Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Recognizing High Potential Disclosures

Innovation Award Trophy

Each fall the WARF Innovation Awards recognize some of the best of inventions at UW-Madison.

WARF receives hundreds of new invention disclosures each year. Of these disclosures, the WARF Innovation Award finalists are considered exceptional in the following criteria:


  • Has potential for high long-term impact
  • Presents an exciting solution to a known important problem
  • Could produce broad benefits for humankind

Each of the two Innovation Award winners receive $10,000, split among UW inventors.

See the 2020 winning teams!

View the recorded Innovation Award event

2020 WARF Innovation Award Finalists

Bridging Biology and Electronics for “Hybrid” Biosensing | Watch Video

  • Bhuvana Krishnaswamy (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Megan McClean (Biomedical Engineering)

High-Energy Plasma Generator for Medical Isotope Production, Nuclear Waste Disposal & Power Generation | Watch Video

  • Cary Forest (Physics)
  • Jay Anderson (Physics)
  • John Wallace (Physics)
  • Robert Harvey (CompX)
  • Yuri Petrov (CompX)

Killer Combination: Multicell Conjugates for Activating Antigen-Specific T Cell Responses | Watch Video

  • Jenny Gumperz (Medical Microbiology & Immunology)
  • Dana Baiu (Medical Microbiology & Immunology)

Superior Neural Tissue Models for Disease Modeling, Drug Development and More | Watch Video

  • Randolph Ashton (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Gavin Knight (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Benjamin Knudsen (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Nisha Iyer (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Carlos Marti-Figueroa (Biomedical Engineering)

First Molecular Sleep Test Based on Epigenetic Discovery | Watch Video

  • David Plante (Psychiatry)
  • Reid Alisch (Neurological Surgery)

Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration Using Alkaline Industrial Wastes | Watch Video

  • Bu Wang (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Raghavendra Ragipani (Civil & Environmental Engineering)

Interested in advancing and protecting your work?

WARF is eager to connect.

Visit warf.org/disclose to access our innovation disclosure process or visit our searchable staff directory to start the conversation.

View News Releases on previous finalist and winning technologies

2020 WARF Innovation Awards News Release
2019 WARF Innovation Awards News Release
2018 WARF Innovation Awards News Release