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BioMed Expo 2004 Exhibitor Profiles.

Business Editors/Biotechnology Writers

BIOMED EXPO 2004

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 28, 2004

BioMed Expo 2004 takes place April 29, 2004 at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. For in-depth information about the event please visit http://www.biomedexpo.org/.

Profiles from BioMed Expo 2004 exhibitors are listed below. Breaking news and information about the event can be found at http://www.tradeshownews.com, Business Wire's trade show and conference news resource. Business Wire is the official news wire for BioMed Expo 2004.


Accumed Systems, Inc.
Contact: Joe Korotko
Phone: 734.930.0461
e-mail: jkorotko@accumedsystemsinc.com
web: www.accumedsystemsinc.com

Accumed Systems, Inc., located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, develops
and commercializes innovative tools for interventional cardiology use.
Accumed's goal is to provide devices that simplify existing medical
procedures - increasing patient comfort and saving the clinician time.
Current products are the new AccuGage Vessel Caliper, the Hemostasis
Band and the Wrist Positioning Splint, each designed with direct input
from leading cardiologists to improve catheterization techniques and
patient comfort.

Altarum Institute
Contact: Greg Leonard/Charlie Roehrig
Phone: 734 302-4600
email: greg.leonard@altarum.org
 charles.roehrig@altarum.org
web: www.altarum.org

The Altarum Institute is a nonprofit research and innovation
institution with more than 55 years of success in researching,
developing, and deploying advanced information technology and decision
support systems solutions that promote the sustainable well being of
society. Altarum serves government and commercial customers in the
national security, healthcare, and environment sectors.

Asterand, Inc.
Contact: Jessica Mulvey
Phone: 313-874-7161
E-mail: kmulvey@asterand.com
Web: www.asterand.com

Asterand is a worldwide organization focusing on the global
research community. Our mission is to help biomedical researchers in
the areas of genomics and proteomics to conquer diseases. We provide
the products and services necessary for the development of new
diagnostics and therapeutics. Our inventory consists of over 45,000
fresh frozen and fixed samples representing assorted human
pathologies. We focus heavily in the area of oncology and are actively
procuring material from neurological diseases, respiratory diseases,
cardiovascular diseases, metabolic diseases, and inflammatory
diseases. We work within the highest ethical and quality standards to
provide the information and materials that accelerate research in
these diseases. Our collaborators include researchers at some of the
world's foremost and oldest pharmaceutical and biotech companies. We
were founded by Oxford Bioscience Partners (http://www.oxbio.com), and
have partnerships with government and private medical institutions
around the world. We are headquartered in the Karmanos Cancer
Institute, at Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan USA.

Biotechnology Business Consultants LLC
Contact: Kris Bergman
Phone: 734-930-9741
e-mail: krisb@bioconsultants.com
web: www.bioconsultants.com

Biotechnology Business Consultants (BBC) strives to provide
outstanding business consulting services to biomedical establishments.
BBC partners with entrepreneurs, corporations, government and
educational institutions in facilitating the development and
commercialization of novel technologies, and in the establishment and
growth of new ideas and companies.

Britton-Gallagher & Associates, Inc.
Contact: Drew Tewksbury, Michael Cremeans
Phone: 440-248-4711
E-mail: drew_tewksbury@britton-gallagher.com
Web: www.britton-gallagher.com

Britton-Gallagher & Associates is a privately owned, independent
insurance brokerage firm located in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1993 the Life
Sciences Group within Britton-Gallagher was chartered to address the
unique insurance needs of Life Sciences companies. We recognized that
these companies were not being adequately represented, nor were they
being priced properly by insurance companies. By developing a high
level of understanding of the intricacies of the Life Sciences world,
the Life Sciences Group has been integral in the negotiation of
broader coverages and accurate pricing for the clients we represent.
This involvement has resulted in significant premium savings and loss
reduction through a program called BioSolutions. BioSolutions is a
highly specialized risk management program designed for the Life
Sciences Industry. Incorporated in the program are features of risk
assessment, risk control, insurance general marketplace. Strategic
planning and market leverage allows BioSolutions to economically
protect Life Sciences companies against the myriad of risks associated
with the industry.

