Wisys experts to describe invention and innovation resources

By UW-Barron County

Do you have great idea for a new procedure, product or device, one that may require professional input on how to proceed? Then you won’t want to miss “Plum ideas: Supporting Invention and Innovation in the University of Wisconsin System,” a talk by Arjun Sanga and Kristen Ruka, with WiSys. During their October 5 presentation at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County, Sanga and Ruka will explain how WiSys supports innovators throughout Wisconsin to help bring ideas to the marketplace. Their presentation is part of the university’s Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger Room 234). 

Sanga, executive director of WiSys, is an expert in technology transfer, intellectual property management and commercialization. He has more than 20 years of experience leading research collaborations, managing intellectual property, closing licensing deals and fostering startup companies. He spearheaded major deals and sought to balance the needs of different stakeholders, including faculty, state government, industry and investors. Sanga is a board member of the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Wisconsin Academy Foundation.

Ruka, regional associate with the foundation, serves western Wisconsin, forming connections among campus innovators and administration, and the communities surrounding UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, UW-Superior, and UW-Barron County. She educates and supports university faculty, staff, and students in using WiSys’s technology transfer services, including its grants, intellectual property programs and licensing. She has a bachelor’s degree in Physiological Sciences from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Michigan, where she also served as a fellow in Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer.

WiSys is a non-profit supporting organization of the UW System, serving as the dedicated technology transfer office for the 11 four-year comprehensive campuses, 13 two-year colleges and the statewide UW-Extension.

The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call the campus at 715-234-8176.



Brian Becker