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MSU MTRAC Awards Six AgBio Translation Grants

The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program (MTRAC) at Michigan State University selected six awardees for grants focusing on key activities required to move technologies out of the lab and into marketable products or services. This program accelerates commercial development science and technology projects in AgBio, one of MSU’s core strengths.

2016 GreenLight Business Model Competition Winners

The fourth annual GreenLight Business Model Competition announces winners of the March 30, 2016 competition. Competitors who impressed the panel of judges were able to win part of the $50,000 in cash prizes, the $25,000 grand prize being the largest, as well as network with numerous Michigan-based entrepreneurs and investors.

MSUFCU GRAND PRIZE ($25,000): Orindi Ventures

SECOND PRIZE ($10,000): Spartan Assays

GreenLight Announces Finalists

Twenty teams of finalists have been selected to compete in the fourth annual GreenLight Business Model Competition. With opportunities to win up to $50,000 in cash prizes, these finalists will present their business concepts in front of an expert panel and live audience at MSU’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Finalist teams include:

Innovate State Adds YouTube Star Tyler Oakley to Lineup

The Innovate State Speaker Series at MSU announces a new addition to this year’s lineup: YouTube superstar Tyler Oakley. Established as one of the most influential LGBT vloggers, Tyler Oakley is an A-Lister in the digital age. Tyler and his best friend Korey Kuhl, both MSU alumni, host Psychobabble, a weekly show that tops the iTunes podcast charts.

MSU pairs with ExxonMobil to advance biofuel research

A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels.

David Kramer, MSU’s John Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics at the MSU-DOE Plant and Research Laboratory (PRL), says that the overall goal of the partnership is to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis in microalgae to produce biofuels and bioproducts.

Startup Provides Unique Brewery Ingredients

A new Michigan State University startup company has found a way to apply Michigan’s role as first in chestnut production to the booming microbrew industry. Treeborn Products craft-roasts chestnuts to be used in the brewing process for both gluten-free and regular ales, stouts and porters.  Their craft-roasting process helps maximize chestnuts’ naturally sweet, nutty flavor.

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