Governor Promotes Stem Cell Research In Wisconsin

Governor Doyle says he'll propose new steps to maintain Wisconsin's status as a leader in embryonic stem cell research during his State of the State speech Tuesday night. He said during an interview Monday with The Capital Times of Madison that he aims to have the state capture ten percent of the stem cell research market by 2015.

The governor estimates the industry will be worth ten billion dollars nationwide by then, and employ 100,000 people.

Doyle says he'll call upon the state Department of Commerce to dedicate five million dollars to find, fund and recruit companies which find practical applications for stem cell research.

The governor also says he'll direct Forward Wisconsin, a development group funded jointly with public and private money, to promote Wisconsin's "brand" as a leader in the stem cell field.