Stephen Rapundalo

Michigan Bio-Industry Growth Summit

michbioLeaders from the bio-industry, academia, and policy realms recently met in Lansing to discuss how to best unleash Michigan’s biosciences R&D and manufacturing potential to stimulate economic growth.  The Michigan Bio-Industry Growth Summit was hosted by MichBio.

Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, President and CEO of MichBio reviewed the details of a forward-looking strategy for building a strong, statewide biosciences cluster and what’s needed across key sectors and specialty market areas to leverage the state’s strengths and opportunities – as well as best practices – to enhance competitiveness and develop Michigan into a preeminent biosciences leader!  The event was co-sponsored by Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan and Jeffrey Mason, Executive Director, University Research Corridor.

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Roger Newton, Executive Chairman and CSO, Esperion Therapeutics kicked off the day be moderating a session with Mark Leahey, CEO, Medical Device Mfrs. Assc. (MDMA) and Liz Powell, Principal, G2G Consulting.   The group discussed key findings from a recent report entitled “Bioscience Economic Development in the States.”  The report compared state level legislative and job creation best practices.

I was quite impressed with the quality of the event.  Stephen Rapundalo and his co-organizers had clearly done a magnificent job in terms of preparation.  The topics were very relevant and the speakers were all very accomplished and thought leaders on their subjects.  Networking before and after the event was particularly valuable.  I am already looking forward to attending next year.

Scott Phillips

 

NIH BEST Career Panel Discussion at MSU

bestThe SearchLite recently hosted a NIH BEST career panel discussion at Michigan State University.   The panel discussion about career transition was held at the offices of MSU Technologies on Thursday, December 17th.  The panel featured three speakers and focused on career opportunities in Life Sciences for PhD Candidates and Post Docs.  Students from the MSU BEST Program and Wayne State University BEST Program participated in the career panel.  BEST stands for Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) has selected and funded 17 research sites in the US to participate in the BEST Program.

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