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Rotary Member of the Week
Mark Nelson
Rotary music leader and member since 2004, Mark has performed on Prairie Home Companion, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, USO, and Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop. Following his professional music theatre career, he returned to his hometown of Marshfield in 1983. He joined his parents and brother in Nelson-Jameson, Inc., a national distributor to the food and dairy industry. Mark is now CEO of Microscopy Innovations, LLC, a high-tech start-up firm. He is on boards of two manufacturing companies and the executive committee of Marshfield Investment Partners.

Mark graduated from Lawrence University (BA 1974) and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management (MBA 1997.) Mark serves as president of Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, a non-profit community arts organization he founded with his wife, Bridget, in 2003. Bridget served as Chestnut’s Executive Director for ten years and is now pursuing other interests, including “stream monitoring” for the DNR. Their children are Peter who is a software engineer for Google, and Katy who works at a bio-tech recruiting company in Portland, Oregon.
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The World of Tech Transfer
Marsha Barwick is Director of Applied Sciences at Marshfield Clinic. In her presentation, Marsha focused on innovation. She said, “All industries must have disruptive innovation as their goal, not just to compete but to survive.” There are two kinds of research, Marsha said. One that looks and validates information and data and a second kind that is translational. Translational research serves to apply what is learned to users’ needs. It transitions from the lab to the marketplace. Marsha noted that technology is evolving at an incredible rate. She showed an amazing video about modeling of human body parts with 3-D printers. Check it out: The video demonstrated how “robo-hands” or artificial ears can be made inexpensively, which is especially desirable for growing children who may have to have a new hand or ear every few months. Marshfield Clinic is a partner with Cleveland Clinic and five other entities in “Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance,” a collaborative network that creates opportunities that benefit patients everywhere through scalable technology development and commercialization. The Alliance provides unique 360 degree perspective on patient care and innovation and utilizes established connections throughout the healthcare industry.

Marsha showed us an even more remarkable video featuring a 15 year-old boy who invented a simple cancer detection device: Both videos demonstrated the importance of disruptive technology to the service of medicine. Clinic Applied Sciences have been working quietly with research scientists and physicians to encourage technology development. Now the Clinic is taking it to a mass scale, talking with all physicians and staff about the commercial potential of their research. Applied Sciences will oversee peer review, patenting, market analysis, development, licensing, and management and royalty. More information about Clinic Applied Sciences may be found at

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