WMU News

Stryker business unit locating at BTR Park

April 16, 2005

KALAMAZOO--One of the nation's leading firms in the life sciences and advanced engineering arena is set to add its name and presence to Western Michigan University's Business Technology and Research Park, when it becomes the 26th corporate partner to take up residence there late this spring.

Stryker's Interventional Pain Business Unit will occupy about 5,000 square feet in the Granite Park I building later this spring. The BTR Park location will be used for research and development, sales, marketing and administration, and about 20 Stryker employees will be based there.

Stryker's commitment to the park completes occupancy in the Granite Park I building, which opened in 2003. The building currently is occupied by Blue Granite, an information technology firm, and DLZ, a national engineering firm. The Kalleward Group of Kalamazoo is the contractor responsible for building out the new Stryker space.

Stryker managers have met with the leadership of WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and expect to explore a number of areas in which the company and college can collaborate, especially in such disciplines as industrial design and materials engineering.

"We are pleased to locate the company's Interventional Pain Business Unit in the WMU Business Technology and Research Park," says J. Patrick Anderson, Stryker vice president for strategy and communications. "The facilities and resources available in the park make this a very attractive location for this segment of our business."

Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. is a leader in the worldwide orthopaedic market and is one of the world's largest medical device companies. Stryker offers the most broadly-based range of orthopaedic products and has a significant presence in other medical specialties. Stryker's Interventional Pain Business Unit specializes in early treatment and less invasive solutions for effective management of pain. The innovative products that are available range from minimally invasive surgical tools to unique pain management systems.

WMU's Business Technology and Research Park shares the University's 265-acre Parkview Campus with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Launched in 1999, the park is home to companies in the fields of advanced engineering, information technology and life sciences. The park is one of 11 sites around Michigan designated as a SmartZone by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Information is available at <www.wmich.edu/btr>.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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