Business Wire
Contact: Martin Habalewsky
Phone: 1-248-213-4750
Email: detroit_group@businesswire.com
Web: www.businesswire.com

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Center for Biomedical Research, Oakland University
Contact: Denis Callewaert, Ph.D.
Phone: (248) 370-2349
Email: callewae@oakland.edu
Web: www2.oakland.edu/cbr

Interdisciplinary collaboration defines biomedical research at
Oakland University. Researchers from the College of Arts and Sciences
in the Department of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics join
colleagues from Oakland University's Eye Research Institute and
collaborators at Henry Ford Health System, William Beaumont Hospitals
and area biotechnology firms to advance biomedical knowledge. Working
in modern laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment, Oakland
University biomedical scientists enrich our future by advancing our
understanding of basic biological processes and bringing that
knowledge to bear on the diagnosis and treatment of wide range of
human disease, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diseases of
the eye and malaria.

Detroit R&D, Inc.
Contact: Hyesook Kim
Phone: 313.961.1606
E-mail: info@DetroitRandD.com
Web: www.DetroitRandD.com

Detroit R&D founded in 1997 by Dr. Kim provides products through
leading-edge technology in antibody microarrays (1 pending patent),
hypertension (2 patents), COX-2, P450, oxidative stress (1 patent
allowed), DNA damage, Xenopus microarrays (1 pending patent) and mRNA
delivery/wound healing (1 pending patent). Detroit R&D also markets
freezer boxes for systematic organization (1 patent allowed).

Detroit R&D has a successful track record with 5 completed NIH
SBIR (in total approximately $1,100,000) and 2 active Phases II SBIR
grants (in total approximately $1,500,000) and 2 active Phase I SBIR
grants (in total approximately $800,000) and is an awardee of the MLSC
fund (partner company).

Dykema Gossett PLLC
Contact: Kin-Kyu Koh
Phone: 313-568-6627
E-mail: jkoh@dykema.com
Web: www.dykema.com

CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR

Dykema Gossett PLLC, one of Michigan's oldest and largest law
firms, has developed a specialized Biotechnology and Life Sciences
Team to provide customized, multi-disciplined, collaborative services.
Our clients range from start-ups to public companies, to non-profits
in a wide variety of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals,
health care services, biotechnology, medical devices and equipment and
computer technology and software applicable to the biotechnology and
life sciences industry. The team maintains close ties with venture
capital funds interested in biotechnology and life sciences investment
and Dykema was instrumental in forming the Michigan Venture Capital
Association. Providing the best possible client service continues to
be critical in how we support, protect, advise and communicate with
our clients.

Eastern Michigan University
Graduate Studies
Contact: Elizabeth Butch
Phone: 734.487.0164
E-mail: elizabeth.butch@emich.edu
Web: www.emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University is committed to instruction and
research in the life sciences and is poised to contribute in important
ways. The range of programs in biology and chemistry is broad.
Laboratory instrumentation is state of the art, and recent grants from
the NSF, among others, demonstrate capability in molecular biology
research and training to support the growth of pharmaceutical,
biotechnology, clinical and other related industries in Michigan.

Eastern Michigan University Clinical Research Administration Program
Contact: Stephen Sonstein
Phone: 734-487-4095
E-mail: www.emich.edu/public/dahp/CRA.html

The Clinical Research Administration Program at Eastern Michigan
University provides an academic experience which includes both
didactic information and hands-on preceptorships in order to increase
the number of qualified personnel within the clinical research
workforce. The program offers post-baccalaureate certificates to
credential those wishing to enter the clinical research enterprise and
masters degrees to those wishing to increase their knowledge base as
well as their research/creative skills.

