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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, 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.

MSU’s Hintze Teaches Machines to Teach Themselves

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Arend Hintze

As published in The SciFi Generation and TechXplore. MSU’s Arend Hintze, assistant professor of integrative biology & computer science and engineering, wrote this piece for The Conversation, an independent collaboration between editors…

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MSU Shows Autonomous Vehicle Technology at 2018 NAIAS

Thursday, January 11, 2018
MSU Autonomous Vehicle

As winter swirls around the 2018 North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center, Michigan State University researchers will be there to demonstrate advanced technology aiming to overcome even…

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Older Adults Resent, Fear the ‘Digital Divide’

Friday, January 5, 2018
decorative computer screen

Use of communication technologies, such as the Internet and smartphones, have changed the way that we interact with each other. Many of us benefit from being able to…

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Trends Behind Social Media, Collaboration in Corporations

Friday, January 5, 2018
social media decorative graphic

Wietske Van Osch, an assistant professor of Media and Information at Michigan State University, has found that while social media can easily distract us from our daily tasks, it can…

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Political Advertising and the 2016 Presidential Election

Friday, January 5, 2018
Esther Thorson

Esther Thorson, a professor in the Michigan State University School of Journalism, and a group of her colleagues who once taught or studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been studying…

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MSU’s Khanna Says Bitcoin Not Likely to be the Next Amazon

Friday, December 15, 2017
Naveen Khanna

Like the dot-com bubble before it, the bitcoin craze has a big potential upside – but perhaps an even bigger downside, at least for investors, says a Michigan…

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New MSU Grad Training to Address Shortage of Accelerator Scientists

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Training at MSU's Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

Michigan State University is establishing an Accelerator Science and Engineering Traineeship program to address a national shortage in accelerator scientists and engineers. The AS&E program will bring together MSU’s strengths to…

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MSU Gets NSF Grant to Improve College, Workforce Readiness

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Barbara Schneider

Michigan State University will use a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help more low-income and minority high school students enroll in college. Led by…

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Wine Lovers Should Trust Their Palates, Not ‘Experts’

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Allan Sherwin and Carl Borchrevink

The traditional pairing of wine and food too often misses the mark – leaving people confused and intimated – and should be scrapped in favor of a more…

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Bacteria Community Creates Biodegradable Plastic with Sunlight

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

For all their convenience, plastics are massive environmental headaches. “The main problem is that most synthetic plastic is not completely biodegradable. It cannot be broken down by living…

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