ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2004 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) announced today eight of the 32 presenting companies at this year's 23rd annual symposium. The symposium will feature two tracks of companies: one in life sciences and the other in information technology, nanotechnology and alternative energy. The companies will present on the second day of the two-day event held June 15 and 16 at the University of Michigan Business School. "Eight members of the Michigan Venture Capital Association and several more from the leading Midwest VC firms comprised this year's Michigan Growth Capital Symposium company selection committee," said Dr. David J. Brophy, director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance. "More than 140 companies applied and the top 32 have been selected to present in two concurrent tracks at this year's symposium." The 2004 MGCS conference will showcase 32 companies carefully screened by the members of the Midwest venture capital community in information technology, life sciences, nanotechnology, and alternative energy. These companies represent the highest quality deals in the Midwest. In addition, the conference will include 18 new company concepts as poster presentations. These business concepts are being developed at the leading research universities and corporate technology transfer groups in the Midwest and nationally. Presenting companies in the field of life sciences include: * Angstrom Medica, Inc., based in Newton, MA, is a company utilizing nanotechnology for orthopedic devices. * HandyLab, Inc., based in Ann Arbor, MI, manufactures small, low-cost nucleic acid and protein-based analysis systems. * MR Instruments, based in Minneapolis, MN, develops innovative MR coil technologies and solutions. * QuatRX Pharmaceuticals, based in Ann Arbor, MI, focuses on drug therapies for endocrine, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. Presenting companies in the field of information technology and nanotechnology include: * EcoDuro, Inc., based in Ann Arbor, MI, is a manufacturer of engineered shipping pallets made from alternative materials. * NEI Corporation, based in Piscataway, NJ, is a company utilizing nanotechnology and chemistry to enhance manufactured goods. * nPoint, Inc., based in Madison, WI, is a manufacturer of ultra- precision positioning and motion control devices. * Trivium Technologies, Inc., based in Cleveland, OH, has patented optical film technology for improved LCD displays. MGCS is June 15 and 16 at the University of Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Further agenda details and online registration for the event are available at http://www.MichiganGCS.com . About the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium During the past 23 years, the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium has earned a reputation as the conference "where deals get done" between aspiring entrepreneurs and noted venture capitalists. The conference, hosted by The University of Michigan Business School Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity, is one of a series of nationally recognized venture capital, private equity finance seminars and investor events presented by the Center. 2004 Gold Sponsors include Delphi Technologies Inc., Dykema Gossett, Michigan Capital Partners, LLC, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Venture Capital Association, and the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. 2004 Silver Sponsors include Foley & Lardner, Miller Canfield, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dr. David J. Brophy, director of the Center, teaches and conducts research on private equity markets. For more information and to register, visit the Web site at http://www.MichiganGCS.com .
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