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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 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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Can Mobile Phones be Secured with a Fingerprint?

Friday, May 12, 2017
Arun Ross

No two people are believed to have identical fingerprints, but researchers from New York University and Michigan State University have found that partial similarities between prints are common…

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Helping Coworkers in the Morning Can Lead to Afternoon Selfishness

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Russell Johnson

If you show up at work tired, you may want to focus strictly on your own tasks. New research suggests helping coworkers in the morning can lead to…

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Public Skeptical of Research If Tied to a Company

Monday, May 8, 2017
John Besley, Aaron McCright, Kevin Elliot and Norbert Kaminski

When it comes to research warning us about the latest health risks or touting the latest cure, a new Michigan State University study indicates that many people won’t…

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Climate Change, Tornadoes and Mobile Homes: A Dangerous Mix

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Aftermath of category 4 tornado that touched down in small town in Indiana

Tornadoes and mobile homes don’t mix to begin with, but throw in the volatility of climate change and the potential for massive property damage and deaths is even…

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How Ex-Convicts Should Approach a Job Interview

Monday, May 1, 2017
Abdifatah Ali and Ann Marie Ryan

For the best chance of getting hired, former inmates should apologize for their criminal past to potential employers, indicates new research that comes amid the nationwide “ban-the-box” movement….

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Charisma-Challenged? You Can Still Be a Good Boss

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Brent Scott and Russell Johnson

You don’t need the charisma of Steve Jobs to be an effective boss, indicates new research led by Michigan State University business scholars. In a series of five…

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Chemist, Plant Scientist Win Innovation Awards

Friday, April 14, 2017
James Dye and gregg Howe

Two faculty members from the College of Natural Science (NatSci) were among the honorees at the 7th annual Michigan State University Innovation Celebration on April 12. The MSU…

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