WARF Innovation Day

Inspiring presentations about exciting technologies

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Discovery Building, Madison, WI
H.F. DeLuca Forum & Atrium | 330 N. Orchard St.

Be among the first to hear from leading researchers about some of the most commercially exciting discoveries at UW–Madison.

Industry innovators, researchers, investors, students and the general public are invited to attend the WARF Innovation Day.

This event is free and open to the public.


1:00 p.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Greg Keenan, manager of WARF's Accelerator Program

He will describe how industry partners, investors and researchers can get involved with this program and these projects. 

1:30 p.m. Quick Pitch Presentations

Sneak peek: Hear from the investigators moving promising technologies closer to the marketplace and learn how the WARF Accelerator Program is helping to de-risk their discoveries.

The presentations will include:

  • Advanced Protein Analysis for Improved Drug Development (College of Engineering)
  • Innovative Process for the Production of Renewable Chemicals Used in Paints, Coatings and Adhesives (College of Engineering)
  • Cosajaba Oil as a Growth-Promoting, Survival-Enhancing Feed Ingredient in High Value Fish Species (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences)
  • Improving Cancer Therapies Using a Novel Micelle Drug Delivery Technology (School of Pharmacy)
  • Energy Recovery and Foot Traffic Monitoring Using Powerboard Smart Building Technology (College of Engineering)

3:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Byron Reese

Byron Reese
A successful tech entrepreneur and author of The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity will provide an inspiring keynote address: Technology and the Coming Golden Age of Humanity.

4:00 p.m. WARF Innovation Awards

Recognizing early-stage innovation
Finalist groups will share three-minute summaries of their technology. The two winning groups are selected by a panel of external judges who look for technologies with potential for long-term impact that present an exciting solution to a known problem and may produce broad benefits for humankind.

The seven finalists for the WARF Innovation Awards are:

  • Machine Vision for Seeing Around Corners (College of Engineering)
  • Artificial Vascular Grafts Mimic Native Blood Vessels (College of Engineering)
  • Improved Qubit to Advance Quantum Computing (College of Letters and Science)
  • Inspired by Origins of Life, Peptide Synthesis Method Could Yield New Therapeutics (College of Engineering)
  • Potential Cure Strategy for HIV Infection (School of Medicine and Public Health)
  • Receptor Discovery Could Neutralize Common Cold (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences)
  • Non-Invasive Method to Sort Cancer Immunotherapy Cells (Morgridge Institute for Research)

4:45 p.m. Reception

Enjoy appetizers, drinks and networking.
The reception is co-hosted with


If you have questions, please email lallen@warf.org or call 608-960-9873.