Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Expected to Address Life Sciences Role in Tri-Corridor Plan
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm will be the morning speaker at the second annual Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Conference on April 8 at the Novi Hilton.The conference is expected to draw several hundred academics, industry leaders, venture capitalists and economic development specialists.
“Michigan's life sciences industry is vital, both to the health of Michigan residents and to the health of our economy," Granholm said. "I look forward to meeting with conference attendees and sharing my vision for furthering the success of the Life Sciences Corridor through my Technology Tri-Corridor plan."
In Granholm’s recent budget presentation, she proposed creating a $20 million Technology Tri-Corridor fund focusing on the life sciences, emerging automotive technologies and homeland security.The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which has been a driving force behind the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor, will assist the Governor in implementing the Technology Tri-Corridor plan.
Since the creation of the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor initiative, at least 40 new life sciences companies have started in or moved to Michigan.Nearly all of those companies benefited from either Michigan Life Sciences Corridor (MLSC) funding or MLSC-sponsored business development services.
The Life Sciences Conference also will feature keynote speaker Richard Seline, a national expert on high-tech industry cluster formation.The conference will feature afternoon breakout sessions covering research, funding, services and overseas investment.
In addition to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s sponsorship, Eurasanté, a French development organization, and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) are both sponsors of the conference.The organizations are eager to invest in promising Michigan life sciences companies.
Conference details, program and registration information are available on the MEDC Web site at www.michigan.org/lifesciences.