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Yoshi Kawaoka

Yoshi Kawaoka is a globally recognized influenza expert and professor in the UW–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. His work is changing how flu vaccines are made by providing faster and more cost-effective methods. Kawaoka’s team established a new strategy to generate and manipulate the virus – a system called “reverse genetics” – that has revolutionized the field. In 2007 he co-founded FluGen, a Madison-based company dedicated to preventing and treating both seasonal and pandemic outbreaks that kill hundreds of thousands worldwide.