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Life Sciences Corridor Requests Detailed Plans

Thursday, February 07, 2002

Jennifer Kopp
(517) 335-4590

Organizations Behind 111 Pre-Proposals Invited to Submit Full Proposals

Organizations Behind 111 Pre-Proposals Invited to Submit Full Proposals

The Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Steering Committee announced today that applicants who submitted 111 pre-proposals requesting more than $200 million in funding from the 2002 Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Fund have been invited to submit full proposals.This list has been pared down from the initial 297 pre-proposals requesting more than $380 million in Corridor funds.

This year, the Life Sciences Steering Committee expects to award about $45 million in funds to support projects in basic research, applied research and commercialization.

“The field has been narrowed.The quality of pre-proposals submitted was extremely high and so the competition for funding remains fierce,” said Doug Rothwell, chairman of the Michigan Life Sciences Steering Committee.“These proposals represent some of Michigan’s most exciting and innovative life sciences ideas.”

The 297 pre-proposals were reviewed by more than 50 experts recruited by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).The AAAS publishes Science magazine and with 135,000 members is the world’s largest association of scientists and engineers.

The applicants receiving invitations to submit full proposals must respond by March 28, 2002.These full proposals will then undergo a rigorous screening process that includes three in-depth expert panel member reviews organized by AAAS.

The state of Michigan has committed $1 billion over 20 years from its tobacco settlement money to energize the life sciences industry here, particularly in what is known as the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor (MLSC).The corridor extends roughly from Detroit to Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, including the cities of Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Kalamazoo. Three major public research universities and the Van Andel Institute are specifically included in the Corridor.

The complete list of recommended pre-proposals can be viewed in the Business Services section of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) website. CLICK HERE

The MEDC, which administers the Life Sciences Corridor initiative, is a partnership between the state and local communities.The MEDC promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.

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