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Technology Tri-Corridor Steering Committee Approves WMU Biosciences Center

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Jennifer Owens
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Committee’s First Meeting Also Sets Stage for FY04 Funding

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that the Technology Tri-Corridor steering committee, at its first meeting yesterday afternoon, approved a plan for the new Western Michigan University Biosciences Research and Commercialization. The committee also approved funding guidelines for the 2004 Technology Tri-Corridor project.

The Tri-Corridor was created by Granholm to expand on the success of the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor initiative by targeting two other high-growth industries: homeland security and advanced automotive technologies. The 19-member steering committee will chart the strategic direction of the Tri-Corridor, seeking out the best research and commercialization ventures in the three sectors through a competitive funding process.

“The Technology Tri-Corridor steering committee will provide guidance in the development of high-tech ventures to position the state as a global leader in life sciences, homeland security and advanced automotive technology,” Granholm said. “The Tri-Corridor brings together the best of state, university and private resources to further grow these three key industries and create exciting new job opportunities in Michigan.”

Granholm cited the federal Department of Homeland Security’s $918 million commitment for research, development and deployment of innovative technologies as an example of new opportunities emerging for companies involved in homeland security applications.

The first steering committee order of business was to review a plan submitted for the Western Michigan University Biosciences Research and Commercialization. After the American Association for the Advancement of Science presented its review and positive recommendation for the Center, the steering committee unanimously approved the plan.

The mission of the new biosciences center, located at the Business Technology Research Park Kalamazoo is to complement discovery-oriented life sciences research conducted at the state’s public universities and the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids. The Center will contract pharmaceutical development services as well as create a start-up/gap funding and resource service for high-potential bioscience start-up companies.

The committee also approved the Technology Tri-Corridor program Request For Proposals (RFP) for FY04 funding. Proposals will be submitted through an on-line application system. Awards will be granted in the areas of basic research, applied research and commercialization. Eligible applicants include Michigan universities, non-profit research institutions, for profit and non-profit companies and individuals.

Funding for all three categories will be based on a competitive, independent peer review-based process. Full proposals will be due in February 2004, with award recommendations and approvals expected in June 2004.

Steering committee members represent the life sciences, homeland security and advanced automotive industries. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is charged with administering the Technology Tri-Corridor program.

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.

Technology Tri-Corridor steering committee members:

  • Dr. David Canter (Chair), senior vice president, Pfizer Global Research & Development
  • Kenneth R. Baker, president and CEO, Altarum
  • Mary Campbell, general partner, EDF Ventures
  • Dr. Judith Bailey, president, WesternMichiganUniversity
  • John Brown, president and CEO, Stryker Corp.
  • Dr. David Cole, chairman, Center for Automotive Research
  • Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president, The University of Michigan
  • Carlo P. Ginotti, Carlo P. Ginotti, P.C.
  • Donald Jakeway, president and CEO, MEDC
  • Brian Ellis, president, Brooktree Capital Management
  • David Hollister, director, Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services
  • Michael Jandernoa, former chairman, Perrigo Company
  • Paul Massaron, PEM Consulting
  • Dr. Irvin D. Reid, president, WayneStateUniversity
  • Richard Sloan, managing director, Sloan Ventures, LLC
  • Peter McPherson, president, MichiganStateUniversity
  • Jay B. Rising, MichiganState Treasurer
  • David L. Van Andel, chairman and CEO, Van Andel Institute
  • Dennis Wend, executive director, NationalAutomotiveCenter

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