ANN ARBOR — The program for MichBio’s annual expo and conference, scheduled for Oct. 29 and 30, will celebrate the event’s 25th birthday.
The first day of the event will offer an in-depth look at how the industry has changed in the last quarter century, including presentations from established, little-known, and emerging companies. Day two will lay the groundwork for the future with sessions on investments, talent and leadership, research and commercialization, and technology that will shape the industry for decades.
“Attendees will hear from seasoned executives and industry experts about how they’ve navigated the changing bio-sciences environment in Michigan,” said MichiBio President and CEO Stephen Rapundalo. “We know that the industry is evolving rapidly and any insight we can give about where we’ve been will better prepare us for the future.”
The first day will conclude with the inaugural presentation of the Michigan Bioscience Pantheon awards to 10 industry giants who have shaped the community and laid the groundwork for many organizations and innovations.
“After that broad look at the industry, attendees have options of focused sessions on capital investments, emerging trends and technologies that will shape the markets, strategic decision-making during the research and commercialization processes that will drive long-term growth, managing the talent that will take the industry to the next level, among others,” Rapundalo said.
Between the sessions, and at networking events, including a Halloween-themed reception, attendees will have opportunities to meet with speakers, talk with their peers, visit the exhibit floor, and make the connections and relationships that will continue to grow the Michigan bio-industry.
“The event will conclude with a session from a patient advocate that will help to unify the different industry sectors in their shared mission of improving the longevity and quality of life of people, and animals, in Michigan and around the world,” Rapundalo said.
The event is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. as well as numerous corporate and industry partners.
For the full event program, exhibitor and sponsor information, or to register, visit michbio.org/EXPO2018.
The event will be held at the Ann Arbor Marriott Hotel at Eagle Crest (1275 S. Huron St. Ypsilanti).
MichBio is the trade association committed to driving growth in Michigan’s biosciences industry and its many sectors, including agri-biotech, food and nutrition, bio-based technologies and renewable chemicals, industrial and environmental biotech, medical devices and technologies, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare, diagnostics and research products, testing and research services, and clinical research. For more information, visit www.michbio.org.