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Michigan to Host High-Tech Conference

Monday, August 20, 2001

Jennifer Kopp
(517) 335-4590

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Lands International Meeting of Microsystems Specialists

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) today announced that Michigan has been chosen to host the 2002 “Commercialization of Microsystems” (COMS) event, an international meeting of microsystems and nanotechnology professionals.The conference will be held September 9-12, 2002, at the Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

“Michigan is positioning itself as a leader in the emerging field of applied microtechnology,” said Doug Rothwell, president & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Our proposal for this conference highlighted the fact that we have public research universities working with numerous companies in this high-tech sector, with very promising results.We are thankful that the organizers recognize our leadership and have decided to bring their annual meeting to Michigan.”

The conference will be the premier international event for the discussion of issues relating to the introduction and commercialization of microsystems into all classes of business.Microsystems combine optical, fluidic, mechanical and electronic functions in devices with micron-sized features.Such devices have important applications in many businesses, including medicine, transportation and manufacturing.

Several factors tipped the scales in favor of Michigan that was in competition with Florida and New York to attract the event.Michigan has completed the nation’s first Wireless Integrated Microsystems Engineering Research Center recognized by the National Science Foundation.The center is a partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University.Michigan is also home to a number of key microsystems companies.

The 2002 “Commercialization of Microsystems” event is organized by the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation.More than 500 people are expected to attend, most of who are microsystems researchers and business experts.The four-day event will include panel discussions and presentations about how universities, companies and regional economies are working to commercialize microsystems technology.

This year’s COMS conference will be held September 2-6 at Keeble College in Oxford, United Kingdom.

“We are pleased that Michigan is hosting the 2002 International Conference for the Commercialization of Micro and Nano Technology,” said Steve Walsh, president of the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation.“Maximizing the promise of the Micro and Nano technologies is the key to job and wealth creation in regional, national and global economies. This conference is dedicated to examining the promise and the problems encountered in this process of commercialization.The 2002 conference is certain to be an exceptional experience in a picturesque setting at the Eagle Crest Resort."

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.