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MichBio Conference and Expo Back for 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kate Oesterle
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Including Appearances by: Jeff Elton, PhD, Managing Director of Accenture Strategy, and Alec Melkonian, SVP, Client Engagement, Klick Health


ANN ARBOR, Mich --MichBio, the association for Michigan’s biosciences industry, will welcome hundreds of bioscience researchers, manufacturers, executives and service providers to its 2016 MichBio Conference and Expo on September 28, 2016.


Now in its 11th year, the Conference & Expo will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The event is the largest gathering of bioscience industry professionals.

"Although the past Expos have been great successes and featured prominent speakers, we are excited to announce a new format for this year’s event,” said Stephen Rapundalo, President and CEO of MichBio. “We’re switching to a single-day format with provocative general sessions and in-depth breakout tracks that will provide valuable information for everyone who attends, as well as a superb opportunity for networking.”

The theme for this full-day event is, “Connecting Technology, Health & Well-Being,” featuring special keynote speaker, Jeff Elton, PhD, Managing Director of Accenture Strategy and Global Lead of Predictive Health Intelligence. Jeff co-authored the recently released “Healthcare Disrupted: Next Generation Business Models and Strategies.” The book is a call-to-action for bioscience companies on what it will take to develop the next generation of therapeutics, diagnostics and devices to meet the changing demands of the healthcare landscape.

Also, Alec Melkonian, Senior Vice President of Klick Health, will provide an exciting perspective on the “Top Ten Trends in Digital Health” and what that revolution means for early-stage to mid-stage bioscience companies. Klick Health is the world’s largest independent digital health agency and is based in Toronto, Canada, and is an award-winning thought leader practice.

The Conference and Expo will focus on healthcare delivery, technology connectivity and more. The morning general session will feature healthcare providers and payers discussing the changing healthcare delivery paradigm, how technology is being integrated to improve patient outcomes and experience, and their expectations of innovators to develop new products. A second session will focus on today’s capital markets, from early-stage to mid-market, and what that means for company growth, mergers and acquisitions, and overall bio-industry growth, not only in Michigan, but globally.

“We always strive to feature not only conversations about today’s hot topics, but also tomorrow’s opportunities, all brought by the highest caliber of speakers, many of which are prominent leaders in their respective fields,” said Rapundalo. “Year over year, attendees have said that MichBio brings the best in quality and substance to its annual conference. We want to keep that tradition intact and encourage our bioscience community and others to join us for another exciting program.”

Attendees will hear directly from Michigan-based leaders and senior executives in the “C-Suite Insights” session on the state of bio-industry and their views on doing business in a global bioscience economy.

The event will also include bio-business growth and digital health tracks in the afternoon with sessions on:

  • Pricing Wars: Value-Based Innovation for Better Health - The debate about value-based medicine and how bioscience companies should evolve their product development and marketing to meet the expectations of patients, payers and providers.
  • Leadership Imperative: Diversifying the Biosciences C-Suite – how companies are trying to diversify their senior management ranks and why it makes good business sense.
  • Innovating for Patients, Building Companies for Consumers – what are biopharma and medical device companies doing to integrate digital health into their products to better connect with patients.
  • Digital Health Technology Showcase – four up-and-coming digital health companies based in Michigan will showcase their exciting and transformative technologies and products.

MichBio will once again offer a College Program for students and faculty. The session will feature a spectrum of industry professionals, from CEOs to technicians and HR to business development, who will talk about the current bio-industry environment in Michigan, opportunities for employment, skillset requirements for employer consideration, and much more, all as an interactive dialog.

The Good to Great and Innovator of the Year awards will be announced at the Conference and MichBio is currently accepting nominations (due September 4). A Legislator of the Year award will also be presented.

The event agenda includes over four hours of designated networking opportunities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Innovation Exhibitor Hall where bioscience companies and service providers will be showcasing their products and services. Booth space is still available and details can be found HERE. Companies have the opportunity to raise their visibility to taking advantage of numerous sponsorship opportunities and details are available at

More details about the 2016 MichBio Conference & Expo will be posted on the event website as they become available:

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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