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MichBio Leader Cites New Senate Biosciences Task Force and House Subcommittee as Evidence of State's Growing Awareness of Industry's Economic Importance
Date:5/7/2009

state legislators co-chaired by Randy Richardville and Rep. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), with a common interest in supporting and growing the biosciences industry in Michigan.

"The growing interest by legislators in our industry is being translated into new attention for the Caucus. Indeed, we've planned a meet and learn program for about three dozen legislators on June 2 in Lansing," Rapundalo said. "We hope to educate the legislators about Michigan's bio-industry, and give them a town hall-format opportunity to hear from CEOs about the industry's issues, challenges and opportunities."

In addition to positive developments in legislative advocacy, Rapundalo pointed out that MichBio has achieved much in the areas of member services, communications and visibility despite a challenging business climate.

"MichBio understands that everyone is watching their bottom line and that companies need support and resources that can help with their daily operations," he said. "That's why we have placed a greater emphasis on developing our Preferred Provider Program. Simply put, those members who've taken advantage of our Providers save cold, hard cash - many times their annual membership fee."

MichBio's Preferred Providers offer members with access to services and/or discounts on products and services such as laboratory supplies, insurance, professional and scientific journals; media services; office supplies and furniture; computer and technology products and website development. During the meeting, Rapundalo announced the addition of four new providers: information and business research services through Nature and Windhover, lab gas supplies via Linde Gas, and financial and accounting services with Doeren Mayhew.

In the area of communications and visibility, Rapundalo noted that to bolster the state's efforts to promote its bioscience assets, infrastructure, talent, capabilities, techno
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