Wisconsin Roundup: Wozniak, Bridge to Cures, Isomark

Here are a few recent notable announcements from Wisconsin’s tech and innovation community:

—Madison, WI-based Isomark said it received a $150,000 investment from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) that will help fund a 110-patient study of the company’s non-invasive “Canary” breath analyzer at the UW Hospital and Clinics. The device is meant to provide early indication of potentially deadly infections in patients, such as sepsis. Isomark says it previously raised $130,000 in private cash, part of a $750,000 investment round.

—The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) is putting $140,000 into Bridge to Cures, a new nonprofit group that will provide seed funding and mentorship to four healthcare startups in southeastern Wisconsin each year. Bridge to Cures aims to take medical innovations developed at local universities—including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and clinical and diagnostic services—and help nurture those companies to the point that they’re viable for venture capital investment within two to four years, according to a WEDC press release. The first applicants will be accepted into the program later this year.

—Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will speak in Milwaukee in late June at Flying Car, the annual innovation and tech conference hosted by Innovation in Milwaukee, or MiKE, an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Other speakers at the conference include former Google brand strategist Heidi Hackemer, AOL “digital prophet” David Shing, and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, MiKE said.

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