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MichBio Expo Opens in Lansing Next Week

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan's life science industry professionals, investors and service providers will gather in Lansing next week to discuss the issues affecting sector growth in the state and learn about new technologies, trends and strategies for building the industry into an engine driving an economic resurgence. The MichBio Expo is planned for October 16-17 at the Lansing Center in the state's capital. The two day-event features a wide variety of activities covering a broad spectrum of life sciences topics:

October 16 Program Highlights:

High School Student Career Day: Sponsored by MichBio and hosted by Michigan State University, this free event introduces high school juniors and seniors from around the state to educational and career opportunities in the life sciences. It will feature break-out sessions led by MSU faculty and life sciences company representatives in the areas of Medical Devices/Bioengineering, Investigative Laboratory Sciences, Biosystems/GIS & GPS, Global Warming & Environmental Sustainability, and Animal Health. The sessions are followed by lunch at the MSU Union and tours of MSU campus research facilities, including the Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Center for Advanced Microscopy, Structural Fire Testing Laboratory, Radiology, and Research Technology Support Facility. (8:15 am - 12:30 pm)

Lansing-Area Life Science Facilities Tours: Guided tours, from 9am - 3pm, of seven area companies including:

* 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, manufactures 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.

Guests need to start at the Lansing Center to receive tour credentials and maps before setting out for tours. ( for schedule.)

Michigan Life Sciences Pipeline-Sponsored Events: Two concurrent events from 1-5 pm will focus attention on how the life sciences industry can grow in Michigan.

* Governor's Roundtable on Commercialization & Innovation in the Life Sciences

This discussion could set the direction of life sciences growth in

Michigan for years to come. A blue-ribbon panel of seasoned

industry, entrepreneurial, investment, business, and technology

experts will address relevant topics including research incentives,

technology transfer, capital formation, industry infrastructure,

business climate (tax and legal policies) and education/workforce

development. These are the people who know what it will take to

succeed, what goals should be set, and what actions must be taken by

the decision makers to achieve these goals.

* Manufacturers Forum

A how-to guide to becoming part of the medical device supply chain.

A panel of purchasing representatives and industry experts will

present strategies for manufacturers looking to diversify into this

growing industry as well as those seeking new channels for their

products and services.

* Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall: From 5-7 pm, attendees will

gather in the Exhibit Hall for a Michigan flavored Expo reception

featuring a Michigan-themed menu and Michigan beer and wines. Over 60

life science companies, service providers and more will display their

wares. ( for a list of exhibitors). In

addition, five emerging companies will exhibit their new technologies

and products in a special Innovator Showcase section of the Exhibit


October 17 Program Highlights:

Early-Bird Session on Communicating with the Media and Investors

(7:30-8:30 am)

* Welcoming Session:

Brief welcomes by Stephen T. Rapundalo, Ph.D., MichBio Executive

Director, Virg Bernero, Lansing Mayor, and Samir Singh, East Lansing

Mayor, followed by keynote presentations by Lou Anna K. Simon,

Ph.D., president of Michigan State University and James Greenwood,

president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

(8:30-9:30 am)

* Legislative Reform: An overview of the issues Congress has already or

is considering that affect the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical

device industry. (9:30-10:30 am)

* Concurrent Tracks on Research and Development, Medical Affairs and

Markets, Bio-Agricultural and Industrial Biotech and Emerging Business

topics. (10:45 am - 3:45pm)

* College Program: An afternoon session for college students with a panel

of advisors, representing academia, large corporations and emerging life

science companies covering the range of possibilities for post-graduate

life. Speakers from Kelly Services, Asterand and University of Michigan

on Professional Science Master's degrees, Stryker, Perrigo and Xoran

Technologies. (12-3:45 pm)

* Future Trends and Technologies: Hot Topics: Experts will address

"Trends in Nanotechnology," the "Future of Cell Therapies," and

"Translating Innovation into Commercial Ventures."

Information and registration is at

MichBio is the statewide trade association 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.

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