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July 30, 2020

Dear readers: 

As Wisconsin continues to see an uptick in virus cases, it’s important to note that not all is gloom and doom when it comes to society’s effort to combat the ravage of COVID-19. The Tech Council and the Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum hosted a July 28 webinar that featured three of Wisconsin’s leading healthtech companies -- Epic, Exact Sciences and Promega -- during which a collaborative effort related to testing was described. Please read my column on the webinar here and related news stories here and here.

The Tech Council is part of a statewide group that is tracking the progress of “The Endless Frontier Act,” which is a bipartisan federal bill aimed at dramatically boosting research and development assets in the United States.

Related to the federal proposal is a two-part webinar series on how Midwest assets can help to drive a national recovery. Learn more below about “Shaping the Endless Frontier: How the Midwest Can Spark the U.S. Economy.”

“Shaping the Endless Frontier: How the Midwest Can Spark the U.S. Economy” begins 11 a.m. Aug. 11. It is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Wisconsin Technology Council, Michael Best Strategies and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Part One: Why Midwest Assets Are Vital for Growth / 11 a.m. Central, Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Join us for a 60-minute discussion with regional thought leaders on why Midwest states are uniquely equipped to spark the nation’s economy and drive meaningful innovation. The session will explore recent research on how place-based investments in emerging growth centers across the country can remedy regional gaps in capital investment, maintain U.S. leadership in innovation, and attract the tech stars of the future to the nation’s heartland.

  • John Austin, Senior Fellow Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Ruben Anthony, CEO and President, Urban League of Greater Madison
  • Erik Iverson, CEO, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
  • Tom Still (moderator), president, Wisconsin Technology Council

Part Two: What will The Endless Frontier Act do? / 11 a.m. Central, Wednesday, Sept. 16. 

This will feature two of the bill’s lead sponsors, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., among others. 

Register here!





Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin's reopening process.
Stay tuned for announcements about virtual Tech Council webinars on COVID-19 issues of interest to our members and others

Do you have news or best practices to contribute to a future edition of Tech Council Current?

Thanks for reading and please find more timely information below.

Tom Still, president


  • AP News: Misinformation on the virus is proving highly contagious
  • Inc.: This biotech business won't let cost get in the way of a COVID cure 
  • NPR: Irregularities in COVID reporting contract award process raises new questions
  • AHC Healthcare: In order to care for others, you need to care for yourself
  • Medium: A game-changing coronavirus treatment that no one’s talking about
  • Business Insider: Coronavirus vaccine: problems that could hamper rollout before 2021
  • USA Today: A quick, cheap test would help stop COVID-19. So why don't we have one?
  • WisBusiness:COVID-19 isolation facilities served 99 people at cost of more than $1 million
  • Wisconsin Health News: Companies detail rapid rollout of COVID-19 testing initiative
  • Today: FDA authorizes first COVID-19 test for people without symptoms
  • NBC:These women's coronavirus symptoms never went away. Their doctors' willingness to help did.
  • WisBusiness: Wisconsin health tech companies build better COVID-19 testing infrastructure
  • AP News: Experimental COVID-19 vaccine is put to its biggest test
  • EHR Intelligence: Epic Systems, Cerner exceeds EHR client expectations during COVID-19


