D2P has helped launch or grow over 100 startups since its inception in 2014.

Innovation and Commercialization Mentors

Amar Anumakonda, PhD

Tech-focused business leader with a passion for addressing global problems in energy and environment. Industry experience in innovation and commercializing game-changing technologies.

Aimee Arnoldussen, PhD

Cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in medical and assistive technologies. Start-up, healthcare, research funding and FDA.

Abram Becker

Expertise in commercial strategy for pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, and diagnostics. Start-up, non-profit, & Fortune 500 experience.

Cecily Brose

Expertise in consumer product development and commercialization. Led innovation platforms in the food industry.

Jeffrey Snell, PhD

Wealth of experience in double-bottom-line social impact models that blur the lines between profitability and improved human well-being. His background includes serving as Entrepreneurial Mentor for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program and his mentored…

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News from the Innovate Network

Eco-Friendly Pest Control

For Russ Groves, research on insecticide resistance genes in the Colorado potato beetle has led to partnerships to develop more targeted and sustainable bug-neutralizing options. Wisconsin has a long history of vegetable production. It’s a …

Regional leaders discuss the current state, future of Greater Madison’s economy

The current state and future of Greater Madison’s economic position was discussed Wednesday at a panel of regional industry leaders. Those involved in the discussion gathered at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery to analyze where …

WARF Innovates finalists are testing the strength of soft materials

Mechanical Engineering faculty Melih Eriten and Corinne Henak are finalists for the 2022 WARF Innovation Awards. Eriten and Henak have developed a method for testing the mechanical and failure properties of soft materials using a …