June, 2020 - MSU Innovation Center

Dear MSU Innovation Center supporters,

We hope this summer edition of our e-news finds you all safe and healthy. For the past several months our staff has been working remotely, connecting regularly with key business and community partners to develop and advance the projects and programs underway at the Innovation Center. It’s been different, but we’ve found new ways to … Continued

MSU’s MTRAC AgBio Innovation Hub Announces 2020 Translational Research Grants

Media Contact Tracy Henion, ander1ta@msu.edu, (517) 899-8130 The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) AgBio Innovation Hub recently announced its 2020 translational research awards. With funding and support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Michigan State University, the Hub funds development of technologies that address commercial needs in the agriculture and industrial life science markets … Continued

Staff Highlight: Keith Rouse

Keith Rouse has joined the MSU Innovation Center team as the new prospecting & strategy analyst. “I’ve always been interested to hear about some of the amazing advances that come out of the university,” Rouse said. “As part of the team at MSU Business CONNECT I’m most excited to be working to help support and facilitate … Continued

MSU secures IP License agreement with Great Lakes Crystal Technologies

Media Contact: Tracy Henion, ander1ta@msu.edu, 517-899-8130 Michigan State University has entered into a license agreement with Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT), a high-tech startup in Michigan’s capital region. The license agreement covers a portfolio of issued and pending patents invented by MSU scientists and engineers in collaboration with their scientific colleagues at the MSU-located Fraunhofer USA Center … Continued

Staff Highlight: Joseph Affholter

Joseph Affholter has joined the MSU Innovation Center team as the Commercialization Program Director Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) AgBio Innovation Hub. Affholter is an experienced entrepreneur, scientist and technology commercialization specialist. As part of the Ag Bio Innovation Hub, he leads the outreach, education, communication and commercialization efforts associated with the MSU MTRAC program. “I love … Continued

Agriculture industry presses on during pandemic

Despite many closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the agriculture industry has continued to progress in these uncertain times to meet supply and demand needs. Farmers and others in the agriculture industry have been declared essential workers by the government to keep up on food production. Mark Seamon, research director of the Michigan Soybean … Continued

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