  • The Guardian: US economy suffers worst quarter since the second world war as GDP shrinks by 32.9%
  • Business Insider: Markets will have 'severe problems' if Congress can't reach stimulus deal by mid next week, says Guggenheim's Minerd 
  • UWHC: University of Wisconsin Hospitals again ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin
  • Fox11: Defense Department awards Green Bay company NPS Corporation a $2.75 million PPE contract
  • NPR: Pending USPS changes could delay mail and deliveries, advocates say
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Packers, Microsoft building steady economic pipeline from Green Bay with TitletownTech
  • Marketing Dive: 45% of consumers have changed brand preferences during pandemic, study finds
  • Axios: America's two coronavirus realities
  • The New York Times: With COVID-19, broadband internet access is a civil rights issue
  • Art19: MKE Health & Economy Briefing 7/28/20: Tim Sheehy & Dr. John Raymond
  • Bloomberg: The economics of remote Work
  • Axios: Tech CEOs' task when testifying before Congress: Stay cool, wave flag
  • The Wall Street Journal: Walmart, Kroger bottle their own milk and shake up American dairy industry
  • WisBusiness: Early soybean planting this spring could mean record yields come fall
  • Milwaukee Business Journal: Northwestern Mutual cites low interest rates in implementing employee cost cuts
  • BizTimes: Greater Milwaukee Foundation to direct $30 million for equitable economic recovery in the community
  • The Wall Street Journal: Do you dare switch jobs in the coronavirus economy?
  • Journal Sentinel: Waitstaff, bartenders serve tales of navigating coronavirus pandemic
  • Axios: The unemployment situation is really, really bad
  • CNBC: Remote work will be a legacy of pandemic; job losses may not be over, survey finds


  • Wisconsin SBDC: Michelle Somes-Booher, Director of the SBDC at UW-Madison, was named "2020 State Star"
  • Release: ChemDirect moves from L.A. to Green Bay, secures funding and a new HQ at TitletownTech
  • WLUK: Green Bay start-up hopes to help schools, businesses cut PPE, sanitation costs
  • Business Insider: CES 2021 to be held online only because of COVID-19 pandemic
  • Sleep Review: EnsoData made 12 pivots to arrive at EnsoSleep
  • LinkedIn: No matter the platform, we can still be better communicators
  • Forbes: A big startup mistake: Hiring the wrong head of marketing
  • First Round: Struggling to thrive as a large team working remotely: A field guide
  • Venture Beat: The nimble enterprise: How to balance innovation and execution
  • Madison Startups: Promega surpasses CSR goals


  • J.P. Morgan: 5 things to know about startup fundraising through 2020
  • WisconsinINNO: Here are the social impact startups AmFam backed in the last year


  • 'A bad plan made poorly': UW staff, students criticize 'vague' reopening plan
  • UW-Eau Claire: Chemistry faculty publish research findings about COVID-19
  • Majority of surveyed rural Wisconsin schools say masks not mandated, lean to reopening in fall
  • Release: UW–Madison named member of new $25 million Midwest quantum science institute
  • Axios: The pandemic is making schools even more unequal
  • NYTimes: MacKenzie Scott gives $1.7 billion to historically black colleges and other groups
  • Inc.: When school goes virtual, startups step into the breach

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

STAT presents CRISPR: A Forward March on Wednesday, August 5

SBDC presents Food Finance Institute Boot Camp with Tera Johnson on August 5, 6 and August 26, 27

Wisconsin Health News feature: Exact Sciences’ Kevin Conroy discusses what missed screenings and delayed care throughout the pandemic could mean for the future of cancer care on Thursday, August 13 

STAT presents AI: Cracking COVID-19's Code on Tuesday, August 18

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·       Gov. Evers’ office regularly updates a statewide COVID-19 website that aggregates information and resources throughout state government, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the departments of Financial Institutions, Revenue and Workforce Development. Some specific sites:

·       The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development produced this FAQ document.

·       The Wisconsin Department of Revenue offers these information sources:

·       The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses.

·       Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 Outbreaks in Wisconsin

·       NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers are providing services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers such as connecting businesses that are pivoting their production in response to the coronavirus to new supply chains, connecting firms with state resources, advising companies on new operational issues, and providing workforce support.

·        “Wisconsin COVID-19 Startup Talentis a new project to help those displaced from jobs and employers now hiring

·       Wisconsin Hospital Association releases a COVID-19 dynamic Situational Awareness Update

·       View an interactive map of public wi-fi “hot spots” in Wisconsin

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