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Terry Sivesind

While he’s not a bench scientist, Sivesind may have more to do with the growth of Madison’s biotech community than anyone. As a founder of Wisconsin Investment Partners, an angel investors network designed to seed local biotech start-ups, he’s helped raise and distribute more than $5 million to jumpstart fledgling companies. And he’s an industry insider in another way. Since getting in on the ground floor at Promega, one of Madison’s best-established biotech firms, he has been a founder or senior executive at several firms, including PanVera, Mirus, Takara Bio USA, Metabiologics, Renovar, Poseidon Probes and Cellectar. He also runs the Silver Lining Foundation, a private family foundation that focuses on helping Wisconsin’s disadvantaged youth and families.