In connection with the prestigious M List, Madison Magazine also recognizes giants of health innovation in a distinction called Titans of the Industry. The following nine individuals are respected leaders and visionaries in their field. They have contributed greatly to helping position Madison as the next hub of health innovation.
Ken Loving, Access Community Health
Lilada Gee, Black Women Heal Day
Judy Faulkner, Epic Systems
Kevin Conroy, Exact Sciences
Mark Gehring, HealthMyne
Bill Linton, Promega
Ralph Kauten, Lucigen Corp.
Thomas “Rock” Mackie, TomoTherapy
James “Jamie” Thomson, Morgridge Institute for Research
As CEO of Access Community Health Centers, a nonprofit health care provider supported by federal grants, Ken Loving oversees five clinics in south central Wisconsin that serve low income and medically under-resourced communities via medical, dental and behavioral health services with sliding scale discounts.
As a survivor of child sexual abuse, Lilada Gee founded Black Women Heal Day and Lilada’s Livingroom, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a safe space for girls and women while empowering them with self-love to prevent sexual exploitations and abuses.
“Named to the 2017 Forbes’ “America’s Richest Self-Made Women” list, Judy Faulkner is founder and CEO of $2.5 billion (2016 sales) Epic Systems, a Verona-based medical-record software provider serving more than half of the American population.
As president and CEO of Madison-based biotech company Exact Sciences, Kevin Conroy leads an organization with a goal of eradicating colorectal cancer, a disease that affects more than 1.4 million in the United States, with its invention of the sole and pioneering FDA-approved, DNA-based non-invasive colorectal cancer screening test.
Following his derivation of human embryonic stem cells and subsequent developments in methods for genetic manipulation, cell biologist James Thomson of the Morgridge Institute for Research is now studying topics such as clocking mechanisms, which controls developmental rates.
Known as one of Madison’s most prolific entrepreneurs, Mark Gehring was CEO of Geometrics, a radiation treatment planning software; co-founded and was president of Propellor Health, which invented digitally integrated asthma and COPD inhaler sensors; co-founded software development platform Sharendipity; co-founded the radiology and oncology imaging analytics software HealthMyne; and co-founded and was CEO/CTO of Ultravisual Medical Systems.
As CEO of Lucigen Corp., Ralph Kauten is at the helm of a company with services for DNA amplification, cloning and next gen sequencing—just to name a few. Kauten is also former CEO of Quintessence Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on developing protein-based anti-cancer agents.
In addition to being the producer of an expansive list of biotech inventions and solutions, Promega, led by CEO Bill Linton, is also home to BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute, an educational nonprofit working to instill science education in the lives of children and young adults.
A professor of medical physics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Thomas “Rock” Mackie co-invented TomoTherapy (now owned by California-based company Accuray), a radiation therapy system that introduced and enabled daily imaging capabilities for cancer treatments.