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New program to help market biotech discoveries

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new program is being established in Wisconsin to help biotechnology companies take discoveries from the lab to the market.

The program is run by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Engineering and the Small Business Development Center. They will work with firms NeoClone in Madison, Catalent in Middleton and Invitrogen in Milwaukee.

The pilot program is looking for two more companies. The program started in October and should be fully running in June. Its goal is to help biotech companies reduce lead time, variability and costs, while improving quality and the likelihood of success.

The plan is to use engineering strategies that have already been successful in increasing efficiency at companies like John Deere and Harley-Davidson.

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