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Lambert, Edwards & Associates Named Agency of Record for The West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative

Monday, March 17, 2008 General News J E 4
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 17 Lambert, Edwards &Associates (LE&A) today announced it has added the West Michigan Science &Technology Initiative (WMSTI) to its growing list of health care clients.

Based in Grand Rapids, LE&A is West Michigan's top-ranked public relationsagency and the state's largest investor relations firm. The firm will providepublic relations services and related strategic counsel to WMSTI.

"The life science industry is growing at a rapid rate and we were lookingfor a partner to help us further our efforts in commercialization of newproducts West Michigan," said Linda Chamberlain, executive director of WMSTI."The LE&A team has a proven track record and critical knowledge of the lifescience landscape. We are looking forward to working with them."

LE&A's other health care clients include the Center for MolecularMedicine, Spectrum Health, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, FinCor Holdings,the Risk Management and Patient Safety Institute and United AmericanHealthcare Corporation.

About the West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative

The West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative is a partnership amongthe Right Place, Inc., Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Valley StateUniversity, the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Community College,Spectrum Health, Saint Mary's Health Care and Mary Free Bed RehabilitationHospital. Its mission is to create an environment that sparks innovation andsupports the commercialization of science and technology. Since its inception,the Initiative has assisted more than 70 plus clients in commercialization ofnew products, including funding through receipt of more than $7M in federaland state grant awards. The Initiative has also supported projects to build astrong base of intellectual property in west Michigan, as well as the creationof businesses, such as ClinXus(TM) and Grand River Aseptic PharmaceuticalPackaging that build regional life sciences commercialization infrastructure.

About Lambert, Edwards & Associates

Lambert, Edwards & Associates (www.lambert-edwards.com) is one of theMidwest's leading public relations and investor relations firms, serving morethan 80 clients in 19 states. LE&A works extensively with middle-marketcompanies and national brands in three primary practice areas: Consumer,Business & Financial Communications, and Healthcare & Technology. LE&A hasposted nine consecutive years of growth and earned national recognition fromits peers, including three Silver Anvil awards -- the profession's highesthonor -- in the last two years.

SOURCE Lambert, Edwards & Associates
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