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November 16, 2013
The rise of research parks: When University Research Park in Madison was founded in 1984, it was seen as an off-campus outpost for science faculty pursuing the impure goal of commercializing their ideas. Today, URP is home to about 125 companies and nearly 4,000 highly paid workers. Forbes magazine this month named URP as one of "12 business incubators changing the world." University Research Park will double in size over time, even as other high-quality parks in Madison and beyond, such as UW-Milwaukee's Innovation Park, come on line.
November 15, 2013
University Research Park and the MG&E Innovation Center on its campus were cited yesterday, November 15, by Forbes Magazine as among the top breeding grounds for compelling high-tech startups.
November 11, 2013
A recent University of Wisconsin-Madison report highlights the extensive innovation taking place within the campus community.
November 7, 2013
University Research Park associate director Greg Hyer has been named interim director, following the retirement of Mark Bugher.
November 7, 2013
Gov. Scott Walker visited University Research park to sign a bill allowing crowdfunding for the online sale of stocks in fledgling companies.
November 4, 2013
Last Friday was Mark Bugher's final day on the job as director of University Research Park. He has headed it since leaving Governor Tommy Thompson's administration, for which he served as secretary of the Department of Administration.
Yeah, he's a Republican. But he's the kind of Republican, if there were more like him, that I might think of joining the party. If there were one word I'd use to describe Bugher, it would be reasonable.
October 24, 2013
A recent study by the Progressive Policy Institute identified Madison as one of the nation's 25 leading locations for technology. The research was based on the number of high-tech information jobs in each location, putting Madison in the company of traditional technology powerhouses such as Seattle and San Francisco.
October 7, 2013
Mr. Fixit will clear out his UW-Madison Research Park desk Nov. 1. But Mark D. Bugher won't hang up a “gone fishing” sign. He's not retiring. He'll spend part of winter in warmer Arizona, sort through all the consulting and professional offers that will be coming, and he and his wife, Kate, will spoil their two granddaughters, ages 7 and 2, even more. He'll continue to serve as a director on corporate boards such as Marshfield Clinic's.
September 25, 2013
MADISON.COM - Irish biotech company GenCell Biosystems Ltd. has opened a two-person U.S. office in Madison’s University Research Park, with plans to hire a few more people in the coming 12 months. GenCell, an analytical-instrument maker based in Limerick, employs 30 people in Ireland, where it was formed in spring 2011.
September 25, 2013
WISBUSINESS - UW-Madison produces cutting-edge science and skilled researchers. But like other institutions in the upper Midwest, it doesn’t do enough to promote itself, the university’s new chancellor said Tuesday at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon.
September 24, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – University Research Park today announced that GenCell Biosystems Ltd., Limerick, Ireland, will locate its U.S. subsidiary in the park’s MGE Innovation Center. The decision comes after a lengthy selection process that included some of this country’s largest metropolitan areas and most successful bioscience hubs.
September 19, 2013
The new University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor visited University Research Park (URP) September 19 to discuss innovations in the biotech sector.
September 9, 2013
For nearly 15 years, Mark Bugher has been in charge of University Research Park on Madison’s west side. During his tenure, the number of companies at the 255-acre site increased significantly to 126, with 3,600 employees earning an average of $64,000 annually.
August 26, 2013
Governor Scott Walker spoke on the relationship between higher education and economic development. Walker says, "Research and innovation fuel new business ventures, and investing in this partnership is essential for growing our economy."
August 23, 2013
On the 100th episode of the show, Liz Schrum catches up with Mark Bugher, the show's very first guest, to discuss his tenure as director of University Research Park and his upcoming retirement. Also on the show, Tom Still explains why new SEC regulations could adversely affect angel investments in Wisconsin and across the country; and the WisBusiness.com Stock Report for late August covers home sales and Anchor Bank.
July 21, 2013
Co-working spaces are office environments where people who don’t generally work for the same company sign up to share space at a long table or a designated desk.
In Madison, several co-working spaces have opened, relocated, expanded or are about to open this year:
Horizon Coworking, 7 N. Pinckney St.
100State, 100 State St.
Machinery Row, 613 Williamson St.
Madworks Coworking, University Research Park, 505 S. Rosa Road
June 17, 2013
They don’t seem to make ‘em like Mark Bugher anymore. And that’s really too bad. Bugher, the longtime director of UW-Madison’s successful University Research Park, has announced plans to retire in October. Good for Bugher and his family. Tough loss for Madison, Dane County and all of Wisconsin.
June 16, 2013
The former Tommy Thompson administration insider even thinks government can actually do some good.
Bugher, 64, announced last week he would retire as director of the University Research Park in October, ending a career in public service that spans nearly 35 years.
June 11, 2013
Mark Bugher, who helped to mold UW-Madison’s University Research Park into an economic and technology transfer force admired nationally, plans to retire in October.
May 21, 2013
In its first year, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Shanghai Innovation Office (SIO) has hosted high-level delegations, coordinated conferences that have brought together Wisconsin and Chinese experts from academia as well as from the public and private sectors, and facilitated collaborative agreements.
April 26, 2013
The infrastructure for URP II continues with the major rebuild of Mineral Point and Junction Road.
April 24, 2013
Ward, who was president of the American Council on Education from 2001 to 2008, said when he returned to Madison, he focused on how education is delivered and how it is transferred beyond academia to industry and other sectors.
April 22, 2013
The MGE Innovation Center, University Research Park's incubator, has made the Forbes list for top 12 incubators in the world.
April 11, 2013
Mark Bugher, an Eau Claire native, has led the research park since 1999. He spoke to UW-Eau Claire officials Wednesday morning about the role the state's public universities play in the economy of the state.
Public universities' contributions to economic development increasingly are questioned, but Wisconsin's four-year institutions have long benefited the state economically, says the director of UW-Madison's University Research Park.
March 26, 2013
Read a feature article on WEDC InSource newsletter that discusses the value of the business incubator - which provides the environment and support to help early stage companies hatch a great idea and nurture its evolution. MGE Innovation Center is featured in a discussion with URP's Greg Hyer.
February 18, 2013
Gov. Scott Walker will include $25 million in his proposed budget for an investment capital fund that he says would help create jobs by investing in startup and emerging companies in Wisconsin.
June 26, 2012
University of Wisconsin-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward led a Wisconsin delegation to China, to inaugurate UW-Madison's first overseas outpost and participate in events aimed at deepening engagement with Chinese partners. The delegation, which includes UW-Madison representatives along with state of Wisconsin and state business officials, traveled to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong June 8-20