EKM Corporation
Contact: Mindy Watkins
Phone: 858-792-0992
E-mail: mwatkins@ekmco.com
Web: www.ekmco.com

EKM is the world's leading supplier of Knowledge Notebooks.
Electronic Notebooks are designed to provide order of magnitude
improvements in quality and productivity in pharma, biotech, and
device companies. Knowledge Notebooks go beyond this by providing
context to raw data at the point of design or discovery. Thus
knowledge is delivered to decision makers for the maximum allocation
of resources. Primary applications include drug discovery and cGMP.

Esperion Therapeutics, A Division of Pfizer Global Research
 & Development
Contact: Marianne Andreach, VP, Marketing
Phone: (734) 332-0506
E-mail: mandreach@esperion.com

RECEPTION SPONSOR AND HONOREE

Esperion Therapeutics is dedicated to the discovery and
development of a novel class of therapies to improve the treatment of
cardiovascular disease. Esperion's product candidates are designed to
exploit the beneficial properties of HDL-cholesterol, the "good
cholesterol," to target atherosclerosis, a type of cardiovascular
disease associated with the damaging build-up of cholesterol deposits
within artery walls.

Esperion's technology platform is based upon the Reverse Lipid
Transport (RLT) pathway. The RLT pathway is the body's natural process
of removing excess cholesterol and other lipids from artery walls and
other tissues and transporting them to the liver for elimination.
Esperion's product candidates work by stimulating the RLT pathway
through the enhancement of key HDL properties, which may result in
improved vascular structure and function.

Esperion currently has four product candidates in clinical
development: three biopharmaceuticals for the acute treatment of
patients with high-risk atherosclerosis and one oral small molecule
for the chronic treatment of patients with lipid disorders.

FOURSIGHT Creative Group
Contact: Marla Booth
Phone: 734-453-6991
E-mail: marla@foursightcreative.com
Web: www.foursightcreative.com

 FOURSIGHT Creative Group is a design and marketing firm
specializing in working with small- to medium-sized companies looking
for an identity to stand out from the crowd. FOURSIGHT Creative Group
offers the following services:

 Brochures
 Corporate Identity Packages
 Logos
 Sell Sheets
 Websites

Located in downtown Plymouth, Michigan for more than 15 years,
FOURSIGHT Creative Group has many successful partnerships with
companies throughout the state.

IA, Inc/Threefold Sensors
Contact: Judith Erb
Phone: 1-734-995-9338
E-mail: jerb@threefoldsensors.com
Web: www.threefoldsensors.com

IA, Inc. was founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1990. The company
has developed a line of biosensors for environmental testing, medical
diagnostics and molecular and pharmaceutical research. Mature products
are marketed through IA's wholly owned subsidiary, Threefold Sensors.
Its evanescent fiber optic sensor instrument and sensor cartridges for
specific applications are advertised through its website. Current
applications include tests relating to fertility management, screening
chemicals and water samples for endocrine disrupting activity, metal
ion measurement, and immune response monitoring via specific
cytokines.

Integrated Sensing Systems
Contact: Kim Barnett
Phone: 734-547-896
E-mail: kkbarnett@mems-issys.com
Web: www.mems-issys.com

Integrated Sensing Systems' (ISSYS) mission is to design, develop,
manufacture, and market innovative products based on high-performance
microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). ISSYS is developing medical
devices using state-of-the-art pressure and micro-flow sensing
technology as well as other sensors that provide the highest accuracy,
fit the smallest sizes, and have unmatched biologic and corrosion
resistance. ISSYS introduced world's best density meter in 2003 and
will introduce mass flowmeters in 2004. Products under development
range from disposable drug-infusion products capable of detecting
wrong medication, air bubbles, and wrong drug dose; multiple-drug,
portable drug delivery systems; and chronic-use, invasive, implantable
devices that are wireless and battery-less. ISSYS has dedicated itself
to improving the world, one small piece at a time, by commercializing
the tremendous potential of MEMS in life and applied sciences.

