2004 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Announces First Two Tracks of Presenting Companies High quality companies in life sciences and IT/nanotechnology present

at 23rd annual symposium

    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
     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 .

SOURCE Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

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