KALAMAZOO (WWJ) — Over the years, I’ve started the fall Tech Tour in Chicago, at a conference that celebrated a now-largely-forgotten technology called WiMax.
Other times, I’ve started near home, and worked my way Up North.
This year’s Fall Tech Tour is starting and ending in Kalamazoo, near my ancestral homelands. Next Friday, I’ll be visiting my friends in the tech transfer office of Western Michigan University — asking, as I always do on the Tech Tour, to see their coolest science projects that have the potential to be new Michigan tech companies.
But this week, it was checking out the latest in Michigan’s pharmaceutical and medical device industries, at the annual Conference and Expo of MichBio, the state’s bioscience industries association, at downtown Kalamazoo’s beautiful Radisson Plaza Hotel.
MichBio executive director Stephen Rapundalo said numbers were up for the conference this year in terms of sponsors and exhibitors. Those exhibitors ranged from biotech startups to incubators to service providers like accountants, public relations consultants and intellectual property law firms.