Exact Sciences, OnKöl, Fiserv, & More: This Week’s WI Watchlist
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analytics” category of the list, which was compiled by SVG Partners, an agriculture-focused investment group based in Silicon Valley. About a year ago, Understory raised a $7.5 million Series A funding round and announced it was moving back to Wisconsin from the Boston area.
—Former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel business journalist Kathleen Gallagher has been named executive director of Milwaukee Institute, a nonprofit that advocates for entrepreneurship and new technology development. Gallagher spent 23 years at the newspaper, during which time she was part of a team that won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize. The prize was awarded for a series of articles the team wrote about groundbreaking work performed by Milwaukee-area clinicians to sequence the DNA of a young boy. The story of the boy, Nic Volker, was later turned into a book, which Gallagher co-authored.
She succeeds Jay Bayne as the Milwaukee Institute’s executive director. Bayne, an Xconomist, co-founded the institute in 2007 and retired last fall.
—The UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation, which assists with technology transfer at the school, licensed interactive software designed to educate people about fluid dynamics and air flow to Reynoldsburg, OH-based Science Kinetics. Tom Hansen, a doctoral candidate in UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences, developed a system that uses a projector and webcam to allow users to make ripples in a two-dimensional “pool” of water, the university said.