Meet Dr. Jessical Silvaggi, a key innovator in Milwaukee’s startup ecosystem.

In July, Silvaggi became president of University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Research Foundation (UWMRF). The Connecticut native earned her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University and has worked in the organization since 2009.

UWMRF was launched in 2006 to support research and innovation at the school and help bring these developments into the marketplace.  The independent, non-profit corporation is funded through the university and the support of business and community partners throughout Wisconsin.

To date, the program has resulted in 189 patents and supported a number of Milwaukee’s most promising startup companies, including COnovatePantherics, and RoddyMedical.

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