Innovation Celebration 2020

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The tenth annual MSU Innovation Celebration scheduled for April 2, 2020 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center has been canceled due to global concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus. 

While we are saddened to announce this decision, the safety and well being of the MSU community remains our top priority. 

The event will not be rescheduled. The next Innovation Celebration will proceed in 2021. 

2020 Innovation Celebration

Read about the 2020 Innovation Celebration in the 2020 MSU Innovation Center Annual Report.

2020 Innovation Center Awardees


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Jeffrey Rojek, Corporate Connector Award, A-CAPP

“There’s currently no degree for this,” Rojek said. “Our students are able to intern with our corporate partners, and that translates into jobs for them.” The center’s work is fueled by its outreach and corporate partnerships. A-CAPP hosts an annual summit on brand protection strategy, creating a network of experts from corporations, law enforcement and the academic community to work together to combat counterfeiting...

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Jeremy Wilson, Corporate Connector Award, A-CAPP

While the center was initially working with several alumni corporate leaders, its reach has grown significantly beyond the MSU alumni network. “Corporate connections have been critical to the center’s success,” said Jeremy Wilson, the founder of A-CAPP. Over the years, the center has developed because of its close connection to industry, research partners and outreach and training. But the real gamechanger, Wilson said, was the industry advisory board...

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Federica Brandizzi, Innovator of the Year

Federica Brandizzi’s succinct summation of the population-to-land ratio dilemma is at the heart of her research at Michigan State University. The Brandizzi lab is investigating the technology needed to help plant cells soften their cell walls to allow them to expand and grow bigger in the field. Essentially, she’s working to help plants grow bigger, maximizing on the space needed for crops...

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James Kelly, Tech Transfer Achievement

James Kelly knows beans. He’s spent 40 years developing roughly 50 varieties of dry beans at Michigan State, built to help bean growers and bean seed producers, boosting the Michigan bean industry. Kelly’s work translates into increased yield, enhanced plant architecture, improved processing quality and better drought tolerance and disease resistance for an essential crop segment...

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Mi Zhang, Innovation of the Year

The solution to better hearing isn’t simply turning up the volume on a speaker – or a hearing aid. Sorting through a broad range of sounds to amplify only those someone wants and needs to hear is far more complex than simply making something louder...

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