Wisconsin industry leaders need to collaborate more if the state wants to become a national hub for biomanufacturing, a panel of experts agreed.

The panel, speaking at the annual BioHealth Summit in Madison this week, said making Wisconsin a “biomanufacturing center of excellence” requires deeper cooperation between diverse sectors, such as biology, engineering and IT.

“Connect to people that you think can help each other,” said Tom Foti, president and general manager of Aldevron, a provider of biologicals. “Little by little, we can create the foundation for a great place here.”

The challenge, though, is ensuring the state maintains a top level of talent — and that it’s able to attract big money to fund research and startup companies. Read the full story here.