UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
BioDiagnostics' business has expanded significantly since moving to River Falls and the firm recently undertook several new testing contracts for international firms. BioDiagnostics relocated to a River Falls industrial park to take advantage of the proximity to the UW-River Falls Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. CEO Quentin Schultz, pictured above, envisions a complete suite of genetic purity tests, along with standard germination tests.
"The classes that were offered by the biotechnology program at UWRF provided an accurate overview of all the disciplines involved in Biotechnology. As an Assistant manager of Biopharmaceutical Production at Medarex, Inc. the background provided the biotechnology program UWRF has been beneficial.
The skills and techniques learned in the program have served to enhance the career opportunities made available to me in the industry. I believe the biotechnology program at UWRF provided me with an education and experiences superior to those from much larger universities. I would gladly hire any graduate of UWRF that would like to work at Medarex, Inc." - Lance Marquardt, UWRF Graduate, Medarex, Inc.
Efforts to attract biotechnology firms to western Wisconsin from the Twin Cities and surrounding states led to a visit to UW-River Falls by representatives of Forward Wisconsin. Forward Wisconsin, a unique public-private marketing firm, is a not-for-profit organization responsible for out of state business marketing and attraction of new business to Wisconsin. UWRF Food Science Professors Bonnie Walters, second from left, and P.C. Vasavada, second from right, present biotechnology initiatives to Forward Wisconsin representative Melanie Platt-Gibson, left, and Scott Reigstad, right.