Wisconsin named Regional Technology Hub, focusing on biohealth, medicine

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(The Center Square) – Wisconsin is one of the country’s new tech hubs and is expected see millions of dollars because of it.

The Biden Administration named Wisconsin one of 32 regional technology hubs across the country.

“Bringing a tech hub to Wisconsin will help us continue that legacy into the future. With world-class research institutions, a strong pipeline of talent, and cutting-edge ‘Made in Wisconsin’ manufacturing, our state is well positioned to drive innovation in biohealth and personalized medicine, pioneering technologies that have the potential to improve access to affordable care, better diagnose and treat patients, and save lives,” U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, said.

The announcement comes with the chance to land as much as $70 million in funding. The state’s pitch to be a tech hub focused on precision medicine and commercialization in the biohealth industry.

“As this sector continues to grow, it will mean more high-paying jobs and economic growth for our state, as well as innovations that will transform the future of medical care for people in Wisconsin and around the world,” Gov. Tony Evers said.

The other tech hubs range from a project focusing on ocean robotics and sensors in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, to equitable AI-driven biotechnology in Alabama and a lithium batteries and electric vehicle materials in Nevada.

Rockwell Automation and GE HealthCare, which are both large Milwaukee-area employers, helped drive the effort with the University of Wisconsin.

“Our universities will provide access to education and research that will help drive growth and innovation in this dynamic field. We are proud to play a critical role in helping Wisconsin win this designation and strategy grant. The Universities of Wisconsin look forward to working with our consortium partners in the public and private sectors to advance the fields of personalized medicine, biohealth technology, precision manufacturing, and automation as we develop talent for companies all across Wisconsin,” UW president Jay Rothman said in a statement.

The 32 regional technology Hubs were selected from more than 400 pitches from the states.

The 32 hubs will now make specific requests for money.

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