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— Stem cell boosters say the industry is poised to boom in Wisconsin.

“Locally, there is a real critical mass in this area,” said William Murphy, a biomedical engineering professor and co-director of UW-Madison’s Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center. “There are 50 Wisconsin companies in the regenerative medicine space with around 3,600 employees. So we already are a significant hub.

“But we are only scratching the surface of what’s possible at the university and for the Madison area. Regenerative medicine sits at the crux of a lot of large and rapidly growing markets like science tools, drug discovery, device design and tissue engineering. And this is projected to be about a $68 billion market by 2020 with a rapid growth rate.”

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— Finalists representing Wisconsin’s startup economy will present to judges in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest during the 14th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference next month in Madison.

The 13 contestants have emerged from three rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council. The contest began in late January with about 200 entries; about 3,350 entries have been received since the contest began in 2004.

This year’s finalists will deliver seven-minute pitches on their business ideas on June 7 during the conference. Winners will be announced June 8 during a closing luncheon.

To register for the conference at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center, visit

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Local unemployment rates drop in Wisconsin cities, counties

Cellular Dynamics enters collaboration with Michael J. Fox Foundation

LGO Group companies in Franklin file for receivership

Ariens faces complaint from fired Muslim workers

Court puts ruling striking down right-to-work on hold

New figures confirm the importance of corn to state’s economy

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– Badgerland, AgStar and 1st Farm Credit discuss potential merger

– Lake Geneva Country Meats earns international honors

– Johnson Hired as FFA Foundation Administrative Assistant

– Harvesting data: Farmers go digital


– Bank of Montreal is cutting 4% of workforce

– First Capital acquired by North Carolina private equity firm


– Bayshore’s redevelopment of Sears corridor could begin this year

– Bayshore Town Center plans include razing former Sears store and building apartments

– Walnut Way plans education, wellness building at Commons project in Milwaukee

– Muskego mixed-use project, including Sendik’s, wins key approval

– Survey says ‘yes’ to $29 mil Sheboygan ASD referendum

– Apartment project on Brady Street moving forward


– Unemployment rates dip in Wisconsin metro areas

– Local unemployment rates drop in state’s cities, counties


– Riverkeeper group sues DNR over Estabrook Dam

– Milwaukee Riverkeeper challenges DNR on Estabrook Dam repair


– A-B InBev faces probe of anti-craft beer incentives in SABMiller takeover review

– Wisconsinites really want this restaurant, but they shouldn’t get their hopes up

– TreeHouse Foods to close plant in Ripon, eliminating 60 state jobs

– Portillo’s officially announces July Brookfield opening


– American Family Insurance inks baseball great Jeter as ‘brand ambassador’

– Retired Yankees star Derek Jeter signs endorsement deal with American Family

– Derek Jeter newest ‘brand ambassador’ of American Family Insurance

LABOR ^top^

– Milwaukee officials to recommend changes to RPP initiative

– Bolstered Milwaukee workforce development measure pushes forward

– Wisconsin co. sued over break policy for Muslim workers

– Ariens sued over break policy for Muslim workers

– Muslims file complaint against Ariens Co.

– Muslims file religious discrimination complaint against Ariens Co. in Brillion

LEGAL ^top^

– Software engineer accused of stealing Rockwell trade secrets

– Chinese citizen working for Rockwell charged with stealing trade secrets

– Appeals court judge orders Wisconsin’s right to work law reinstated


– Skylight Music Theatre artistic director Subbaraman leaving at end of season

– Schaefer to resign as CEO of Citizens Community Federal Bank

– Longtime WMC leader Jim Morgan to step down

– State insurance regulator takes $360,000 Ambac consulting job

– BloodCenter of Wisconsin CEO to retire in 2017


– Spacesaver Corp. acquires Illinois museum case manufacturer


– Midwest Engineering Systems leases neighboring building for expansion in Pewaukee

– Real Estate odds and ends: Fiserv CFO buys condo at The Moderne

RETAIL ^top^

– Boston Store to hold open house to show off renovated space in downtown store

– L.L.Bean plans first Wisconsin store at The Corners in Brookfield

– Ashwaubenon gets its grocery store

SPORTS ^top^

– Investors pitch Oshkosh for Bucks D-League team

– Milwaukee council approves detailed design for Bucks arena

– Women are key to NFL’s future growth


– Six start-ups to pitch at Water Summit in June


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