ANN ARBOR, Mich. & LANSING, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Michigan’s premier biosciences industry trade organization, MichBio, presents its annual Michigan Biosciences Day at the Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
The Biosciences Day at the Capitol is a unique opportunity for industry representatives to share their innovations and engage with decision-makers on behalf of their organizations and the statewide bio-industry.
“Michigan has a long and rich legacy in bioscience discovery and innovation that improves the health and well-being of Michigan residents, and those around the globe, with new treatments and products,” says Stephen Rapundalo, PhD and CEO of MichBio. “It’s critical that we raise awareness of the bio-industry’s impact with legislators.”
According to the national Biotechnology Innovation Organization, BIO, the state is home to over 1,700 bioscience establishments across multiple industry sectors – including agricultural feedstock and industrial biosciences, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and research and testing – employing almost 134,000 people in direct or secondary bioscience positions.
Rapundalo continued, “It’s imperative for legislators and policymakers to understand that Michigan’s bio-industry is a greater than $28 billion economic driver. The state has all the necessary components to be a national and global bioscience leader if we harness growth strategically around a common vision, in public-private partnership, and with the deployment of bio-industry friendly policies and initiatives.”
On April 10th, industry leaders will gather to advance a policy agenda for growing Michigan's bio-industry through outreach to elected officials. They will meet with key legislative leadership and relevant district offices throughout the day to discuss the strength and diversity of Michigan’s bioscience industry, its competitive status, how it contributes to Michigan’s economy, and how their organizations fit into the regional biosciences ecosystem.
The Michigan Biosciences Day at the Capitol is free for MichBio members. There is space available for additional participants – early registration is essential for successful one-on-one meeting planning.
Legislators and policy staff are invited to attend one of two briefings (morning or afternoon) on the make-up of Michigan’s bio-industry, its role in the statewide economy and policies needed to improve competitiveness.
The event begins with a staging and networking breakfast for industry leaders beginning at 8:30am. MichBio will schedule 1:1 meetings with district offices for bio-industry attendees. In addition, attendees will hear from the co-chairs of the Bioscience Legislative Caucus during the lunch break.
The day will end with a networking reception for legislators and staff, as well as bio-industry leaders, from 4-6 p.m.
The briefings and reception will be held at the offices of Government Consulting Services, Inc. (GCSI) at 2nd Floor, 120 N Washington Square, Lansing, Michigan.
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 the 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 visible economic development and branding initiatives specific to the bio-industry;
4. Seeking greater support to develop skilled talent and workforce.
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. John Bizon (R-19), Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-13), Rep. Brandt Iden (R-61), and Rep. Rebekah Warren (D-55). 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.
Event agenda and registration are available at www.michbio.org/events.
MichBio is the trade association committed to driving growth in Michigan's biosciences industry and its many sectors, including agri-biotech, food and nutrition, bio-based technologies and renewable chemicals, industrial and environmental biotech, medical devices and technologies, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare, diagnostics and research products, testing and research services, and clinical research. MichBio members include bioscience companies, academic and research institutions, bioscience service providers, and related organizations. For more information, visit www.michbio.org or follow us on Twitter @MichBio.