WMU News

Trustees to discuss life sciences in special meeting

July 28, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Board of Trustees will convene by phone in a special conference call meeting set for 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 30.

WMU President Judith I. Bailey and members of her administration will meet in the Connable Board Room in the Bernhard Center to take part in the conference call meeting with board members, which will be called to order by Birgit Klohs, chairperson of the board. The meeting is open to the public.

Board members will discuss the establishment of a Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center at WMU as well as the creation of a research foundation at the University.

Earlier this month, both houses of the Michigan legislature approved supplemental funding of $10 million to be used to launch a Bioscience Research and Commercialization Center in Kalamazoo County. The legislation is awaiting the signature of Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Such an entity would be a national center that would utilize Michigan's pharmaceutical development skills to support commercialization of discoveries in the life sciences.

Media contact: Matt Kurz, 269 387-8400, matt.kurz@wmich.edu

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