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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.

Creating a Material Deconstruction and Reuse Economy in West Michigan

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rex LaMore, senior specialist-outreach, Urban & Regional Planning Program, and director, MSU Center for Community & Economic Development, made this presentation at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Holland,…

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MSU’s Research in Connected Autonomous Vehicles for Active Safety

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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MSU Part of Composite Materials Institute in Detroit

Monday, October 9, 2017

Michigan State hosted local students, dignitaries and researchers this morning for the official ribbon cutting and tours launching the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, in Detroit’s…

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MSU Researchers to Use Algae to Reduce Power Plant Emissions

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
T.B. Simon Power Plant

Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project, funded by a $1…

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MSU’s Jain Creates ‘Spoof’ Finger to Test Security

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Do you know how safe it is to use your finger as a security login? And have you wondered how your cell phone knows if your finger is…

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MSU Bioeconomy Institute Making Progress in Storing Renewable Energy

Monday, August 28, 2017

Finding more efficient ways to harness and store renewable energy is the goal of the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, Michigan. Spartan researchers are creating a…

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Sales Newbies: Going Above and Beyond Pays Off

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Stephanie Mangus

Good news for novice salespeople worried about becoming successful: Expressing your gratitude to customers by going above and beyond your job description may be as effective as developing…

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MSU Gets Grant to Fight Tart Cherry Tree Pest

Monday, June 5, 2017
Spotted Wing Drosophila

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, awarded $150,000 today to scientists at Michigan State University…

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Michigan’s Research Universities Drive Progress in Life Sciences

Thursday, June 1, 2017
graphic from URC report

Michigan’s University Research Corridor conducted $1.2 billion in research and development in the health sciences and is a key source of talent, deliverer of care and economic driver…

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Nanomaterial Generates Energy, Acts as Loudspeaker/Mic

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A paper-thin, flexible device created at Michigan State University not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as a loudspeaker and microphone as well, nanotechnology…

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