BioMed Expo 2004 Exhibitor Profiles.
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Accumed Systems, Inc. Contact: Joe Korotko Phone: 734.930.0461 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.businesswire.com IN KIND SPONSOR OFFICIAL BIOMED EXPO WIRE SERVICE Business Wire's BioWire 2K circuit, developed in conjunction with Mary Ann Liebert Inc., publishers of Genetic Engineering News (GEN), delivers your biotechnology news to highly targeted industry trades, journals, reporters, biotech analysts and investment professionals. Founded in San Francisco in 1961, Business Wire delivers more news from more sources to more destinations than any other service in the world. With content from more than 17,000 organizations, including Fortune 1000 and NASDAQ companies, Business Wire delivers breaking news and multimedia content to traditional and online media, and distributes news to thousands of online database sites worldwide. For more information, please contact 888 381-WIRE. Center for Biomedical Research, Oakland University Contact: Denis Callewaert, Ph.D. Phone: (248) 370-2349 Email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com Contact: Jack Frick Phone: 616-234-5388 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.