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Michigan Bio-Industry Growth Summit

Join leaders from the bio-industry, academia, and policy realms to discuss how to best unleash Michigan’s biosciences R&D and manufacturing potential to stimulate economic growth.

When: February 3, 2016
1:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
111 N. Grand Avenue
Lansing, Michigan  48933
United States
Contact: Dave McGuire

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Michigan Bio-Industry Growth Summit: Roadmap for Success
A signature MichBio event 
Join leaders from the bio-industry, academia, and policy realms to discuss how to best unleash Michigan’s biosciences R&D and manufacturing potential to stimulate economic growth.

We will discuss the details of a forward-looking strategy for building a strong, statewide biosciences cluster and what’s needed across key sectors and specialty market areas.

Come participate in a robust discussion on leveraging our strengths and opportunities – as well as best practices – to enhance competitiveness and develop Michigan into a preeminent biosciences leader!

Kevin Lobo
Stryker Corporation
Roger Newton
Esperion Therapeutics




1:00 p.m.



Stephen Rapundalo, PhD

President and CEO, MichBio


1:05 p.m.

Winning as a Bio Industry: Best Practices for Michigan's Competitiveness

A call to action! Michigan must do more to win in today’s competitive global biosciences marketplace. Hear national bio-industry leaders talk about best practices that we can learn from.


Roger Newton, PhD

Executive Chairman and CSO, Esperion Therapeutics



Mark Leahey, CEO
Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA)


Liz Powell, Esq. MPH, Principal
G2G Consulting


1:45 p.m.

Bio-Industry Growth for a New Michigan Economy

What’s the vision for growing Michigan’s economy? How can the biosciences become a central and visible priority of state’s economic development strategy and send a signal that Michigan is serious about being a bioscience leader?


Tom Henderson
Finance and Technology Reporter, Crain's Detroit Business


Hon. Brian Calley

Lt. Governor, State of Michigan

2:15 p.m.

Made in Michigan: Great Science to Commercial Success

Michigan bio-industry entrepreneurs will discuss how they turned great science into productive business ventures and positive commercial outcomes, and what must be done to drive more “bio-success."

Jeff Mason
Executive Director,
University Research Corridor

Robert Kennedy, PhD
Vestaron Corporation

Mina Sooch
Gemphire Therapeutics

Mark Fochette
CEO, Delphinus Medical Technologies

Julia Owens, PhD
CEO, Millendo Therapeutics

3:15 p.m.


3:00 p.m.

A Business Agenda to Drive the Bioscience Economy

A new agenda for growing Michigan’s biosciences economy must be a pro-bio-industry agenda. Learn from leading executives on what matters to them and encourages their confidence and further investment.

Doug Rothwell
President and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan

Dino Muzzin

Vice President and Lansing Site Head, Emergent BioSolutions

Kevin Lobo

President and CEO, Stryker Corporation

Todd Kingma
Chief Counsel, Perrigo Company

 4:00 p.m.

Building Michigan into a Biosciences Leader: The Roadmap

A definitive game plan for action and winning! A statewide effort identifies key opportunities and priorities, and how we should leverage Michigan’s unique assets and strengths to grow the state’s bio-industry.

Stephen Rapundalo, PhD

President and CEO, MichBio

4:20 p.m. 

Shaping Policy to Support Michigan’s Bio-Industry: Biosciences Legislative Caucus
Policy plays a critical role in enabling a competitive business environment. Hear decision makers outline their thoughts on what it will take to develop a winning strategy for Michigan’s bio-industry.

Michael Jandernoa
Director, Perrigo

Hon. Tonya Schuitmaker
Michigan State Senator

Hon. Rebekah Warren
Michigan State Senator

Hon. Sam Singh
Michigan State Representative

Hon. Jim Tedder 
Michigan State Representative


4:50 p.m. 

Why Michigan Can Win
Hear how Michigan can succeed and how you can be part of a renaissance in Michigan’s bio-industry.

Roger Newton, PhD

Executive Chairman and CSO, Esperion Therapeutics


5:00 p.m. 

Networking Reception





MichBio member  $99 
Non-member $149 


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Online registration will close at midnight on December 6; onsite registration will be available on December 8.





Sponsorship opportunities for the Growth Summit are available; download the prospectus here.

Creating Value
by delivering business-critical resources & bottom line savings
Building Networks
by connecting Michigan's bio-industry one member at a time
Growing Talent
by creating opportunities that develop people & build organizations
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