Michigan’s Biosciences Industry Seeks Input For Its ‘Roadmap’

ANN ARBOR — MichBio, the state’s biosciences industry association, issued a call for online survey participation to help develop the Michigan Bio-Industry Roadmap 2015, a five-year strategic plan for growing Michigan’s biosciences industry.

This survey will help the steering committee, comprised of bio-industry experts from around the state, gain insights in five areas:

* Business Climate: state and regulatory policies, business incentives to support the industry
* Capital Access: grant or private/public funding programs to raise operational capital
* Education/Talent: curricula/training programs, talent development, workforce retention
* Industry Growth: economic development, marketing/branding/visibility, company recruitment/retention
* Innovation: tech transfer, commercialization, translational research, entrepreneurialism

Organizers are seeking perspectives from various sectors — agricultural and industrial biotech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, testing, medical laboratories, distribution and logistics firms — and market areas, including research organizations, manufacturing suppliers and clinical trial organizations.

Survey results will be anonymous, and will be combined with feedback from focus groups and one-on-one interviews to help produce the roadmap. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and will be open through March 31. A final report will be issued in late spring and shared with the biosciences community, policymakers and elected officials, and other stakeholders.

Those involved in the biosciences industry and willing to help, can take the survey at www.michbio.org/mi-bioscience-survey.

The Michigan Bio-Industry Roadmap 2015 is being conducted in partnership with Business Leaders for Michigan, the statewide CEO organization and successor to Detroit Renaissance, and the University Research Corridor, the university research promotion organization founded by Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.. Anyone interested in being part of the effort should contact Stephen Rapundalo at srapundalo@michbio.org.

MichBio members include bioscience companies, academic and clinical research institutions, bioscience service providers, and related organizations. For more information, visit www.michbio.org.

More about BLM at www.businessleadersformichigan.com, and more about the URC at www.urcmich.org.

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