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May 2014
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On the Road
Stephen Rapundalo, PhD 
President & CEO, MichBio

It's a shorter turnaround time since my last report as we get back to our regular publication schedule. But it's been a busy and exciting few weeks. 
 
A BioArbor event focused on "Corporate Investors as Key Players in the Life Science Funding Ecosystem" closed out April and featured Brian Gallagher, Ph.D. from SR One Ventures (the corporate venture arm of GlaxoSmithKline). [Read more]

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Sponsors MichBio U Series
 
MichBio is pleased to announce the support of Bank of America Merrill Lynch as exclusive partner for the MichBio U educational series. The generous underwriting comes via the Grand Rapids-based Global Commercial Banking-Healthcare group, headed up by Senior Vice President, Richard G. Harte. [Read more]
 
CEO Leaders' Club Announces AlixPartners as Sponsor

The CEO Leaders' Club is pleased to recognize AlixPartners as the series' sole sponsor. The generous support will help ensure that the Club series continues to feature the nation's leading bio-industry executives in a small group format for the benefit of MichBio's member organizations and their C-level executives. [Read more]
 
MedImmune to Sponsor 2nd Annual MichBio Capitol Day

The MichBio Capitol Day is scheduled for June 3 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Lansing. A dozen or so MichBio member companies and organizations will showcase their products, technologies, and services to legislators and staff. The event is generously supported by MedImmune. A few spaces remain open, contact David McGuire at 734.527.9150 or david@michbio.org to participate in this event! [Read more] 
MichBio Launches New Website
The new site was designed with all MichBio audiences in mind: members, bioscience industry professionals, policymakers, and general public. It is more graphically based to provide a visually pleasing experience. Site visitors can readily locate information they seek as well as discover additional educational materials. Visit today: www.michbio.org!

Legal Column 
Inter Partes Review: An Alternative to Patent Litigation in Federal Court
James F. Kamp and Jonathan P. O'Brien
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
 
"I can't believe they got a patent on that!" If that resonates with you, and the issue of the patent's enforceability is important to you or your business, the America Invents Act (AIA) provides an alternative method to challenge such a patent outside of a federal court lawsuit. [Read more]
Regulatory Column
April Showers Bring Sterilization Standards Flowers
Ralph J. Basile, Healthmark Industries

As it turns out, April was the month of sterilization standards meetings, both domestically and internationally. The month began with ISO/TC 198 meeting down under in Sydney, Australia. 11 days after the completion of those meetings, the AAMI Sterilization Standards Committee met in Baltimore. I had the good fortune to attend both meetings. Someone pointed out that it was to be two famous harbors in less than 2 weeks. Both harbors are fun places to visit, but for some reason, I was more excited at the opportunity to visit Sydney Harbor. [Read more]

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