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Recap: 2017 Biosciences Day at the Capitol

Friday, April 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
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This week, MichBio held its 2017 Michigan Biosciences Day at the Capitol, bringing representatives from member bioscience companies, academic research institutions, non-profit organizations, and other industry professionals. The full day event offered members the opportunity to meet with Michigan’s elected officials and staff, and communicate directly the importance of a supportive government to a healthy and sustainable biosciences community.

Governor Snyder issued a proclamation recognizing the day as Michigan Biosciences Industry Day; and the House and Senate both passed resolutions similarly acknowledging the bio-industry’s impact to the state’s economy and patient health.

Innovate Michigan, a new statewide alliance, was launched coincident with the Day at the Capitol. The coalition consists of businesses and organizations, as well as academic, government and community leaders, who’ve joined to enhance the public’s understanding of Michigan’s bio-industry.

The day included a legislative orientation for members, direct meetings with legislators pre-scheduled by MichBio, and two legislative briefing options for elected officials and/or staff. Additionally, during lunch, members heard from former Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus, and current Chief of Staff for Governor Snyder, speak to the importance of the bio-industry to Michigan’s economy and the need for executives and industry leaders to engage with policymakers and spearhead a bio-industry growth initiative. The day ended with a legislative reception.

The event resulted in approximately three dozen direct legislative office meetings, and another fifteen attended the briefings and/or reception. It was great turnout, and the discussions reflected a keen interest in the state’s bio-industry.

Follow up meetings with legislators are planned, as are visits to bioscience facilities around the state.

Many thanks to the MichBio members who tracked multiple miles of walking from office to office, and put in long ten-hour day advocating on behalf of Michigan’s bio-industry. Similarly, the efforts of the Biosciences Legislative Caucus co-chairs, Sens. Schuitmaker and Warren, and Reps. Tedder and Hammoud, are greatly appreciated in securing passage of the legislative resolutions and participation of their colleagues.

 

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