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Michigan State University has a long history of successful partnerships with the business community and a hard-earned reputation for creatively applying knowledge to real-world problems. A number of MSU centers provide resources that support business development.

As a result of a partnership between the city of East Lansing, MSU and the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority, the offices of the MSU Innovation Center – which includes MSU Technologies (the university’s technology transfer unit), MSU Business-CONNECT (the university’s ‘front door’ for business relationships), and Spartan Innovations (the university’s business creation unit) – are now located in the city’s SmartZone space adjacent to the East Lansing Technology Innovation Center. The facility also houses The Hatch, which provides coworking space for prospective, creative, and innovative college entrepreneurs ready to develop their business ideas.

The MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio was established in spring 2003 with funds from the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station (now known as AgBioResearch) and Michigan State University Extension to improve economic opportunities in the Michigan agriculture, food and natural resource sectors. The business experts in the center work with any and all entrepreneurs or existing businesses that are interested in pursuing new ventures, either new businesses or new products and services, related to agriculture, food, bioeconomy or natural resource industries.

The MSU Bioeconomy Institute, Holland, Mich., provides chemical pilot plant scale-up production and conducts sponsored research and testing for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities of all sizes. It also offers business incubation opportunities and extensive laboratory space rental, as well as educational programming and training.

Pros, Cons of Tinkering with Plants’ Light-Harvesting Capacity

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
cyanobacteria

We all learned about photosynthesis in school: Plants convert light energy into chemical energy, and that fuels most of the planet’s living beings. Yes… but not quite. Beronda…

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$2 Mil. Gift to Fund Research on Bridges

Friday, July 8, 2016
Mackinac Bridge on Sunday July 5, 2015.

The largest single donation ever given to Michigan State University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will enhance research focused on the nation’s strained transportation infrastructure. A couple…

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Michiganders Upbeat About Economy

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Charles Ballard

Michigan residents remain confident about the economy with better than half of them calling their current circumstances excellent or good, according to Michigan State University’s State of the…

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Helping Co-Workers Can Wear You Out

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Russell Johnson

Helping your co-workers too often can lead to mental and emotional exhaustion and hurt your job performance, a new study suggests. Reporting in the Journal of Applied Psychology,…

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Nakasone Uses Technology, Teenagers to Reach Farmers

Monday, June 13, 2016
Eduardo Nakasone

In rural areas of developing countries, information can move slowly. For farmers in those countries, this speed has consequences for their business decisions. “Fifteen years ago, farmers had…

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Energy-Saving Devices Work – If You Use Them Correctly

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
design for a "smart house"

A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it. A new study led by Michigan State University…

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‘Saving Draggy’ Game Helps Kids Learn Financial Concepts

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Saving Draggy

The Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab at MSU, part of the Media and Information (M&I) department in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtSci), recently…

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AgBioResearch Announces Public Field Days

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Combine plowing soybean field

Members of the Michigan agriculture industry and others are invited to tour several of the Michigan State University (MSU) research facilities this summer during the annual field day…

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Timothy Busfield to Join MSU as Artist-in-Residence

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Photo of the College of Comm Arts building

Emmy-awarding actor Timothy Busfield will join Michigan State University as an artist-in-residence in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. In this new role, Busfield will co-teach courses…

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‘Food Hubs’ Grow on Consumer Interest in Local Food

Friday, May 13, 2016
four food groups

The “food hub” model is proving to be financially successful across a variety of legal structures and markets, according to a newly published report from the Michigan State…

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