The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is joining with a number of state partners to exhibit at the BIO 2003 Conference and Exhibition in Washington D.C. this week. The MEDC’s presence will publicize Michigan’s growing life sciences industry to key decision makers, which in the past has influenced companies to locate or expand in the state.
“Michigan’s Life Sciences Corridor is growing rapidly, with new commercialization opportunities being created every day,” said Sabrina Keeley, acting CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Our presence at BIO 2003 brings together many Michigan partners to share this message with biotech professionals from across the country and around the world.”
Raili Kerppola, the MEDC’s Managing Director, Michigan Life Sciences Corridor, is leading an emerging company issues session called “Mega-Mergers, Mega-Opportunities” on June 25. The session will provide insights into how Michigan is actively engaged in pursuing new opportunities presented by Pfizer’s recent acquisition of Kalamazoo-based Pharmacia.
The BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) event is the world’s largest international biotechnology conference, with 15,000 biotech scientists and business leaders from 47 states and more than 50 nations attending. In the exhibit hall, 27 countries join an additional 1,200 exhibitors to fill 345,000 square feet of exhibit space.
The MEDC’s 20 x 20 foot booth features separate business and cyber café areas to attract conference attendees. The business area features displays from the attending Michigan organizations, while the cyber café provides computer workstations that allow visitors to check their e-mail during the conference.
In addition to the MEDC, the following Michigan organizations are represented at the MEDC exhibit:
· Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
· Washtenaw Development Council
· Southwest Michigan First
· The Right Place (Grand Rapids area economic development)
BIO 2003 also features 25 educational tracks with 940 speakers covering 199 sessions and symposiums on policy, business development, science and regulatory affairs and forums on bioethics, global health and patient advocacy.
BIO 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 the BIO 2003 conference, please visit www.bio.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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