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President and CEO of Velcura Therapeutics Inc. Named the 2008 Grant Thornton Leader and Innovator of the Year
Date:5/9/2008

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Michael W. Long recently was named the third-annual Grant Thornton Leader and Innovator of the Year. The "Leader & Innovator" award recognizes and rewards leaders and innovators in the state of Michigan who have demonstrated or created unique ideas, products or abilities that generate a better quality of life in our communities. Nominees were recognized this month at a ceremony at Lawrence Technological University for their proven, successful leadership of Michigan companies, community organizations and enterprises.

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"The importance of these men and women to Michigan's future cannot be overestimated," Lewis N. Walker, Lawrence Tech president, said about the 44 nominees. "These profilees and their innovative accomplishments prove that our state continues to be a global source of technological and societal advancement. We are delighted to join with our partners WWJ and Grant Thornton LLP to help recognize the successes of this remarkable group."

"Grant Thornton LLP believes the strength of Michigan is dependent on people in communities across the state that show their leadership through innovation, perseverance and professionalism - traits found in all the nominees," said Paul Wolber, managing partner at Grant Thornton LLP. "For these reasons we are blessed to be able to publicly recognize all their efforts and hard work, and we especially congratulate Dr. Long for being selected the Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the Year."

In accepting the award, Dr. Long noted that the State has done a lot to foster and support Innovation and that Michigan has some of the best colleges and universities in the nation, but stressed that more must be done to encourage students to stay here after they graduate.

Dr. Long received his undergraduate degree in
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