Kelly Services
Contact: Frank Tistle
Phone: 248-848-9360
E-mail: tistlfa@kellyservices.com

RECEPTION SPONSOR

Kelly Services, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in
Troy, Mich., offering staffing solutions that include temporary
services, staff leasing, outsourcing, vendor on-site and full-time
placement. Kelly serves 200,000 customers through more than 2,500
company owned and operated offices in 26 countries. Kelly provides
employment for nearly 700,000 employees annually, with skills
including office services, accounting, engineering, information
technology, law, science, marketing, light industrial, education,
health care and home care.

Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan
Contact: Elizabeth Barry, Managing Director
Phone: 734-764-4502
Email: lifesciences@umich.edu
Web: www.lsi.umich.edu

The Life Sciences Institute is the University of Michigan's
venture into the new world of systems biology. A multidisciplinary
team of scientists is being assembled in a newly-constructed, 230,000
square foot, "lab without walls." They are charged with identifying
and tackling important biological questions at the cellular and
molecular level, where disease occurs. LSI is a new unit of the
University which serves as the hub of a campus-wide network of
collaborative life sciences research.

Merit Network
Contact: Elwood Downing
Phone: 734-764-9430
email: sales@merit.edu
web: www.merit.edu/

Merit Network, founded in 1966 and governed by Michigan's public
universities, is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to make
Michigan a showcase for high-performance computer networking. Based in
Ann Arbor, Merit managed the NSFNet, America's first high-speed
backbone, which evolved into MichNet, America's first regional
research and education network.

Merit fulfills its mission in three ways. MichNet is a laboratory
for innovation and connects people and ideas at Gigabit speed across
the state. Networking R&D conducts advanced networking research.
Learning Systems develops effective approaches to Internet-based
learning.

MichBio
Contact: Lauren Bigelow
Phone: 734-615-6970
E-mail: Lauren@nichbio.org
Web: www.michbio.org

MichBio is a non-profit organization dedicated to driving the
growth of the life sciences industry in Michigan. The association
serves a diverse membership, including new and established life
sciences companies, academic and research institutions, as well as
service providers and related organizations throughout the state.
Acting as a focal point for the life sciences community, MichBio
provides networking and educational events, offers a web portal to
industry-specific state and national information, addresses public
policy, and is focusing on the human resource, funding and
infrastructure issues affecting Michigan's biosciences industry.
MichBio is affiliated with BIO, the national organization that
represents biotechnology companies in the United States and in 33
other nations.

Michigan Education Savings Program
Contact: Marc Spieser
Phone: at 877-861-MESP
E-mail: mspeiser@tiaa-cref.org
Web: www.misaves.com

The Michigan Education Savings Program is a Section 529 college
savings program, created by the State of Michigan, that allows you to
save for tuition, certain room & board costs, books and fees at
eligible colleges and universities across the United States and
abroad.

Principal and investment returns are not guaranteed or insured and
will fluctuate. Investment management and program administration for
MESP is provided by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. (TFI). Teachers
Personal Investors Services, Inc. and TIAA-CREF Individual &
Institutional Services, LLC distribute securities products.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Contact: Emily Staley, Technology Tri-Corridor Brand Manager
Phone: (517) 241-4801
E-mail: staleye@michigan.org
Web: www.michigan.org

MAJOR EVENT SPONSOR

Michigan's Technology Tri-Corridor fosters growth in life sciences
through funding and resource collaboration, focusing on emerging
technologies. Universities and business accelerators in Michigan's
technology clusters contribute to Michigan ranking #1 in life sciences
growth. Over the past three years, $175 million was awarded to support
nearly 100 life sciences projects, and in 2004, an additional $25
million will be invested through the Technology Tri-Corridor,
administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Michigan State University
Contact: Chris Force
Phone: 517-355-2186
E-mail: forcec@msu.edu
Web: www.msu.edu

CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR

Michigan State University, founded in 1855, is the nation's first
land-grant university and institution of higher learning to teach
scientific agriculture.

