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10th Annual MichBio Expo & Conference to feature keynote by U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD

Companies mentioned in this article: MichBio

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- MichBio, the association for Michigan’s biosciences industry, will welcome hundreds of bioscience professionals and service providers to its 10th Annual Expo & Conference on September 30 and October 1 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, MI. The event, co-hosted by Wayne State University, is the largest annual gathering of Michigan bioscience industry professionals.

The theme of this two-day event is “Regulating Innovation: Advancing Access to Healthcare” and features a keynote address by U.S. FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD on October 1.

As FDA Commissioner, Hamburg advances regulatory science, medical product innovation, and agency globalization, and oversees the implementation of laws to curb the use of tobacco and enhance food safety. Appointed by President Obama in 2009, Hamburg is the second woman to serve as commissioner.

Among its healthcare-related programming, the conference will includes human health and business growth sessions on:

  • FDA Regulation of Drugs and Devices: What Recent Actions Mean for You
  • Payment Reform: Implications for R&D and Commercialization
  • Communicating and Marketing Your Product or Technology in Today’s Healthcare Environment
  • Michigan Support Services for Commercialization and Growth
  • Effective Disease Foundation and Bio-Industry R&D Collaborations
  • Physician, Hospital, and Payer Think: Understanding Healthcare Strategic Decision-Making

The conference agenda also includes the CEOs Unplugged session, “Strategically Building Michigan’s Bio-Industry;” a Bio-Industry Townhall with invited guest former U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI); and a tour of Detroit-area bioscience facilities.

Host Chris Holman from the Michigan Business Network—a 24/7 internet resource for Michigan business news—will be interviewing attendees and broadcasting from the event on October 1.

The event also includes an exhibit hall where bioscience companies and service providers can showcase their products. Booth space is still available and details can be found at

MichBio is currently accepting applications for the Emerging Biosciences Showcase (due August 29) and nominations for the Good to Great and Innovator of the Year awards (due September 5).

More details about the 2014 MichBio Expo & Conference will be posted on the event website as they become available:

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 or follow us on Twitter @MichBio.

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