The July/August edition of “Fast Company” magazine included Madison in its annual listing of the 30 Fastest Cities. It was featured in the Start-Up Hubs category along with Austin, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; and London, England.

Here is what the magazine said:
Leading indicator: The University of Wisconsin at Madison spend more on R&D than Stanford, MIT or Harvard.
Fast companies: Promega, Third Wave Technologies, EMD Biosciences

“Biotech bastion of the breadbasket.” The University of Wisconsin employs about 50 stem-cell researchers, has one of the top tech transfer program in the nation, and is sinking $150 million in state and private money into its Institutes for Discovery. That has helped seed more than 100 life-sciences firms in surrounding Dane County.

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