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A MichBio e-publication
April 2014
New Members
Cendrowski Corporate Advisors
NanoBio Corporation
Member News
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MichBio Events

May 7
Advocacy Webinar: Intellectual Property Protection and Biopharma/Medtech Product Development - Patent Reform, Again

June 3
Michigan Biosciences Capitol Day (info soon)

Sept. 30-Oct. 1
2014 MichBio Expo 
(info soon)
Featured Events
May 6-June 17

May 14-16

May 28-29

June 23-26

October 6-8
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On the Road
Stephen Rapundalo, PhD 
President & CEO, MichBio

It's been some time since the last biolink newsletter. With the departure of our Director of Marketing & Communications in early March, it was everything that David McGuire and I could do to simply to keep up with daily affairs, essential communications, membership support, building the new website, and recruiting a new staff person. But here we are back in the saddle and at full staff strength (meet Katie our new Director below). [Read more]
New Website Coming Soon
MichBio is launching its new website on May 12; visit in the next few weeks to see exciting changes.
CEO Leaders' Club
MichBio was pleased to host Ron Cohen, MD, founder and CEO of Acorda Therapeutics as it kicked off the second season of the CEO Leaders' Club. The event took place April 17 in Ann Arbor. [Read more]
Deadline for 2014 MichBio Expo Panel Submissions Extended
New deadline: May 16, 2014

We are still accepting panel submissions for the September 30-October 1 MichBio Expo, which will be held at the Motor city Casino in Detroit. Any organization from or affiliated with Michigan's bio-industry may submit a proposal for a 60-75 minute panel in one of five tracks.

Legal Column
Provisional Patent Applications
Kristin L. Murphy, Brooks Kushman P.C.

For inventors, start-ups and established business, patents are a key tool in protecting valuable assets. However, it is not always economically feasible to incur costs of preparing and filing one or more applications at the beginning of a product development cycle, especially for inventions that are early in the development and have an uncertain marketability. [Read more] 
Regulatory Column
Productive Meetings with FDA
Ross Lobell, RegSource Consulting

Meeting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss the development of a product can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider, including setting realistic goals, timing, and negotiating strategy. [Read more]
A First-Timer's Foray
in Capitol Hill Advocacy

Gene Parunak, Managing Director, in2being

My working time is spent with the outstanding team at in2being, LLC as we bring our clients' cutting-edge medical devices and life-science products into being. Day to day, we focus on such things as development strategy, standards-compliance, technical vetting, design history files, risk analyses, prototype builds, and the like. Imagine my surprise, then, when I suddenly found myself in Washington, DC, for a two-day whirlwind tour of Capitol Hill with MichBio's Stephen Rapundalo as a part of the AdvaMed Legislative Fly-In. Read more]
Katie Trevathan
Welcome Katie! Katie

MichBio is pleased to welcome Katie Trevathan as the new Director of Marketing and Communications. Katie is responsible for developing and implementing our comprehensive promotional and interactive strategies, including social media marketing. She will be critical as we evolve our new brand with a soon-to-be-launched new website and enhanced marketing.

Katie comes to MichBio with nearly 15 years of successful experience in marketing project management. Her areas of expertise include marketing and new media development, product positioning, communication, and event planning. Her most recent position was at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

We're thrilled that Katie has joined us. Please contact her at or 734.527.9147 with any questions related to marketing, communications, publications, advertising, and our new website.
Funding Opportunities
BioMatters Ad Space Still Available
We are still accepting ads for the Spring 2014 issue, which will hit news stands in early June. BioMatters is the only statewide publication devoted to promoting the companies, innovations, products, and people that make up Michigan's bioscience community.
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