With an internationally recognized faculty, MSU offers a variety
of patentable technologies. Recent inventions include the
identification of cold tolerant genes in plants and carbohydrate-based
chiral synthesis technology for pharmaceuticals. Historically, MSU is
credited with the invention of the homogenization of milk and the
discovery of the leading anticancer drugs, cisplatin and carboplatin.

Specific research strengths include pharmaceuticals and specialty
chemicals, food safety and toxicology, tools for drug discovery and
proteomics, nanotechnology and bioprocessing applications, pain
management and plant science. Commercial and academic licenses are
also available for molecular biology and other software packages.

Michigan Universities Commercialization Initiative
Contact: Tina Bissell, Business Manager
Phone: 734-647-5730
Email: tbissell@umich.edu
Web: www.muci.org

The Michigan Universities Commercialization Initiative (MUCI) is a
collaboration to complement and enhance technology transfer activities
at Michigan academic and research institutions. MUCI's primary
contribution to these commercialization efforts is a Challenge Fund
providing gap funding for early-stage life sciences technologies
developed at our member institutions. MUCI also provides information
about commercialization processes and resources, incubation
facilities, and entrepreneurship through our publications and our
website www.muci.org.

Member institutions include Central Michigan University, Eastern
Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State
University, Michigan Technological University, University of Michigan,
Van Andel Research Institute, and Wayne State University.

In addition to its academic partners, MUCI also benefits from the
involvement of a diverse group of technology transfer professionals
associated with a wide variety of organizations including Apjohn
Group, LLC, Arboretum Ventures, Assay Designs, MichBio, Michigan
Economic Development Corporation, Neogen Corporation, Pfizer Global
Research & Development, Proteomic Research Services, Inc., Regulatory
Affairs Associates, Trillium Ventures, and the Washtenaw Development
Council. MUCI is supported by a grant from MEDC.

Middle Michigan Development Corporation
Contact: George Dunn
Phone: (989) 772-2858
E-mail: gdunn@mmdc.org
Web: www.mmdc.org

Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) is the private,
non-profit organization responsible for the development of The Center
for Applied Research and Technology at Central Michigan University -
Mt. Pleasant SmartZone (SM).

Central Michigan University (CMU) - a progressive well-managed
institution of higher learning - offers academic excellence and
strongly encourages partnership opportunities with industry. CMU is
fully accredited and a nationally recognized research leader having
earned the Carnegie Foundation classification as
"Doctoral/Research-Intensive".

CMU provides a single point of contact to the highest levels of
the university administration, and access to tools that add value to
your business (super computer, high-speed Internet, research labs).

Monal Labs
Contact: Jeff Wright
Phone: 248-474-4557
E-mail: jwright@monalbuilds.com
Web: www.monalbuilds.com and www.monallabs.com

Monal Labs is a division of Monal Incorporated Construction
Services. Monal Labs was formed for the express purpose of supplying
life-science and biotech companies of all sizes a dedicated
construction resource. Monal Labs assists in determining budgets for
projects, planning a correct flow for lab and manufacturing
facilities, and all construction aspects from Phase I through
Validation. Monal Labs is a design, planning and construction firm
established for the advancement of the Science of Life.

Oxford Biomedical Research, Inc.
Contact: Denis Callewaert, PhD
Phone: 248-852-8815
E-mail: info@oxfordbiomed.com
Web: www.oxfordbiomed.com

Oxford Biomedical Research develops and markets over 650 products
for the biomedical and pharmaceutical research community, and performs
research and development under the auspices of grants and contracts
from the National Institutes of Health.

Its core competencies are in the fields of Oxidative Stress, Drug
Metabolism, Eicosanoid Metabolism, Signal Transduction and Vascular
Biology. Current research concentrates on novel post-genomic
technologies. Two such technologies are Metabonomics and
Toxicoproteomics. Metabonomics uses a GC platform to detect biomarkers
of drug efficacy, drug toxicology and disease in breath or biofluids.
Toxicoproteomics uses organ-specific, damage assessment biomarkers as
indicators of environmental exposure or pharmaceutical toxicology.

