ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- MichBio announced that Johnson & Johnson Vice Chairman, Christine A. Poon will be the keynote speaker for its statewide Expo and Conference November 18-19 in Novi, Michigan. MichBio is the association for Michigan's life science industry, and its annual Expo is the state's premier life science event attracting more than 450 attendees and 60 exhibitors last year.
"Christine is one of the most respected professionals in the industry, and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring her to Michigan for the MichBio Expo," said Stephen Rapundalo, Ph.D., MichBio Executive Director. "At a time when the vision for Michigan's life sciences industry is coming into better focus, and we are recognizing what we need to capitalize on our strengths and successes, it will be interesting and illuminating to have the benefit of Christine's global perspective and experienced viewpoint."
Johnson & Johnson is a 122 year-old multinational conglomerate that continues with leadership positions in consumer health products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biologics. Ms. Poon joined Johnson & Johnson in 2000 as Group Chairman in the Pharmaceuticals Group. She was named Worldwide Chairman, Medicines & Nutritionals in 2003 and was appointed Vice Chairman in 2005. In January of this year, she was named Worldwide Chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Group. She is responsible for managing the pharmaceutical, consumer pharmaceutical and nutritional businesses of the company, in addition to overseeing its expanding R&D pipeline. She is also a member of the company's Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Poon served in various management positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for 15 years, most recently as President of International Medicines (1998-2000) and President of Medical Devices (1997-1998). She is a Director of Prudential Financial Inc., the US-China Business Council, and the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia PA. Ms. Poon received her BA in Biology from Northwestern University, her M.S. in Biology and Biochemistry from St. Louis University, and an MBA in Finance from Boston University.
Expo Program Adds New Features
In addition to Ms. Poon's keynote address, this year's Expo provides a robust schedule of offerings covering two full days with several new program features. Additions to the program include:
-- The Michigan Emerging Life Sciences Showcase, where the best of Michigan's new and emerging life sciences companies will present before an audience of venture capitalists, angel investors and institutional investors;
-- The Life Sciences Innovation and Commercialization Caucus, a road mapping discussion of the future of the industry by legislators and life sciences leaders from across the state;
-- Medical Device Suppliers Track focusing on manufacturing companies looking to diversify or increase their business in the medical device industry, and;
-- An exclusive members-only CEO dinner where life science leaders will network with their peers and take part in a high-level discussion of leadership issues facing the industry.
Other Expo events include one-on-one Business Partnering Meetings, company tours, R&D, Emerging Business and Medical Affairs and Markets sessions and workshops, a breakfast forum, networking receptions, lunch and breaks.
More than 70% of those attending the MichBio Expo are executives in life sciences companies, research institutions and universities with another 25% representing service providers and other related industries. The 2008 event will be held at the Rock Financial ShowPlace in Novi, MI. Registration for attendees opens September 1. For information, visit http://www.michbio.org/Expo/.
MichBio is committed to driving the growth of Michigan's life science industry and to fostering the collective impact of its members by serving as their unified voice and by providing them with education, information, connections and other services. MichBio members include life sciences companies, academic and research institutions, bioscience service providers, and related organizations.
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