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Countdown to 2023 WARF Innovation Awards

Two $10,000 prizes to be revealed mid-December

Jeanan Yasiri Moe
Director of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
[email protected] | (608) 960-9892

MADISON, Wis. – Excitement is building for the 2023 WARF Innovation Awards! The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has nominated six outstanding UW-Madison technologies for its top prize in innovation, with the two winning teams set to be unveiled next week.

Be among the first to discover the winning teams. Sign up for the WARF holiday greeting email list and stay tuned for the big reveal.

Selected from the hundreds of innovation disclosures WARF received this year, these six technologies represent exciting early-stage solutions to real-world problems. From novel materials to new tools to improve human health, empower farmers and enhance quantum computing, the technologies exemplify the transformative work at UW-Madison that positively impacts people across our state and the world.

“Each year our Innovation Awards recognize some of the most exciting early-stage discoveries on campus,” says Erik Iverson, CEO of WARF. “We’re pleased to celebrate the nominees, and all UW-Madison innovators working to discover and translate research with the power to touch lives.”

An external panel of judges selects the winning teams, which each receive $10,000 awards, split among UW inventors.

Learn more and meet the 2023 WARF Innovation Award finalists:

Protein Has Potential to Promote Heart Tissue Renewal and Regeneration

  • Ahmed Mahmoud (Cell and Regenerative Biology)
  • Timothy Kamp (Cardiology)
  • Youngsook Lee (Cell and Regenerative Biology)

New Therapeutic for Glioblastoma, the Most Lethal Form of Brain Cancer

  • Mahua Dey (Neurological Surgery)
  • Jacques Galipeau (Hematology-Oncology)

Novel Alloy Better Protects Jets at High Speeds, Temperature

  • Dan Thoma (Materials Science and Engineering)
  • Michael Niezgoda (Materials Science and Engineering)

Eavesdropping on Insects to Better Protect Crops from Infestations

  • Emily Bick (Entomology)

Enhanced Valley Splitting in Silicon-Based Quantum Hardware

  • Benjamin Woods (Physics)
  • Mark Friesen (Physics)
  • Mark Eriksson (Physics)
  • Robert Joynt (Physics)
  • Emily Joseph (Physics)

Synthetic Peptide Could Lead to Powerful New Drug to Treat Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity

  • Samuel Gellman (Chemistry)
  • Kyle Brown (Chemistry)
  • Rylie Morris (Chemistry)


About WARF

Incorporated as a nonprofit foundation in 1925, WARF has a founding purpose “to promote, encourage, and aid scientific investigation and research at and within the University of Wisconsin-Madison.” Over 98 years the foundation has funded more than $4.4 billion in cumulative research grants to UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research (adjusted for inflation), has been issued more than 4,200 patents (with 2,200 active patents), generates an additional 375 invention disclosures and 55 revenue-generating licenses each year, and has helped create 190 startup companies based on UW-Madison technologies. For more information, visit warf.org and watch a video about how WARF stewards the Cycle of Innovation.