate the continuing maturation of the $8-billion biosciences industry in the state. We are fortunate in Wisconsin to have a university system so actively committed to spurring innovation and economic development both on and off its campuses. It is by complementing the excellent work being done in the UW System through collaborations with world- class organizations like Marshfield Clinic that we will solidify Wisconsin’s leadership in the biosciences.”