Michigan Economic Development Corporation - MEDC Release: MichBio's BioConnections Program Keeps Jobs And Skilled Workers In The Vital Michigan Life Sciences Industry 
10/19/2005 5:09:59 PM

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- MichBio's BioConnections Program, established to further the success and development of life science start-ups, is expanding its service offering to Michigan's life sciences businesses. "Helping to connect people to jobs in Michigan is a primary goal of the BioConnections program," says Dr. Michael D. Witt, executive director of MichBio.

According to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation report "Ready for the Next Leap Forward: A Competitive Assessment and Strategic Plan to Develop Michigan's Life Science Industry" ( ), Michigan has seen the fastest growth in the nation for its life sciences industry. Over 70 new companies have made Michigan their home over the last three years, making over 540 companies and nearly 32,000 workers in total who are developing Michigan's life science industry.

MichBio, Michigan's Life Science Industry Association, has brought together a collaborative team of industry partners to help the emerging life science companies grow in Michigan. Funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the BioConnections program provides subsidized support to help employers recruit and develop a dynamic workforce. Employers can qualify for subsidies ranging from 25% up to 100% on certain BioConnections programs. A simple one-page eligibility form is all that is needed for a company to determine which BioConnections programs and what percentage subsidies are available to them.

The new expanded features of BioConnections include: 1) Extending the pilot paid internship program throughout Michigan.

2) Streamlining the BioConnections website, making it easier for companies to apply for subsidies and job seekers to search for new opportunities.

3) Creating community partnerships, like the recent alliance between BioConnections and the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute at The University of Michigan, providing six subsidized business-school/MBA internships for start-up life science companies this summer.

4) Targeted promotions to help cash-strapped start-ups. For example, offering a BioSpace.Com job posting through BioConnections throughout the month of March 2004 for just $25 per posting, regularly priced at $175.

5) Assisting life science companies that are without large human resources staff by fully subsidizing expert search consultants to work with them on custom projects for their company. Examples of this are:

- Human resources position assessment and job description development - Industry identification of talent - Assistance with interviewing, skill assessment and referencing

Companies and job seekers interested in the program can find program details at the BioConnections website located at or they can contact Andrea Kelly, BioConnections program director by calling 734-615-9670 or via email

About BioConnections

BioConnections is Michigan's response to finding qualified candidates with specialized skills to fill positions in the life sciences industry. BioConnections is a collaborative program of industry partners including the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), STATPROBE On-Site, a full- service staffing firm, Search Masters International (SMI), a scientific and executive retained search firm, the Washtenaw Development Council, the lead economic development organization for the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti area, and BioSpace, a web resource for jobs, news and information for the life sciences market. The BioConnections program is funded by a three year, $1.1 million grant from the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor and is administered by MichBio, the state association for life sciences companies.

About MichBio

MichBio is dedicated to driving life sciences industry growth within the State of Michigan. For new and established biosciences companies, MichBio provides a community focal point by offering networking and educational events, a roster of support services, and a portal to state and national information. MichBio represents biosciences companies, academic and research institutions, bioscience service providers and related organizations. MichBio is focusing on the human resource, funding, and infrastructure issues affecting the state bioscience industry. MichBio is affiliated with BIO, the national organization that represents biotechnology companies across American and in 33 other nations. Please visit for more information.


CONTACT: Andrea Kelly, BioConnections Program Director, +1-734-615-9670