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MSU Technologies Hires Experienced Technology Transfer Leader Brian Wright

Brian Wright recently joined the MSU Technologies (MSUT) team as the new Associate Director, reporting to Anne Di Sante, Executive Director. Wright brings more than 20 years of experience to MSUT and believes that with his technology management background, he can help make an immediate, positive impact at MSUT by increasing faculty engagement, building on …


MSU Innovation Center welcomes new Patent Assistant

Stephanie Taylor has recently joined the MSU Innovation Center’s Intellectual Property (IP) team. Taylor will work as a Patent Assistant, working with MSU faculty members and the Innovation Center’s patent attorneys to determine what intellectual property protections are available for the innovations being developed across MSU’s campus. Taylor graduated from Colorado Technical University with a …


MSU Innovation Center’s Newest MTA/CDA/DUA Agreement Coordinator

In April 2022, Audrey Grantz was appointed CDA/MTA/DUA Coordinator, officially joining the CDA/MTA/DUA team. While working at MSU, she has negotiated material transfer agreements (MTA), Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA), and many Data Usage Agreements (DUA). Audrey’s responsibilities in this position focus on ensuring faculty intellectual property are protected through these agreements. Grantz brings an outside …


Leon Ma Takes on New Position as Assistant Director of Corporate Relations

This October, Leon Ma was appointed to the role of Assistant Director of Corporate Relations. His new position holds responsibility for business intelligence research. With Ma’s background in industry analytics, he will be a crucial asset to the growth of the Innovation Center’s Corporate Relations team. Before joining the Corporate Relations team, Ma worked as …


Making Large-Scale Quantum Computing a Reality

For decades, a large-scale quantum computer has only been a theoretical possibility. Yet, the wide range of potential applications of quantum computing has led to numerous universities and corporations dedicating significant resources to unlocking its potential. Quantum computing promises to solve computational problems that are too complex for even the most advanced classical computer. Unlocking …


Intern Highlight: Hannah Holycross

Hannah Holycross is a Communications/PR intern with the MSU Innovation Center. She is currently pursuing a Journalism degree at Michigan State and hopes to graduate in the spring of 2026. Hannah hopes to increase awareness of the MSU Innovation center to a wider audience and to promote the cutting-edge research and technology being created at …


FAA grant supports MSU researchers studying PFAS remediation at Grand Rapids airport

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Five Michigan State University scientists are part of a pilot project to investigate PFAS remediation strategies at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The $1.2 million project is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration and a matching contribution from the GFIA. MSU will receive roughly $300,000. Leading …


Intern Highlight: Breanna Berry

Breanna Berry works with the communications team at the Innovation Center as a student intern. Berry’s focus is mainly on videography and social media. Berry’s time at the Innovation Center has allowed her to further develop her skillset in the profession. She often works to create video content that will be used on the Innovation …


Intern Highlight: Raven Lapaix

Raven Lapaix is a student intern for the MSU Innovation Center. She works with the communications team and is currently working on a new social media campaigns and Website development to help revamp the Innovation Center. “As a new communications intern I have mainly focused on social media presence and how it can be better,” …


MSU Innovation Center welcomes new project grant manager

MSU alumna Audrey Grantz recently joined the MSUT Agreement Team and assists the team with processing numerous data use, material transfer, and confidentiality agreements for the tech transfer arm of the Innovation Center. “As a researcher and grant project manager, I interacted with Michigan State University and served faculty from institutions across the globe for …


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