Mar 24, 2020

Could Psychedelic Therapy Fight Depression?

Presented by:  Wisconsin Technology Council
Location:  Coliseum Bar and Banquet   (232 E. Olin Ave., Madison, WI 53713 )
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Treatment for addiction, depression and post-traumatic stress are among the targets of research into psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient found in so-called “magic” mushrooms. Learn how the Madison-based Usona Institute is a part of a worldwide research trend by attending the March 24 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon in Madison.

The luncheon will be held at The Coliseum Bar & Banquet on E. Olin Ave. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for students and returning veterans, $25 for individual members, $35 for non-members and included for Tech Council corporate members.

Counter-culture excesses of the 1960s led to psychedelic therapy research being outlawed in the United States for decades, but respected medical institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, New York University, the University of California-Los Angeles and London’s Imperial College have all conducted clinical trials of late for therapies derived from psilocybin.

The Usona Institute was co-founded in 2014 by Bill Linton, chief executive officer and founder of Fitchburg-based Promega, and Dr. Malynn Utzinger, to study the therapeutic effects of psilocybin. In 2019, Usona Institute received breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Providing an overview of Usona’s work will be Tura Patterson, senior director of strategic partnerships, and Dr. Charles Raison, Usona’s director of clinical and translational research and a UW-Madison psychiatrist.

“We’ll hear how derivatives of psilocybin are producing clinical results that have already prompted a surge of investments and may, in time, lead to FDA-approved therapies,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

This luncheon is in partnership with the Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum. The Wisconsin Technology Council is the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the governor and Legislature, with events, publications and outreach that contribute to Wisconsin’s tech-based economy. To join, go to or call 608-442-7557.


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Julie Johnson