Wisconsin’s biotech community continues to gain national notice. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News mentioned the Madison area as “an emerging biotechnology cluster” in its May edition. Genome Technology’s June edition included Wisconsin among its “best biotech places and emerging clusters.”

Here is what Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reported: “In the U.S., additional emerging cluster contenders include Madison, Wisconsin; Orange County, California; and Houston, Texas. Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin, which has a strong life sciences program, and the region has a specialized job concentration in pharmaceuticals; medical devices; agricultural feedstocks, chemicals, and research; and testing and medical laboratories, according to BIO.”

Here is an excerpt from the Genome Technology report: “Researchers in the state wrangled $370 million in NIH dollars through 999 grants last year. Companies such as EraGen Biosciences, Promega and Third Wave Technologies are familiar to people in the biomedical field.” The story also noted the contributions of UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.