More Than 70 Michigan Representatives to Attend Biotechnology Exposition
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that a team of more than 70 representatives from Michigan businesses, universities, institutions and economic development groups will exhibit at the sold out BIO2001 International Convention and Exhibition, the world’s largest biotechnology exposition. This diverse group will represent the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor, the State of Michigan and their own organizations at the upcoming San Diego event beginning Sunday, June 24.
“The Michigan Life Sciences Corridor seeks to build enthusiasm for and further develop Michigan’s life sciences industry.Being so well represented at BIO2001 is proof that our state already has an impressive life sciences contingent willing to travel across the country to spread the word about Michigan’s burgeoning life sciences industry,” said Doug Rothwell, chairman of the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Steering Committee.
Activities surrounding the exposition include a panel discussion by several Michigan representatives on workforce issues titled “Building a Workforce for a Biotech Future.”This discussion will involve prominent Michigan business leaders sharing their experiences relating to hiring and retaining high-tech employees.
Members of the Michigan delegation will also be giving individualized presentations at the Michigan booth allowing interested attendees the opportunity to learn about the state’s growing life sciences industry.
Mary Campbell, one of the panelists, and general partner of EDF Ventures said, “This event is an important step in sharing Michigan's message. Michigan's representation will display its strengths, not only in life sciences, but also in the key components of the infrastructure that are critical to bring technology to the market."
BIO represents more than 950 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biology centers and related organizations in all 50 states and 33 other nations.BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
Michigan is a national life sciences leader, with a life sciences workforce that ranks eleventh nationally and sales that are ranked tenth in the nation.The state is home to the University of Michigan, the nation’s leading university for research and development expenditures over the past eight years.To further grow Michigan’s life sciences presence, $1 billion over the next 20 years from the state’s portion of the tobacco settlement has been dedicated to creating Michigan’s Life Sciences Corridor.
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.