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MichBio Announces Expo Tours; Extends Deadline for Innovator Showcase Applications

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- MichBio, the association for Michigan's life sciences industry, announced the tour schedule for its upcoming MichBio Expo October 16-17 in Lansing.

Guided tours will be available to Expo attendees from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Day 1 of the Expo, October 16. Attendees must register for the Expo at the Lansing Center to receive tour credentials and maps to the locations. Visitors will transport themselves to the locations. The Lansing area companies that will open their doors for guided tours are:

- AFID Therapeutics, - Defines and delivers advanced chemical and

biochemical technologies and strategies and employs them in the design,

discovery, delivery, and development of new drugs.

- Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., - Develops, manufactures and commercializes

immunobiotics, consisting of vaccines and therapeutics that assist the

body's immune system to prevent or treat disease.

- Fraunhofer Center for Coatings and Laser Applications - Provides

innovative, applied research and development services, specializing in

the area of advanced coating technology.

- Neogen Corporation - Develops and markets products and services

dedicated to food and animal safety.

- MBI International - Focuses on development, scale-up and

commercialization of bio-based technologies for Michigan innovators.

- Rapid BioSense - Develops, manufacturers and markets a highly sensitive,

specific, easy-to-use and cost effective device for detecting bacterial

contamination in human clinical, veterinary and industrial applications.

- Symmetry Jet - Provides implants and related instruments and cases to

the orthopedic device industry, and designs, develops and produces these

products for companies in other segments of the medical device market.

"We are delighted to be able to offer tours of this group of high quality life sciences companies in various sectors of the industry," said Stephen Rapundalo, Ph.D., MichBio executive director. "Additionally, the tours have been arranged to allow our attendees flexibility to match their visits with their interests and time availability."

Other Expo events at the Lansing Center on Day 1 include a Life Sciences Jobs Fair from 1-4:30 p.m., and two concurrent sessions from 1-5 p.m. sponsored by the Michigan Life Sciences Pipeline: the Governor's on Biosciences Commercialization & Innovation and a Manufacturers Forum tailored for manufacturers interested in diversifying into the medical devices market. The Expo Opening Reception follows in the Exhibit and Innovation Hall at 5 p.m.

In other Expo news, the deadline for applications for the Innovator Showcase has been extended to September 21. The Innovator Showcase will enable 12 new venture companies to exhibit their new products/technologies in the Exhibit Hall during the Opening Reception on Day 1 and during lunch on Day 2 of the Expo. The Innovator Showcase application and full Expo details and registration information can be found on the MichBio Expo website at

MichBio is committed to building Michigan's life science industry into a growth engine that will drive a revitalized economy. Its members are life sciences companies, academic and research institutions, bioscience service providers, and related organizations. MichBio is dedicated to fostering their collective impact by connecting its members with the essential resources, including goods, services, educational and networking programs, legislative representation, and partners that facilitate success. The MichBio Expo is the premier annual life science gathering in Michigan.

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