Pfizer Global Research and Development, Ann Arbor Laboratories
Contact: Ed Pagani
Phone: 734.622.1150
E-mail: edward.pagani@pfizer.com
Web: www.pfizer.com

SIGNATURE EVENT SPONSOR

Pfizer, Inc is a research-based, global pharmaceutical company.
The company invents medicines that improve the quality of life of
people around the world and help them enjoy longer, healthier, and
more productive lives.

Pfizer Global Research and Development (PGRD) is the R&D
organization responsible for discovering and developing new medicines
for Pfizer. PGRD will invest nearly $8 billion in 2004 in the quest
for new therapies and employs 15,000 researchers worldwide. This
includes 3,600 colleagues at the Michigan Laboratories in Ann Arbor
and Kalamazoo, who are searching for cures for heart disease, pain,
arthritis, asthma, schizophrenia, infectious diseases, and other
serious ailments.

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
Contact: Gwen Cochran
Phone: (412) 201-7370
E-mail: gwenc@plsg.com
Web: www.plsg.com

The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse is a public/private
partnership, founded by the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon
University, UPMC Health System, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and
our regional foundation community. Together with private industry and
advanced research and healthcare capabilities of our institutional
partners, PLSG invests in and supports the growth of regional life
sciences companies. The PLSG is focused on developing a portfolio of
companies in the following industry sectors: drug discovery tools and
targets, medical devices and diagnostics, tissues engineering and
regenerative medicine and therapeutic strategies for neurological and
psychiatric disorders.

Praxair, Inc.
Contact: Liz Gryguc
Phone: 313-849-4211
E-mail: Liz_Gryguc@praxair.com
Web: www.praxair.com

Praxair, a Fortune 500 company, is a world leader for industrial,
medical and specialty gas supply providing a total-capability resource
for all your gas-related pharmaceutical and biotechnology needs. From
discovery to production, specialty services include: cylinder, bulk
and on-site supply; Medipure(tm) FDA-regulated medical and specialty
gases; dry ice; gas delivery and cryogenic process equipment; and
Cryomag helium transfilling (NMRs)and super critical CO2 supply.

Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies,
 University of Michigan Business School
Contact: Mary Nickson
Phone: 734-615-4424
E-mail: mnickson@umich.edu
Web: www.zli.bus.umich.edu

START-UP SHOWCASE SPONSOR

Entrepreneurial studies have come to the forefront of academic
studies with the Zell Lurie Institute. The Institute actively engages
the nation's most successful entrepreneurs and offers outstanding
faculty composed of both academic researchers and practitioners in
entrepreneurship. The Institute's mission is to focus the capabilities
and resources of the University of Michigan Business School to provide
education, experience and opportunities in entrepreneurship and to
serve as a catalyst for new venture development. The Institute's many
programs not only provide students with entrepreneurial and venture
capital experience but also provide the community with access to MBA
talent. Visit our website and learn more about how your firm can
benefit by participating in the classroom or in these programs and
play a role in enriching the student experience.

Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC
Contact: James F. Kamp, Esq.
Phone: 248-594-0656
E-mail: jfk@raderfishman.com
Web: www.raderfishman.com

Contributing Sponsor

Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC assists its clients in maximizing the
value of intellectual capital for their strategic goals. The law firm
counsels global corporations, institutions and entrepreneurs in
developing worldwide strategies for patent, trademark, copyright and
trade secret management.

The firm's Biotechnology/Life Sciences Group engages in U.S. and
foreign patent procurement, intellectual property licensing and
technology transfer, strategic planning, and litigation. The Group has
expertise in biotechnology, chemistry, computer and materials science,
and electronics.

Rader, Fishman & Grauer offers highly skilled practitioners
combined with state-of-the-art information technology. The result is
timely, efficient advancement of clients' interests, domestically and
internationally.

