Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

The Warfarin Story: Groundbreaking Ceremony and Public Presentation

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October 12, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In February 1933, a chance encounter between a farmer from northwest Wisconsin and a biochemistry professor in Madison led to a medical breakthrough that has treated millions of patients. That’s the story of warfarin, a prescription blood thinner that is still prescribed today and, for many decades, was also the world’s most widely used rat poison.

To celebrate the American Chemical Society’s designation of warfarin as a National Chemical Historic Landmark, the UW-Madison Biochemistry Department, Wednesday Nite @ the Lab and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation present a landmark groundbreaking ceremony followed by a public presentation from local author Doug Moe.

Long a source of local legend, hear the real story that Doug Moe uncovered while researching his forthcoming biography of Karl Paul Link, the professor who met the farmer on that fateful 1933 day. (Spoiler alert: it’s all true.)

The groundbreaking will be held outdoors at the UW-Madison Biochemistry Courtyard at 4 p.m.

The indoor presentation and audience Q&A will start at 4:15 p.m. in room 1211 of the Biochemical Sciences Building and will also be livestreamed via Wednesday Nite @ the Lab.


October 12, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Room 1211, Biochemical Sciences Building
440 Henry Mall
Madison, 53706 United States
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