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Western Chapter Meeting

01/03/2018 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Building a West Michigan Life Science Cluster: Doing it Differently by Jerry Callahan, Innovations & Collaborations Officer, Van Andel Institute

January’s presentation will uncover the ‘mysteries’ of west Michigan’s Medical Mile. The Van Andel Institute’s Jerry Callahan will provide an overview of the Institute and how it interacts with the various other west Michigan life science players collaborating to evolve a new medical sciences economy for our community. His talk will provide insights into the methods and areas of life sciences being explored while providing a line of sight on the path to economic impact.

Jerry Callahan brings 20 years of business development and leadership experience in developing businesses in environments of change. Jerry has held numerous executive positions both in launching startup companies, as well as successfully leading startup initiatives for existing organizations. Jerry has been deeply involved in commercial development of life science and education outreach in west Michigan. Jerry has served in the roles of Chief Information Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Supply Chain, and Chief Executive Officer in in the education, research, nutrition, and life science industries. In 2004, Jerry Callahan co-founded Hope River Ventures, Inc. in Grand Rapids Michigan. Hope River Ventures is a private equity investment company focused on the life sciences sector. Educationally Jerry has earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Lunch buffet of pulled Pork, hot dogs, potato salad, bagged chips, cookies and Pepsi products. $20 per person, $10 for students (cash or credit at the door)

New Location: Fifth Third Ballpark (West Michigan Whitecaps), 4500 West River Drive, Comstock Park, MI in The Pepsi Stadium Club. Enter at Gate C. 616.784.4131

RSVP: Please RSVP to Cheryl Scales, PE via e-mail at scalesc@progressiveae.com by 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 27th


11:45 am - 1:15 pm


Cheryl Scales, PE


Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Drive
Comstock Park, MI 49321 United States
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