Statewide Bio-Industry Strategic Planning Effort Launched
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
MichBio has launched a statewide effort, the Michigan Bio-Industry Roadmap 2015, to develop a five-year strategic plan for growing Michigan’s biosciences industry. The initiative is being conducted in partnership with the Business Leaders for Michigan and the University Research Corridor.
Michigan’s bio-industry is at a critical point given the rapidly changing dynamics in the healthcare delivery marketplace, regulatory landscape, and global economy. For the state’s bioscience research, development, and manufacturing enterprise to have future success, a shared and executable vision is required.
A number of bio-industry plans, assessments, and reports have been developed over the last 10-15 years at the local, regional, and state levels. The last substantive statewide strategic plan harkens back to 2004.
Thus, Michigan’s bio-industry requires an operational “game plan” to enable its growth over the next three to five years. In particular, clarity is needed around key strategies with defined goals, expectations, actions, and metrics. Further, it needs a specific focus on core components such as but not limited to innovation and technology transfer, entrepreneurship and commercialization, economic development and industry promotion, business and regulatory policies, investment and capital formation, and education and talent development.
The roadmapping effort is being overseen by an Executive Steering Committee with industry experts from around Michigan:
- Linda Chamberlain, PhD: Venture Fellow, Michigan Accelerator Fund 1, Grand Rapids
- Rob DeWit, PhD: Director, Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, Kalamazoo
- Andrea Dickson: President and CEO, ENT Biotech Solutions, Detroit
- Michael Hagen: Chair, Ash Stevens, Detroit
- Dean Knuth: Director, Jasper Clinic/MPI Research, Kalamazoo
- Jeffrey Mason: Director, University Research Corridor, East Lansing
- Ken Massey, PhD: Venture Director, Wayne State University Office of Technology Commercialization, Detroit
- Fred Molnar: Michigan Life Sciences Innovation Center, Plymouth
Michael Kruczek, Life Sciences Practice Leader at Data Consulting Group in Detroit, serves as the project manager/facilitator.
Outreach to bio-industry stakeholders is planned in the form of interviews, focus groups, surveys. Data gathered will validate key strategic themes and areas, identify new unmet needs and growth opportunities, and help develop policy proposals for legislative action. Various workgroups have formed or will be constituted to support the Steering Committee in developing the strategic plan. The final report will include performance measures and responsible parties for delivering outcomes. Annual assessments on progress are planned as follow up.
Anyone interested in being part of the Michigan Bio-Industry Roadmap 2015 effort should contact Stephen Rapundalo at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.