The University Record, October 16, 2000

BIOMED EXPO is Oct. 26


BIOMED EXPO, a day-long event highlighting resources available in Michigan to biomedical entrepreneurs, will be held Oct. 26 at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center. The program is presented by the U-M, Michigan Economic Development Corp., Wayne State and Michigan State universities, and the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids.

The focus of the program, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., is on all aspects of commercializing biomedical technology, including starting a company, funding, licensing, technology transfer and industry collaboration.

BIOMED EXPO was conceived by a task force of leaders from Michigan-based biomedical companies and universities and is part of the state’s Life Sciences Corridor that was created by Gov. John Engler in 1999 to fund life sciences research, development, collaboration and commercialization in Michigan.

The expo will feature speakers, workshops and exhibits in an interactive setting, encompassing the full range of resources necessary in the biomedical industry. Keynote speakers are Carl Feldbaum, president, Biotechnology Industry Organization, and W. Steven Burke Sr., senior vice president, North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

A variety of hands-on workshops, for which advance registration is requested but not required, will address the following issues:

  • Regulatory Approval/Licensing New Products.

  • SBIR/STTR Grants: How to Get Funded.

  • When and How to Approach Big Pharma for Partnerships and Collaboration.

  • Transitioning from Academic to Industry, and Big Pharma to Little Pharma.

  • University Spin-offs—Licensing Dynamics.

  • Going for the Gold: Early Stage Financing.

  • Q&A on the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor.

  • How to Get Your Plan Funded: Pitching to VCs.

  • IP Strategies.

    A number of exhibitors will be on hand, representing the life sciences industry, academic and research institutions, venture capital companies, patent and general business attorneys, business consulting and services firms, not-for-profit business resources and university technology transfer offices.

    For more information or to register for a workshop, visit the Web at or call (734) 930-9741.