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Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Johnathan Ebben & John S. Kuo
THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI Research Foundation (WARF) is a nonprofit organization associated with the University of Wisconsin that primarily functions in streamlining technology transfer for the benefit of sponsoring university research. WARF is instrumental in harnessing and commercializing the results of basic scientific research conducted at the University of Wisconsin, and these efforts generate funds that are used to support further research. One of the principal challenges in science is taking innovative ideas and technologies developed in the laboratory and translating them into beneficial, widespread public use. The goal of WARF is to facilitate and provide solutions for this problem, enabling researchers to commercialize their creative ideas, discoveries, and inventions for the benefit of society and the University of Wisconsin. In the context of stem cell research, WARF has proven to be an important asset and pivotal player. WARF was founded in 1925 by Harry Steenbock, who invented, with James Cockwell, ...