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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.

Michigan’s On-the-Job Deaths Rise in Agriculture

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Kenneth Rosenman with tractor

An estimated 138 on-the-job deaths occurred in Michigan last year, with tractor-related deaths increasing, according to preliminary figures from an annual Michigan State University report. The 2015 figure…

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MSU Becomes a Regional Export Network Hub

Monday, April 25, 2016
Tomas Hult

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has selected Michigan State University as one of four statewide locations for its Regional Export Network. The three other locations in the network…

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Fighting Counterfeit Medicines on Global Level

Monday, April 25, 2016
John Spink

Around the world, especially in developing nations, counterfeit medicines are a real problem. Until now, in many countries there hasn’t been a standard protocol to conduct investigations and…

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Three MSU Researchers Celebrated as Top Innovators

Friday, April 15, 2016
Basso, Reguera, Asmussen

Three Michigan State University professors have been recognized for their accomplishments in innovative technology and research during the sixth annual MSU Innovation Celebration. The center recognizes the MSU…

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The Cheat: How Volkswagen Tried to Fool Emissions Testing

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Arvind Thiruvengadam

West Virginia researcher Arvind Thiruvengadam, the scientist who discovered the elevated levels of emissions in Volkswagon vehicles, will speak Tuesday, April 19 at Michigan State University. Thiruvengadam’s talk…

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Lai Awarded $500,000 for Bi-Functional Battery Research

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Wei Lai

Wei Lai, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science in the MSU College of Engineering, has been awarded a five-year $500,000 NSF Faculty Early Career Development…

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The Future of America, Forgotten in 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Lou Anna K. Simon

Editor’s Note: Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon wrote the following opinion piece for U.S. News and World Report. Simon is also chair of the Association…

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MSU Researchers Finding Ways to Make Cars Lighter, Stronger

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Mahmood Haq, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, display composite materials at the composite vehicle research center on Monday January 25, 2016.

If automakers want to reach the federal mandate of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, they are going to have to come up with ways of making cars…

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New App to Help Flint Residents With Lead Water

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Flint River

People living in Flint affected by the ongoing water situation now have a new tool to navigate the available community resources. A new mobile device app called “Empower…

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MSU Spinoff Offers New SAT Prep Tools

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The SAT, which high school juniors in Michigan are now required to take, is causing angst among teachers and students, but a new writing curriculum designed by a…

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