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Panelists Announced for 2007 Manufacturers Forum

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan Life Sciences Pipeline announced the panelists for its 2007 Manufacturers Forum being held on October 16 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI. The event is from 1-5 p.m. and will lead into the opening reception of the 2007 MichBio Expo, where forum attendees will be able to walk the Expo exhibit floor seeing and meeting a variety of life science companies.

Attendees will learn what traditional manufacturers need to do to become part of the medical device supply chain and the challenges they face in doing so. This will be a valuable session for companies looking to diversify into this growing industry as well as those seeking new channels for their products and services. The panel includes purchasing representatives and industry experts including:

Steve Bradley, Stryker Medical

Linda Chamberlain, West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative

Rob Hess, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Michael Kitchen, Atek

Rebecca Lehrmann, Accuri Cytometers

Robert Nesky, MicroMachine

Christophe Sevrain, CJPS Enterprises

Jim Smyth, Creative Technology Services

TBD, Beaumont Hospitals

"This event presents a unique opportunity for manufacturing companies to listen to and meet a diverse group of their potential customers in the medical device arena," said Pipeline Director, Steve Field.

Registration links can be found at

The Michigan Life Sciences Pipeline is funded by Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund to focus resources on commercializing life sciences activity in the state. Once complete, the Pipeline will help move companies along the development continuum more rapidly by providing access to training and education, funding resources, networking and partnering opportunities, talent and facilities, legal assistance, etc. An interactive Pipeline website will go live later this year.

Sponsors of this event include Oracle, Dykema, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Michigan Manufacturers Association, and Jackson Area Manufacturers Association.

Partnering with MichBio in the development of the Pipeline are: the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, CJPS Enterprises in Bloomfield Hills, Biosciences Research Commercialization Center in Kalamazoo, Biotechnology Business Consultants in Ann Arbor, the Core Technology Alliance (CTA), the state's SmartZones, and the Automotive Resources Institute.

SOURCE Michigan Life Sciences Pipeline
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