Southwest Michigan Innovation Center
Contact: Sandra Cochran
Phone: 269.372.4091
Email: scochrane@kazoosmic.com
Website: www.kazoosmic.com

The Southwest Michigan Innovation Center (SMIC) is a
state-of-the-art facility designed to nurture and develop start-up
firms. Here, several young companies enjoy access to the kind of
support and resources that are vital for the growth of
entrepreneurial, forward-thinking technology and life sciences firms.

The SMIC offers new companies the latest in wet-lab technology,
managerial and technical assistance, and office space, as well as the
opportunity to share essential business services with other firms. In
addition, the SMIC provides access to WMU resources, faculty, and
students. Tenants also benefit from the SMIC's location in a Michigan
SmartZone.

By putting like-minded firms together in an environment built for
growth, we're creating cost-efficiencies and opportunities for very
productive partnerships.

The Right Place, Inc.
Contact: Ray De Winkle
Phone: (616) 771-0327
E-mail: dewinkler@rightplace.org
Web: www.rightplace.org

The Right Place, Inc. is a regional economic development
organization for Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan. It provides
comprehensive location and expansion services for advanced
manufacturing, technology, and life sciences firms including links to
potential partners and resources. The Right Place, Inc. works with the
Van Andel Institute and the West Michigan Science and Technology
Initiative to recruit and nurture the development of life-science and
medical device firms in Greater Grand Rapids.

Tullis-Dickerson & Co., Inc.
Contact: Thomas P. Dickerson
Phone: 734-623-6300
E-mail: tdickerson@tullisdickerson.com
Web: www.tullisdickerson.com

SPEAKER SPONSOR

Tullis-Dickerson & Co. Inc. is a leading health care venture
capital investor with $350 million under management. Tullis-Dickerson
provides seed through late-stage capital to small and mid-sized
companies, focusing on several segments within health care:
biotechnology/life sciences, health care services, health care
information technology, medical devices, and medical distribution.
Based in Greenwich, Connecticut, the firm has offices in Ann Arbor,
Michigan; Birmingham, Alabama; and Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more
information, please visit our website at www.tullisdickerson.com.

University of Michigan
c/o Technology Transfer
Contact: Elaine Brock
Phone: 734-763-1289
E-mail: ebrock@umich.edu
Web: www.techtransfer.umich.edu

MAJOR EVENT SPONSOR

The University of Michigan has one of the largest, most diverse
and most successful research programs in the world. The University of
Michigan's Tech Transfer group actively seeks partners to assist in
getting the benefits of this research to the public. Information
concerning the University's technology transfer activities can be
found at www.techtransfer.umich.edu.

University of Michigan Life Sciences, Values & Society Program
Contact: Kathleen R. Murrel
Phone: 734-615-3213
E-mail: LSVSP1@umich.edu
Web: www.lifesciences.umich.edu/values

The University of Michigan's Life Sciences, Values & Society
Program seeks to encourage UM faculty, staff and students to engage in
scholarly discussion about the social and ethical implications of
advances in the life sciences. In addition, we provide opportunities
for members of the community at large to learn about the life sciences
and consider their impact on society.

We provide funding opportunities for faculty and students, and
announce our events via a weekly email message. To learn more about
LSVSP, visit us on the web at www.lifesciences.umich.edu/values or
subscribe by emailing LSVSP1@umich.edu, or call us at 734-647-4571.

Van Andel Institute
Contact: Bobbie Jones
Phone: 616-234-5330
E-mail: bobbie.jones@vai.org
Contact: Jack Frick
Phone: 616-234-5388
E-mail: jack.frick@vai.org
Web: www.vai.org

CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR

The Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is an independent medical
research organization created through the generosity of Jay and Betty
Van Andel. VARI's initial focus is on cancer with research programs in
basic sciences including programs rich in functional genomics. VARI's
17 principal investigators currently on staff conduct studies in the
areas of cell signal transduction, cancer cell biology , development,
cancer genetics, structural biology, DNA replication , and modeling of
human diseases. VARI also has special programs (core technologies) in
microarray technology, monoclonal antibody production, germline
modification, cytogenetics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and biological
imaging and microscopy. VARI is part of the Michigan Technology
Tricorridor , collaborating through MTTC with Michigan, Michigan
State, and Wayne State universities.

