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West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative Seeks Exhibitors for Annual Life Science Showcase

A Night at the Museum to be held April 17, 2008

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative (WMSTI) is accepting exhibitor applications from life science companies for the fourth annual Life Science Business Showcase, Night at the Museum, to be held Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Night at the Museum is seeking regional exhibitors from across the life science spectrum, ranging from up-and-coming startups in pharma research to established manufacturers of specialty medical devices. WMSTI's annual event will be held at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in downtown Grand Rapids and provides life science companies the opportunity to display their work to a targeted audience of key business leaders from across Michigan. Last year's Showcase drew more than 500 attendees and included over 50 exhibitors.

"We have a limited number of exhibitor opportunities remaining and are urging interested companies to secure their spots as soon as possible. It has been a very active year for the life science community across West Michigan, and WMSTI's annual showcase gives organizations a unique opportunity to highlight their progress," said Linda Chamberlain, executive director of WMSTI. "WMSTI and its partners are very proud of the event's established reputation as the premiere gathering of community leaders and life science innovators."

Night at the Museum event sponsors are Autocam Medical, Axios Incorporated, Inrad, MEDC, Michigan Radio, MSU College of Human Medicine, Rose Technologies, Saint Mary's Health Care, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Spectrum Health, Van Andel Institute, Warner Norcross & Judd and WZZM 13.

Companies interested in exhibiting at the Life Science Business Showcase should visit for more information. The fee to exhibit is $350 and includes exhibit space, two tickets to the event, a website listing, program listing, and additional promotional opportunities. The deadline to register is March 27th, 2008.

About West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative

The West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative is a partnership between the Right Place, Inc., Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Valley State University, the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Community College, Spectrum Health, Saint Mary's Health Care and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Its mission is to grow and diversify the community economy by creating an environment that inspires innovation and supports the commercialization of science and technology. Since its inception, the Initiative has assisted more than 70+ clients in commercialization of new products, including funding through receipt of over $7M in federal and state grant awards. The Initiative has also supported projects and the creation of businesses, such as ClinXus(TM) and Grand River Aseptic Pharmaceutical Packaging that build regional life sciences commercialization infrastructure.

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