Flu Research, Propeller, & Stem Cells: This Week’s WI Watchlist
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wind turbine that’s aimed at powering cellular phone towers in India, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Scott Williams, who works at the Wisconsin Energy Institute—located on the university’s campus—told the newspaper that the electrical grid can be spotty in parts of India, where power outages are more common than in other countries. The student presented the concept and a model they built at a competition hosted by the American Wind Energy Association in New Orleans that concluded on Thursday.
—Milwaukee-based Okanjo, whose software can help news outlets display online advertisements that relate to the content of articles, is expanding its partnership with Lee Enterprises (NYSE: LEE). Lee is a media conglomerate based in Davenport, IA, whose holdings include the Wisconsin State Journal and several other Badger State publications. Bethany Grabher, Okanjo’s vice president of marketing and business development, declined to reveal the size of Lee’s investment or the ownership stake in Okanjo that Lee received.
—Middleton-based Standard Imaging, whose products include tools for measuring and calibrating radiation when treating cancer patients, was among the winners of Governor’s New Product Awards, according to an e-mail from Lauren Foley, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Standard Imaging won first place in the category for companies with 51 to 200 employees for its Exradin A26 Ion Chamber, which is used in dosimetry. The awards recognize the efforts of engineers in developing new products, Foley said.
—Northwestern Mutual, the life insurance and financial services giant based in Milwaukee, launched a revamped online portal for its 4.3 million clients that incorporates technology developed by LearnVest, a New York-based company the insurer acquired a year ago. LearnVest founder and CEO Alexa von Tobel is now Northwestern Mutual’s vice president of client experience, the insurer said. LearnVest operates as an independent subsidiary of the insurer, with von Tobel and most of her employees continuing to work from the company’s New York offices.