April, 2024 - MSU Innovation Center

On the brink of breakthrough

College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Kuo Lab begins collaborative research on innovative Alzheimer’s disease treatment Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is often described as a cruel disease because it strips away memories, personality, cognitive functioning and autonomy. Lucinda Willaims, musician and daughter of a person with AD, likens the progressively degenerative neurological disease to many small deaths: “The thing about Alzheimer’s …


MSU researchers turn the tide for safer, healthier water

MSU Today

Few institutions in the world are positioned to address changes in our climate better than leading research universities. They play a critical role in advancing our understanding of climate science and its impacts, training leaders in emerging fields, educating the public and spurring innovation. In a world that feels unpredictable, Michigan State University is meeting …


Bachmann’s pioneering DFMO research leads to FDA-approved lifesaving cancer drug

College of Human Medicine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug to treat neuroblastoma, an often-fatal pediatric cancer, based on pioneering research by College of Human Medicine professor André Bachmann. The FDA approved a tablet form of a drug called difluoromethylornithine, or DFMO (synonym eflornithine), developed in 1978 and later used to treat West African sleeping …


MSU’s Timothy Grotjohn Inducted as NAI Fellow

Michigan State University’s Timothy Grotjohn, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for its 2023 class for his work on diamond process and device research and development. This prestigious recognition honors Grotjohn’s contributions to the field of diamond synthesis …


From Prototype to Purpose: ReelFree’s Mission to Enhance Elderly Care

 East Lansing, MI – When Alexander and Austin Pollock were growing up, their grandfather, a Michigan State alum, took them to Grandparents University. Though they could not have known it then, their grandfather was not only steering them towards attending his alma mater but years later, he became the inspiration for a company they created …


Powering the Future: RedoxBlox’s Renewable Energy Storage Revolution 

East Lansing, MI – To reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change, more companies are moving away from their dependence on fossil fuels and turning to sources of renewable energy. RedoxBlox, a new company founded on technology developed at MSU and now based in San Diego, expands renewable energy sources and strengthens grid stability by …


Micro Technologies, Macro Impact: Wen Li’s Sensor Revolution 

East Lansing, MI – As a Professor with Michigan State University’s (MSU) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Wen Li’s research interests range from microelectromechanical systems, nanoelectromechanical systems, microsensors, and actuators to biomimetic devices and systems; from microfluidic and lab-on-chip systems to microsystem integration and packaging technologies.    “My team specializes in micro technologies, that is, …


Building Bridges: The Collaborative Composite Revolution at Michigan State University 

East Lansing, MI – For over 25 years, Michigan State University (MSU) has spearheaded research and education in composite materials. These engineered materials combine two or more constituent materials to develop new materials with unique characteristics such as weight reduction, enhanced strength and durability, corrosion resistance, and minimized environmental impact.   Dr. Mahmoodul Haq, Associate Professor …


Revolutionizing Immunity: The Q Beta Breakthrough 

East Lansing, MI – Xuefei Huang’s lifelong research has been focused on building tools to recognize and target carbohydrates. Not the carbohydrates commonly found in our food, clothing, paper, etc., but carbohydrates found on cell surfaces. “Human cells, bacteria surfaces, some virus surfaces; they all have carbohydrates,” says Huang. “What we’re interested in is developing …


Bacterial Alchemy: Transforming Microbes into Nutraceutical Factories 

East Lansing, MI – Björn Hamberger, an associate professor at Michigan State University (MSU) in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, tells the story of a pre-homo sapiens man buried in a cave in Iraq surrounded by many flowering plants. “We know some of these plants today as powerful antimalarials,” says Hamberger. Humans knew …


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