LANSING, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Michigan’s premier biosciences industry trade organization, MichBio, presents the Michigan Biosciences Day at the Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on Thursday, May 19th, 2016.
Industry leaders will gather to advance a policy agenda for growing Michigan's bio-industry through legislative outreach efforts.
Testimony will be presented before two key committees – House Workforce and Talent Development Committee (10:30 – 11 a.m.), and Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee – on the strength and diversity of Michigan’s bioscience industry, its competitive status, and how it contributes to Michigan’s economy, creating jobs for today and for the future.
Legislators and policy staff are invited to attend a lunch presentation on the make-up of Michigan’s bio-industry, its role in the statewide economy and policies needed to improve competitiveness. The presentation will be held at the offices of Government Consulting Services, Inc. (GCSI) at 2nd Floor, 120 N Washington Square, Lansing MI from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In addition, bio-industry representatives will meet with key legislative leadership and relevant legislative offices throughout the day.
“Michigan has a rich pedigree in the bio-industry and is home to over 1700 bioscience companies, institutions and organizations, including many global brands,” commented Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, president and CEO of MichBio. “Almost 200,000 individuals are employed directly or secondarily in the bio-industry. So, it’s imperative that legislators and policymakers understand how the bio-industry impacts Michigan’s economy and health of its citizens. We’re a major economic driver already, and have all the ingredients to be a national and global bioscience leader if we harness growth strategically in public-private partnership.”
The Michigan Bio-Industry Roadmap for Success, a statewide strategic plan that lays out a vision for economic growth, sustainability and competitiveness will be distributed to legislators during event. Key priorities outlined in the plan include:
1. Developing a favorable business climate with value-based policies and resources;
2. Enhancing Michigan’s risk-capital market for company growth;
3. Implementing consistent economic development and branding initiatives specific to the bio-industry;
4. Seeking greater support to develop skilled talent and workforce;
5. A long-term legislative commitment to move a growth agenda.
MichBio appreciates the support of the Michigan Biosciences Legislative Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral body formed in 2007 whose membership is open to any legislator interested in Michigan’s bio-industry. Current co-chairs consist of Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-26), Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-18), Rep. Sam Singh (D-69) and Rep. Jim Tedder (R-43). The Biosciences Caucus uses education, communication, and outreach as tools to discuss, promote, and formulate potential policies to help grow the state’s bio-industry. Caucus co-chairs will welcome legislative colleagues at the Bioscience Day lunch presentation.
The Michigan Biosciences Day at the Capitol is free for MichBio members. The event begins with a staging and networking breakfast at GCSI beginning at 8:30am. MichBio will schedule 1:1 meetings with district offices for bio-industry attendees. In addition, attendees will participate in the committee hearings and lunch presentation. The Biosciences Day is a unique and not-be-missed opportunity for industry representatives to engage with decision-makers on behalf of their institutions and the statewide bio-industry.
MichBio is an organization dedicated to driving the growth of Michigan’s bio-industry through education, business support and advocacy. The 2016 Michigan Biosciences Day at the Capitol is generously sponsored by MedImmune and Pfizer.
For more information, please visit: michbio.org