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On the Road with Stephen Rapundalo

May ended with several meetings in Detroit. First, I met with Wayne State University's 'The Front Door' to discuss how best to maximize their interactions with the state's bio-industry. The group is a one-stop shop for accessing the world-class resources at the institution, whether to new technologies under development, commercialization services or access to talent. 


Later that day, I met with Dr. Christal Sheppard, the new director of the Detroit USPTO. Prior to joining the USPTO she was an assistant professor of law at the University of Nebraska, where she co-founded a program of Concentrated Study in Intellectual Property law. Dr. Sheppard has a MS and PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and a JD from Cornell University Law School. It's great to have a bioscience expert at the USPTO right here in our own backyard. [Read more 'On the Road']

July 8: CEO Leaders' Club
John Lechleiter, PhD
CEO of Eli Lilly and Company

The CEO Leaders' Club is a chance for C-level types to discuss pivotal management issues with a senior-level executive and peers from around the state. [Learn more and register]
Historic House Vote to Repeal Device Tax
As a result of the tireless efforts of MichBio members, other state associations, and national industry groups (AdvaMed, MDMA, and MITA), Congress has taken another step towards repealing the ill-conceived medical device tax. [More]
Tomorrow: Annual Capitol Hill Ed Briefing
MichBio along with 15 other state bio associations will brief the House and Senate on FDA User Fee programs (e.g. PDUFA, MDUFA). [More]

June FDA Guidance Issued
Learn about the guidances: "Factors to Consider When Making Benefit-Risk Determinations for Medical Device Investigational Device Exemptions" and "Naming of Drug Products Containing Salt Drug Substances." [More]

Farm Energy Program "CHIMPS"
The agriculture subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee passed their spending plans for FY 2016. They made further deep cuts to farm energy programs which enjoy deep and broad support. [More]

Public Meeting: Med Device User Fee
FDA has announced a public meeting, open comments on reauthorization of med device user fee program set to expire October 1, 2017. [More]
New Preferred Provider: AON
MichBio is pleased to announce a new offering in our preferred provider program: executive liability insurance through AON, the largest insurance broker and risk management advisor in the word. [Learn more]
Read the Spring Issue of BioMatters
Editor's note for p. 11: Karen Basha, RN is the director of operations for MICHMER.
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