Staff Highlights - MSU Innovation Center

A New Tool to Fight Cancer, Infections, Addiction

A soccer ball-shaped, nanoparticle-sized vaccine delivery platform called Q-Beta might hold the key to unlocking treatments for any number of viruses and diseases—from cancers to infections and even opioid addiction—thanks to the work of a research team that got its start at Michigan State University (MSU). This groundbreaking research is currently being done by Dr. …


Closing in on a Cure: Unlocking New Avenues in Parkinson’s Disease Treatment 

“As a Parkinson’s disease neurobiologist, I am trying to uncover causes of Parkinson’s as well as potential treatments to slow or halt the disease,” says Caryl E. Sortwell, Ph.D., Professor of Translational Neuroscience, Department of Translational Neuroscience, in the MSU College of Human Medicine. She also studies ways to optimize the efficacy of therapies that …



Exploring Intellectual Property and Legal Pathways

Michigan State University’s Innovation Center is the focal point for supporting, creating, and launching innovative ideas that originated from our faculty. The MSU Innovation Center strictly focuses on fostering innovations, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization.   While Michigan State University’s Innovation Center is the core, there are key components and initiatives that the MSU Innovation Center includes. …


Future Patent Attorney Internship Experience

At Michigan State University, research unfolds daily as researchers introduce their creative ideas and innovations. However, there is one unique place on campus that is dedicated to translating those discoveries into tangible products.   With these discoveries, The MSU Innovation Center is the core of creating partnerships that will develop economic value from the research efforts …


Lab to Marketplace: MSU Technologies IP & Commercialization Intern

One of the pillars of Michigan State University’s Innovation Center is MSU Technologies, also known as the technology transfer arm of Michigan State University. Receiving 150-175 unique invention disclosures from MSU inventors every year, MSUT aims to foster the progression of these unique innovations from the lab to the marketplace.   The MSU Innovation Center …


MSU hires Judd Herzer for new mobility director role

Michigan State University today named Judd Herzer as the director of MSU Mobility to help amplify and focus the university’s vast research activities in the smart-vehicle landscape. Satish Udpa, University Distinguished Professor in the College of Engineering at MSU and co-founder of MSU Mobility, has been fulfilling the duties of this newly created role in …


Marketing Update: MSU Innovation Center Introduces New Social Media Intern

Marketing Intern Mikayla Conners is one of the latest members of the MSU Innovation Center. Conners creates media for the Innovation Center’s various social platforms getting the word out about innovations in the MSU community. Conners is majoring in Digital Storytelling and is in her second year at Michigan State University. Outside her marketing work, …


MSU Innovation Center Welcomes Our New Marketing and Communications Writing Intern

Destinee Shelly is the Marketing and Communications Writing Intern for the MSU Innovation Center. Destinee holds responsibilities for storytelling by developing and executing content across multiple channels, including article and blog postings, videos, and graphics on our website, and promoting our department across a variety of social media platforms.  Destinee is currently studying Journalism at …


MSU Innovation Center names Nick Miller Business-CONNECT Executive Director

MSU Business-CONNECT welcomes Nick Miller to the role of Executive Director. Miller brings almost 15 years of corporate relations experience to the Business-CONNECT team. “I am very excited to bring Nick into the Innovation Center leadership team. Nick’s time at the Business Engagement Center at the University of Michigan has provided him with all the …


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