WWJ Newsradio 950/The Great Lakes IT Report
Contact: Matt Roush
Phone: 248-455-7200
Web: www.wwj.com/tech

The Great Lakes IT Report is the first morning read of Michigan's
technology community. Now read by more than 50,000 people each
business morning, the IT Report covers the life science industry,
along with hardware, software, IT staffing and services, and advanced
manufacturing. The IT Report is a product of WWJ Newsradio 950,
Detroit's No. 1 AM radio station, with more than a million listeners a
month and the nation's largest business news reporting staff.

Washtenaw Development Council
Contact: Susan Lackey, President
Phone: 734-761-9317
E-mail: slackey@wdc-econdev.com
Web: www.wdc-econdev.com

The Washtenaw Development Council (WDC) is a non-profit economic
development organization devoted to working with businesses interested
in locating, expanding, or remaining in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Area.
The WDC provides a full range of services including site
location/relocation assistance; tax and financial incentives
counseling; and other community data. All services are confidential
and provided free of charge.

Wayne State University
Contact: Anne DiSante
Phone: 1-313-577-5541
E-mail: anne.disante@wayne.edu
Web: www.wayne.edu

START-UP SHOWCASE SPONSOR

Wayne State University is proud to again participate as a sponsor
of BioMed Expo. WSU is one of the nation's pre-eminent public research
universities in an urban setting, and its mission stresses the roles
of a national research university and an urban teaching institution
with a commitment to service.

Since its founding in 1868, Wayne State University has continued
growing to meet educational needs. In the past 20 years, Wayne State's
research has grown 5% annually, with research expenditures reaching
nearly $200 million in 2002. Of that amount, $159 million (80%) was
directed toward life science research and $96 million (48%) of the
total research expenses were from federal funding. Based on research
expenditures in fiscal year 2001, WSU ranked 42nd among public
universities and 63rd among all universities according to the National
Science Foundation.

WSU offers 127 bachelors, 139 masters, and 61 doctoral degrees,
and 3 certificate, specialist and professional programs. Additionally,
it has one of the largest and most diverse graduate populations in the
nation. WSU is located in the heart of the University Cultural Center
of Detroit and also has extension centers throughout the metropolitan
Detroit area, including the Oakland Center in Farmington Hills.

Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education,
and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other
institutions, the university seeks to enhance economic growth and
improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit, state of Michigan
and throughout the world.

Wayne State University - World-Class Education in the Real World

West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative
Contact: Matt Dugener, Executive Director
Phone: 616-331-5841
E-mail: wmsti@gvsu.edu
Web: www.wmsti.org

The West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative (The Initiative)
at Grand Valley State University serves as a hub for technology and
product development assistance in the West Michigan Region. The
Initiative is dedicated to helping science and technology
entrepreneurs reach commercialization.

The Initiative is a partnership between Grad Valley State
University, the City of Grand Rapids, The Right Place, Inc., Van Andel
Research Institute, and Grand Rapids Community College.

Wolverine Interiors
Contact: Jason R. Holsbeke
Phone: 989-687-2923 xt 391
E-mail: jholsbeke@w-ii.com
Web: www.w-ii.com

Wolverine Interiors, Inc. is your premier supplier of laboratory
and commercial casework, interior furnishings, and accessories. We are
committed to providing exceptional customer support and services
through our expertise and experience including design, project
coordination, and installation. Many of our projects include cabinets
for computer, science and technology labs, mobile storage carts, and
fume hoods, safety equipment, and service fixtures for science and
research labs. Founded in 1994, Wolverine Interiors, Inc. has annual
sales revenue in the millions. We are living the dream and working
proudly together to consistently exceed expectations with enthusiasm
and integrity.
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