Expand Your Talent Pool with MedTech and BioTech Vets

Date(s) - 13 Nov 2014
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation @ GateWay

Join AZBio and MVPvets at CEI on Thursday, November 13, 2014 to learn how hiring Veterans can be a great growth strategy for your business and to enjoy some after hours networking.


Veterans make great leaders,  team members and partners for growing biotech and medtech companies.

Don’t just take our word  for it.  Go to the bottom of this page to see our AZBio Veteran’s Day tribute that includes just a few of the Vet’s working in AZBio Member Companies.

Now AZBio is proud to partner along with AdvaMed, BIO, and Life Collaborative to support our Veterans (and our member businesses) by introducing you to MVPvets.


The mission of MVPvets is to assist with re-careering for thousands of transitioning military veterans in order to help prepare them for meaningful employment in the life sciences. We accomplish this by bringing Veterans, Mentors, and Companies together in a live and virtual collaborative learning environment.

There are three components of the MedTech & BioTech Veterans Program – the Online Collaborative Portal, Live Re-Careering events, and Online training through Life Collaborative.


MVP is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.



4:00 PM – Registration and Networking

4:30 PM -Presentation by Mike Grice of MVPvets

5:30 PM After hours networking and refreshments

7:00 PM event concludes

Location:  The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at GateWay Community College

Note:  The AZBio Government Affairs call will take place at its regularly scheduled time of 3 PM on 11/13. AZBio Members are welcome to join Joan at CEI for the call.

This is a FREE AZBio Event.

Please Register Here so that we have a name tag for you


 About Our Speaker:Mike-Grice

Mike Grice, COO of MVPvets is a former United States Marine with extensive experience in military transition, veterans issues, and helping link those who have served in uniform with meaningful and impactful careers in the Life Sciences industry. In addition, he is a highly respected and acclaimed leader with experience ranging from small teams to large organizations in uncertain, changing, and crisis laden environments. As a U.S. Marine he has commanded combat units in both Iraq and Afghanistan where he was decorated for heroism, leadership, and meritorious service. He was selected as the Distinguished Leadership Graduate of the Officer Basic School and he is a recipient of the Marine Corps’ premier leadership award, the Leftwich Trophy. Since his transition from the Marine Corps in 2012, Mike has been helping other veterans make the transition from the military to the civilian world and corporate sector, and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the MedTech and BioTech Veterans Program (MVPvets.org).

MVPvets helps transitioning military and veterans recareer into the Medical Technology, Biology Technology, and Pharmaceutical sectors.

He is the author of “Orders to Nowhere”, which is the after-action report of his transition from a 27 year career in the Marines back to the civilian world. He blogs about military transition and veterans issues at www.orderstonowhere.com. In addition to helping veterans, Mike is a recognized and acclaimed influencer in the area of leadership and executive decisionmaking. He is the president of The Decisive Leadership Group, and has been an invited speaker or guest lecturer at the University of San Diego, University of Southern California, and the University of California at San Diego. Mike is profiled along with Jeff Bezos, Jay Leno, and others in the book “Golden Opportunity: Remarkable Careers that Began at McDonald’s”.

A Salute to our AZBio Veterans

Special thanks to The Rowdy Johnson Band with lead singer (and AZBio Member) Rowdy Johnson of  SynCardia Systems, Inc. for permission to use their song “America’s Best” in our  Tribute to AZBio Veterans.

Enjoy the video  and feel free to sing along!