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State Partners with Medical College to Draw More High-Tech Research to Wisconsin

Sullivan, Wisconsin Building Commission, 7 Tesla MRI, Medical College of Wisconsin, Blood Center of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, GE Healthcare, Tax Incremental Financing, UWM Engineering Campus

The Wisconsin Building Commission released $10 million this month to help purchase and install a 7 Tesla MRI scanner at The Medical College of Wisconsin. The investment in this highly advanced medical imaging equipment will encourage high-tech medical research firms to focus on Wisconsin, as well as attract federal research grants to the 5th Senate District.

I have advocated for this major development since 2007, working with members of the Joint Finance Committee, leadership from both houses and the governor to secure this substantial financial commitment to advancing medical research in Wisconsin. The 7T MRI will provide greater resolution for diagnostic imaging, allowing researchers to study workings of the human brain at levels they have never seen before.

The payoff from an investment in biotechnology is two-fold: Our researchers can help improve the lives of those suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Autism by improving diagnosis and treatment options. We are also bringing high-tech research dollars to the area and growing our economy. It’s a win-win situation.

Here’s what John R. Raymond, Sr., M.D., president and CEO of The Medical College of Wisconsin had to say about this major development: “This new technology will enable Medical College of Wisconsin scientists to explore new avenues of discovery on brain disorders and will build on our international reputation as one of the world’s leading centers for imaging research. We are tremendously grateful to Senator Sullivan and all who supported our efforts to obtain this vital research equipment. With the funding in place, we will now continue to collaborate with Wisconsin-based GE Healthcare on the design and production of the 7 Tesla MRI scanner."

As you know, I have been working to foster growth in southeastern Wisconsin’s technology sector. That’s why I advocated for the creation of a tax incremental financing (TIF) district in Wauwatosa for the future home of the UWM Engineering Campus. The UWM Engineering Campus will be constructed in the same high-tech corridor as The Medical College of Wisconsin, GE Healthcare, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert and the Blood Center of Wisconsin. The project will bring an estimated 2,500 jobs to Wauwatosa.

If you have questions about the 7T MRI or the future of high-tech industry in the 5th Senate District, please send me an email at Sen.Sullivan@legis.wisconsin.gov.

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