Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 2 P.M. CST | Virtual and Worldwide

Get an inside look at UW-Madison products, services, and technologies that will shape the future of our world at this virtual pitch event.

This 60-minute event will include four quick pitches, glimpses of cherished UW-Madison places, people and traditions and a moderated Q&A session.

WARF Accelerator Quick Pitch Lineup

  • Rendering Reality: Enhancing Virtual and Augmented Reality
    Kevin Ponto (Department of Design Studies – School of Human Ecology)
  • Wearable Tendon Force Measurement System to Improve Sports Rehabilitation and Performance
    Darryl Thelen (Mechanical Engineering – College of Engineering)
    Peter Adamczyk (Mechanical Engineering – College of Engineering)
    Technology Summary
  • Cost-Saving Dairy Protein Separation
    Mark Etzel  (Food Science – College of Agricultural and Life Sciences)
    Technology Summary
  • ECMO Simulator for Lifesaving Oxygenation Procedures
    Erick Przybylski (Simulation Center – School of Medicine and Public Health)
    Technology Summary

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2019 Innovation Day Technologies and Results

WARF Accelerator Quick Pitches

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2018 WARF Innovation Day: Videos

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WARF Innovation Awards

An independent panel of judges selected the Innovation Award winners from a field of six finalists drawn from among approximately 350 invention disclosures.


Mark Saffman
Mark Saffman

Simplified optical hardware for quantum computing

Mark Saffman (physics) developed a technology, which was recently licensed to ColdQuanta Inc. and improves an apparatus for particle trapping, which will reduce the cost and complexity of next-generation quantum computing devices (brief inventor videotechnology summary)

Contact Emily Bauer for Licensing information.


Ophelia Venturelli, Philip Romero
Ophelia Venturelli, Philip Romero

Microfluidic tool for mapping how bacteria interact in microbiomes

Ophelia Venturelli, Philip Romero, Ryan Hsu and Jin Wen Tan (biochemistry) for a technology that provides the ability to investigate these interactions on a large scale, which has implications from personalized medicine to improved food safety.
(brief inventor video,  technology summary)

Contact Jennifer Gottwald for Licensing information.


Other finalists:

  • Shannon Stahl, Hao Luo (chemistry), – One-Step Process to Generate Lignin-Derived Aromatics from Raw Biomass: brief inventor videotechnology summary
  • Brian Martinell, Michael Petersen, Edward Williams (Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center), Frank McFarland, Nathaniel Schleif, Shawn Kaeppler, Heidi Kaeppler (agronomy) – Improved Extraction and Preservation of Pathogen-Free Maize Germplasm: brief inventor video
  • Bhuvana Krishnaswamy, Yaman Sangar (electrical & computer engineering), – Power-Saving, Data-Transmitting System for Wireless Remote Sensing: brief inventor video
  • Ari Rosenberg (neuroscience), Brittany Travers (kinesiology), Adhira Sunkara (WiSys), – App for Stratifying Autism Spectrum Disorders: brief inventor videotechnology summary


If you have questions, please email [email protected] or call 608-960-9873.