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MichBio Expo Seeks Nominees For Awards

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) -- MichBio, the state's biotechnology industry group, is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the MichBio Expo in October.

Nominations are due by Sept. 1 for these two awards:

* "Innovator of the Year" Award: Do you know an individual in the Michigan bioscience community who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge and understanding of biological processes through a technology, process or product either in an academic or commercial setting in the past year?

* "Good to Great" Award: Is there a Michigan bioscience company that, in your opinion, has raised the bar for everyone else? A company whose business concept, entrepreneurialism, leadership and work ethic have combined to produce a leap forward in the past year that either has now, or has the potential, to have an important quality of life impact for people?

All nominations are due by Sept. 1 to Dave McGuire at

Sponsorships are also available at the expo at prices ranging from $500 to $5,000. To secure a sponsorship, contact Wendy Kwapis at (734) 527-9147 or

The keynote speaker for the event is Stelios Papadopoulos, co-founder and chairman of the board of Exelixis Inc., chairman of the board of Regulus Therapeutics Inc., and a member of the board of directors of Biogen Idec Inc., BG Medicine Inc., and Joule Unlimited Inc. He is also a co-founder, member of the board, and at times chairman, of both Anadys Pharmaceuticals Inc., acquired by Hoffman - La Roche in 2011, and Cellzome Inc., acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2012). In the not-for-profit sector, Papadopoulos is a co-founder and chairman of Foundation Santé and a member of the board of visitors of Duke Medicine.

The event will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 15 and 16, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. The MichBio Expo & Conference is Michigan's premier bioscience event drawing the largest gathering of bioscience professionals in the state.

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