Xconomy Opens in Detroit to Tell a Vital Story of Innovation and Economic Transformation
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will help keep talent in the state. All this will be enhanced by our events, which are aimed at bringing people together to share and discuss what they have learned.
Leading our on-the-ground coverage in Michigan is Xconomy Detroit correspondent Howard Lovy, an experienced (and prize-winning) writer about science, technology, and innovation who in 2001 was part of the launch team at Small Times, a nanotechnology publication based in Ann Arbor, MI. Howard has also written for Wired News, Salon.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, The Scientist, Michigan Messenger, and The Ann Arbor Chronicle, among other publications. We’re extremely happy to have him working with us, and I think you’ll see from his posts that he lives and breathes the ethos of Michigan.
But Howard will not be alone. He will be working closely with the whole editorial team, with Midwest expats Wade and Luke, in particular, focusing on Detroit in their roles as chief correspondent and national biotech editor, respectively.
In each of our cities, Xconomy’s outstanding editorial team is supported by a group of advisors we call Xconomists, whose ranks include some of the world’s leading innovators. We are extremely pleased to launch Xconomy Detroit with a great and fast-growing body of Detroit Xconomists (listed here) who include David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research; angel investor Terry Cross, a founding member of the Michigan Venture Capital Association; University of Michigan dean of engineering David Munson Jr.; Roger Newton, founder of Esperion and former SVP for Pfizer Global R&D; Gilbert Omenn, director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Computational Medicine and Biology and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and entrepreneur Ann Marie Sastry, CEO of battery maker Sakti3.
We are also incredibly fortunate to have the support of some forward-looking underwriters and partners in Michigan. First and foremost is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, whose vision and support really made Xconomy Detroit possible. And right alongside the Kauffman Foundation are a group of others who believe in what we are doing and see how important better coverage of the Detroit innovation scene is: the law firm Dykema, the Science & Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DTE Energy Ventures, Flagship Ventures, RPM Ventures, MichBio, TechTown, and the Bank of Ann Arbor. Thank you to one and all.
We are extremely excited to come to Detroit, and we’re proud to join the local innovation community, which has embraced us incredibly warmly over the last several months, as we worked to get Xconomy Detroit off the ground. We really hope you like what Xconomy is doing, and look forward to hearing how you think we can do it even better at firstname.lastname@example.org.