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— Protecting crops against bacterial invasion is an eternal struggle for agriculture.
Antibiotics can’t address everything that poses a threat, and many pathogens have evolved to become resistant to antibiotics. Novel ways to address bacterial pathogens must be developed to keep crops safe and available for consumption.
In 2010, a group of five people had the idea of creating something that could compete against the bacterial pathogens that plague plants, specifically within the agricultural field. AmebaGone has gone on to develop products to accomplish this, and has now set its sights set on apples and potatoes.
The concept behind AmebaGone is a simple one: The best way to combat an antagonistic microorganism is with a benign microorganism. In that way, Dicty, a safe, free-living amoeba that consumes pathogenic bacteria, was developed. Now, AmebaGone can address multiple threats to a range of plant species through the long-acting Dicty amoeba.
AmebaGone is preparing for Environmental Protection Agency registration of its first products in the summer of 2019 and will pursue state registrations next, but has not yet begun this process. Company leaders do not anticipate any regulatory issues in this area.
AmebaGone is one of 25 finalists selected in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, which will conclude June 5-6 at Union South on the UW-Madison campus during the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.
— The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a win for Epic Systems in a decision that says employees must follow arbitration agreements they’ve signed.
The court’s decision yesterday means employees — either collectively or individually — do not have the right to class action or collective lawsuits relating to their employment if they sign agreements mandating they arbitrate individually.
At issue in the case, which involved Epic Systems and other employers, was whether provisions in the National Labor Relations Act and the Federal Arbitration Act conflict in a manner that would allow some employees covered under arbitration agreements to join class-action lawsuits against their employers. The court found in its 5-4 decision that this was not the case and the two laws cover different territory.
“The policy may be debatable but the law is clear: Congress has instructed that arbitration agreements like those before us must be enforced as written,” wrote Justice Neil Gorsuch in the 5-4 majority opinion.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her dissent wrote the NRLA recognizes “employees’ right to engage in collective employment litigation.”
She wrote the decision will lead to underenforcement of laws to protect vulnerable workers.
In a statement, Epic Founder and CEO Judy Faulkner praised the decision.
“It is important that employers protect an employee’s right to file complaints, while also providing for a fair forum in which those grievances are addressed,” Faulkner said. “When it comes to grievances regarding wages and hours, we believe individual arbitration agreements strike that reasonable balance and are pleased with the court’s decision in support of this.”
Read the decision: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-285_q8l1.pdf
— The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. James Berbee as board chairman.
Berbee is a clinical assistant professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and an emergency physician at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital.
Prior to his career in medicine, Berbee was an IBM systems engineer and then founded Berbee Information Networks Corp.
Berbee and his wife, Karen Walsh, also founded the BerbeeWalsh Foundation, which supports human health and welfare projects.
Berbee replaces Peter Tong, who served as chair since 2014 and continues as a WARF trustee.
Correction: AkkeNeel Talsma, the founder of Melius Outcomes, is Walter Schroeder Chair in Nursing Research and associate professor at UW-Milwaukee’s College of Nursing.
Thursday, May 24: Navigating the New Economy: What can Wisconsin learn from South Carolina’s experience with BMW? Brought to you by UW-Milwaukee.
Foxconn’s potential impact is huge. Hear how a similar investment from BMW affected the South Carolina’s economy and take away lessons learned from the big changes in that state.
Joey Von Nessen, a top economist at the University of South Carolina who has studied the BMW impact on manufacturing clusters, also does annual economic forecasts for the state and provides expert advice to the Federal Reserve. Von Nessen will relate the BMW experience to Foxconn in Wisconsin.
Von Nessen’s presentation, followed by a conversation with Wisconsin experts, will take place at the SC Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant midday on Thursday May 24.
Check-in, networking and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. The presentation begins at 12:15 p.m. with a panel discussion to follow. Panelists to be announced later.
Partners in the May 24 event include organizers Wisconsin Technology Council, WisPolitics.com, and WisBusiness.com plus the Wisconsin Academy of Global Education and Training, the Wisconsin League of Municipalities and the Wisconsin Counties Association. The latter three were part of the “Navigating the New Economy” series organized last year by WisPolitics.com, WisBusiness.com and UW-Extension.
Attend this important event, brought to you by UW-Milwaukee, ATC, Aurora Health Care, Sports Physical Therapists/Occucare, the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS and the Southshore REALTORS Association.
Location: SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd, Sturtevant, WI 53177 Phone: (800) 247-7122
Cost (includes lunch): $25 for Tech Council members and WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com subscribers and members. $35 general admission.
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Epic Systems gets a win in U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting workers’ ability to sue employers
We Energies plans 49-mile, $187 million gas pipeline to station near Foxconn site
Wisconsin Home Prices Rise, Sales Drop In April
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– USDA May Enact Supply Management for Cranberries
– Farm Bureau Leaders From 10 States Want End to Trade Disputes
– Kaitlyn Riley Selected as 71st Alice in Dairyland
– Roofing contractor did not obtain permit for charred Trinity church, city says: A contractor working on Milwaukee’s Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church before it caught fire last week did not obtain permits for a roof renovation, city officials say.
– Wisconsin gains construction jobs year-over-year in April
– MPS’ Driver: Businesses must stay involved to help school system improve
– Study: Water at Wisconsin island has high plastic pollution
– Tribes Want Seat At The Table On CWD Management
FOXCONN REPORTS ^top^
– Ahead of Foxconn, Racine County’s housing market is on fire
FINANCIAL SERVICES ^top^
– Paul Ryan lauds Harvard award-winner Helen Johnson-Leipold … Ryan spoke Monday night at the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin Business Leader of the Year Dinner at the Pfister Hotel. Johnson-Leipold, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Outdoors and chairman of Johnson Financial Group., was this year’s winner.
HEALTH CARE ^top^
– Independent physicians at Ascension St. Francis Hospital to host meeting with physicians’ union president
– UW Health Chief Flight Physician: Single-Engine Helicopters ‘Have No Place’ In EMS
– Epic Wins In Supreme Court Decision Seen As Blow To Worker Rights
– Supreme Court upholds workplace arbitration contracts
– Epic Systems wins dispute over employment agreement
– Supreme Court backs employers over workers in first of two major labor cases
– GE to merge transportation unit with Wabtec in $11B deal
– Caterpillar considers temp offices for South Milwaukee workers
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– Former ManpowerGroup CEO buys Chenequa home: Pays $3.75 million for property on Pine Lake
– Flipping houses in Milwaukee? 30 homes you can buy under $30,000: Slideshow
– Milwaukee developer sells 180 apartments in two deals
– Lack of houses on the market in Wisconsin pushes up prices, slows down sales
– Ben Franklin and Ace Hardware stores to close on Madison’s East Side
– Tribeca GalleryCafe opens location at Freshwater Plaza in Walker’s Point
– Kohl’s partners with media company PopSugar for millennial-focused apparel
– Construction now 95 percent complete for new Bucks arena
– New Bucks coach Budenholzer impressed with owners’ commitment to winning
– Milwaukee startup WayAround offers on-demand personal drivers, but you bring the car
– Jagler: ‘Boomerangers’ might make best recruits for Wisconsin, headhunter suggests
*Airbnb: Delivers $324,000 in revenue to Madison in first year of tax agreement
*Dept. of Financial Institutions: joins 40-plus other states in international crypto crackdown
*UW Health: UW Organ and Tissue Donation honors 16 hospitals for maximizing the gift of life
*Wisconsin Realtors Association: Weak inventories continue to hamper sales and boost prices
*Wisconsin Technology Council: Military vets, students may register at discount to attend June 5-6 Entrepreneurs’ Conference