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Michigan Economic Development Corporation Leads Michigan Delegation to the BIO 2002 Conference in Toronto

Friday, June 07, 2002

Jennifer Kopp
(517) 335-4590

Showcase of 25 Organizations to Promote Michigan’s Biotech Prowess

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will join with a delegation of up to 75 Michigan representatives from 25 organizations to exhibit at the BIO 2002 Conference and Exhibition in Toronto, taking place June 9-12, 2002. The delegation will include Michigan businesses, economic development organizations and academic institutions from throughout the state.

“This impressive gathering of life sciences leaders proves that our unified state is a force to be reckoned with,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Michigan’s strong presence at BIO 2002 will show to an international audience that Michigan is an emerging leader in the biotech world and will further the Life Sciences Corridor Initiative.”

The MEDC’s 20 x 60 foot booth will feature separate business and cafeteria areas. The business area will feature displays from the attending Michigan companies.

The Michigan delegation will also host a media reception on Sunday, June 9 from 6-7p.m. The reception will be held in the Dockside One meeting room in the Westin Harbour Castle, One Harbour Square, Toronto.

The 16th annual BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) event will likely be the world’s largest international biotechnology conference and is expected to attract approximately 14,000 attendees featuring over 100 workshops on topics such as drug development, food and agriculture, regulatory processes and bioethics.More than 150 sessions will take place as well as six plenary events with 800 speakers covering 18 different program tracks.

A unique feature of the conference is the “Business Forum” which will offer the opportunity for approximately 230 companies to describe their technologies, products and business plans during 15-minute presentations. This forum will allow investors and pharmaceutical executives to evaluate early stage companies with promising technologies.

BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other nations. For more information on the BIO organization or upcoming conference, please visit BIO2002.org

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.

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