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Why Wisconsin

Technology Leadership

Wisconsin's vibrant and growing technology base bolsters both its traditional and knowledge-based industries. For more than 80 years, Wisconsin entrepreneurs have built successful businesses using leading-edge research--from the Vitamin D milk irradiation discoveries in the 1920s, to the world’s first commercially available computer in the 1960s, to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) innovations in the 1980s.

  • Today, Wisconsin is in the international spotlight through the isolation of human embryonic stem cells--a discovery now paving the way toward treatments for incurable diseases.
  • Strong technology transfer programs underpin the state's fastest-rising industries, including biotechnology and medical imaging.
  • Public-private partnerships--including the $317 million dollar BioStar Initiative for construction of University of Wisconsin research facilities--are another way Wisconsin is investing in its technology infrastructure.


Wisconsin is home to some of the world's largest firms...

  • GE Health Care Technologies
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Lands' End
  • S.C. Johnson & Son
  • Kohler

...and they all use technology to improve products and bottom lines.

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