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Exclusive Interview With Dick Leazer: Renaissance Man

Madison, WI, Jan. 21 - From 1993 through 1999, Dick Leazer served as managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the licensing and commercialization agency of the University of Wisconsin. Since then, he has co-managed the Wisconsin Investment Partners (WIP), an angel investment group based in Madison that focuses on funding life sciences start-ups. Through these two organ......

Full article >>> emanates out from those investments, Wisconsin is a rich environment for economic development. But then there are the issues of equity finance and management talent. We're not at the critical mass yet where we have enough experienced entrepreneurs to really pull these companies together and attract investment dollars. We have the raw materials. We have the science and the laboratories. Now we need......

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WTN: Why does WIP focus on life science?

DL:. I spent most of my career in the health-care industry in pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and Terry was more in biotech. So, it's a reflection of our backgrounds, and its a reflection of the science on the campus. We go over into the engineer......

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