Speakers Announced For Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium has announced speakers for the event, to be held May 16-17 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

The 36th annual MGCS, the Midwest’s largest venture capital and startup showcase, will feature nearly 60 high-growth companies  presenting from around the United States that span the life sciences and technology industries.

There will also be two keynote presentations and four panel discussions by industry leaders. More than 500 entrepreneurs, researchers, investment professionals and business executives are expected to attend.

Check out the agenda at http://www.MichiganGCS.com. Those attending from outside the Detroit area may reserve a room at the Marriott before 3 p.m. Friday, April 21 to receive a discounted rate of $154 a night.

Clay Thorp of Hatteras Ventures and Markus Limpinen of Crowd Valley headline an impressive roster of respected industry speakers.

Other speakers include Jim Adox, Venture Investors; Sundu Brahmasandra, NeuMoDx Molecular; Mike Blue, Histosonics; Markus Limpenen, Crowd Valley; Clay Thorp, Hatteras Ventures; Larry Berlin, First Analysis Corp.; Don Layden, Baird Capital; Jonathan Murray, Draper Triangle Ventures; Steve Robert, Autobooks; Joan Susie, Bank Director; Justin Field, National Venture Capital Association; Anna Haghgooie, Sandbox Industries; David Kereiakes, River Cities Capital Funds; Dan Kidle, Arboretum Ventures; Ibraheem Badejo, J&J Innovation Center; Sandra Cochrane, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine; Bill Mayer, Ann Arbor Spark;   Karen Spilizewski, RiverVest Venture Partners and BioEnterprise Corp.

The full list of selected presenting companies will be announced a few weeks prior to the event. Here’s a look at a partial list:

  • Clicktivated – An “amplified video engagement” system for brands looking to create an enhanced interactive user experience
  • TAI Diagnostics – A biotechnology company focused on providing a non-invasive and highly sensitive diagnostic test to monitor the health of transplanted organs in patients who have received solid organ transplants
  • TibaRay, Inc. – A medical device company inventing the next generation of radiation therapy systems, particle accelerators, radio frequency sources and components
  • Neurotherapia – A medical therapeutics company focused on discovering and developing new chemicals for the treatment of neuroinflammatory disease
  • Carrot Wellness – A mobile app designed to encourage users to lead healthier, more active lives
  • WayMark – A Detroit-based mobile and online service that allows local businesses to create and manage digital advertising
  • Histosonics – A medical device company focused on developing Robotically Assisted Sonic Therapy (RAST), a completely non-invasive, focused ultrasound treatment
  • Opticyte – A University of Washington spinout formed to commercialize a next-generation oximeter that will allow clinicians real-time monitoring of cellular oxygenation and perfusion.
  • Atlas Space Operations – A provider of cloud based space access in the rapidly growing global space market

To register for the event or for more information, visit www.michigangcs.org.

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