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.
Curtis Knox, Vice President, Marketing & Sales at Lucigen Corp, will talk about turning science into products. Mr. Knox spent over 10 years as a forensic scientist before transitioning to technical service and product manager roles at Promega and Hologic.