West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative Seeks Exhibitors for Annual Life Science Showcase

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 General News
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 19 The West Michigan Science &Technology Initiative (WMSTI) is accepting exhibitor applications from lifescience companies for the fourth annual Life Science Business Showcase, Nightat the Museum, to be held Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Night at the Museum is seeking regional exhibitors from across the lifescience spectrum, ranging from up-and-coming startups in pharma research toestablished manufacturers of specialty medical devices. WMSTI's annual eventwill be held at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in downtownGrand Rapids and provides life science companies the opportunity to displaytheir work to a targeted audience of key business leaders from acrossMichigan. Last year's Showcase drew more than 500 attendees and included over50 exhibitors.

"We have a limited number of exhibitor opportunities remaining and areurging interested companies to secure their spots as soon as possible. It hasbeen a very active year for the life science community across West Michigan,and WMSTI's annual showcase gives organizations a unique opportunity tohighlight their progress," said Linda Chamberlain, executive director ofWMSTI. "WMSTI and its partners are very proud of the event's establishedreputation as the premiere gathering of community leaders and life scienceinnovators."

Night at the Museum event sponsors are Autocam Medical, AxiosIncorporated, Inrad, MEDC, Michigan Radio, MSU College of Human Medicine, RoseTechnologies, Saint Mary's Health Care, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, SpectrumHealth, Van Andel Institute, Warner Norcross & Judd and WZZM 13.

Companies interested in exhibiting at the Life Science Business Showcaseshould visit http://showcase.wmsti.org for more information. The fee toexhibit is $350 and includes exhibit space, two tickets to the event, awebsite listing, program listing, and additional promotional opportunities.The deadline to register is March 27th, 2008.

About West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative

The West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative is a partnership betweenthe 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 grow and diversify the community economy bycreating an environment that inspires innovation and supports thecommercialization of science and technology. Since its inception, theInitiative has assisted more than 70+ clients in commercialization of newproducts, including funding through receipt of over $7M in federal and stategrant awards. The Initiative has also supported projects and the creation ofbusinesses, such as ClinXus(TM) and Grand River Aseptic PharmaceuticalPackaging that build regional life sciences commercialization infrastructure.

SOURCE West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative

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