The Advocate Aurora Research Institute will extend its laboratory and clinical research capabilities to emerging biotech companies through its new sponsorship of Madison biohealth startup incubator Forward Biolabs.

Advocate Aurora aims to accelerate new technologies and interventions that will ultimately help its patients, the research institute’s director of biorepository and laboratory services Monika de Arruda Indig said in a March 16 statement.

Using resources from sponsors like Advocate Aurora, the 18 biotech startup companies that are currently Forward Biolabs members can keep overhead costs down and access possible patient participants and patient data for research. Forward Biolabs also provides access to lab equipment, office space and other resources through a co-working model.

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