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The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio translates research into the commercial market by way of a license or startup.

Accelerating commercial development, eligible MTRAC AgBio research relates to food, fuel & fiber, either as inputs or outputs. This includes bio-derived/bio-based materials, natural resources and animal health. Projects will have shown promise in the laboratory, but need further development to become successful in a competitive market.

Below, awardees are listed by year and award type (Full/Starter).

2020 | 20192018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

2020 Full & Starter Grants

AWARDEE INSTITUTION Project information TYPE
Albrecht, John Michigan State University Electrochemical Destruction of Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances Using Boron-Doped Diamond Electrodes: Application Towards Laboratory-Scale Treatment of Ion Exchange Regenerate Solutions and Reverse Osmosis Concentrates Full
Benjamin, Madonna Michigan State University Implement and Evaluate Product Fit for a Biometric-based Computer Vision Systems for Identifying Individual Body Conformation and Locomotion Patterns Full
Bonito, Gregory Michigan State University Developing Biofiltration System with Fungal-Filters to Harvest Microalgae for High-Value Products Full
Fan, Qi Hua Michigan State University Active Adsorption Technology for Efficiently Removing PFAS in Water Full
Song, Guo-qing Michigan State University Production of Fast-Growing Maize for High-Yield Utilizing K-Domain Technology Full
Li, Hui Michigan State University Development of Innovative Nano-Reactor Technology for Rapid and Complete Defluorination of PFAS Starter
Rabnawaz, Muhammad Michigan State University Plastic-free Thermally Sealable Paper Substrates for Packaging Applications Starter
Swain, Greg Michigan State University Identifying Infectious Bacteria in Animal Wounds Using Electrochemical Detection of Metabolites Starter

2019 Full & Starter Grants

AWARDEE INSTITUTION Project information TYPE
Bar-Ziv, Ezra Michigan Technological University Chlorine Removal from Plastic Wastes Full
Hussey, Gisella
Maes, Roger
 
Michigan State University Design and Testing of a New Generation of Herpesvirus Vaccines Using a Novel Vaccine Development System Full
Nejad, Mojgan Michigan State University Development of High-Performance, Lignin-Based Polyurethane Adhesive for Engineered Wood Products Full
Rabnawaz, Muhammad Michigan State University New Generation Plastic-Free, Fluorine-Free and 100% Recyclable Paper Cups, Lids, Plates and Fast-Food Wrappers Full
Aliakbarian, Bahar Michigan State University Creating Incremental Revenue from Industrial Cherry Wastes Starter
Bonito, Gregory Michigan State University Developing Fungal-Filters to Harvest Microalgae for High-Value Products Starter
Bowen, Li Michigan Technological University Upcycling of Vermiculite Fines as Animal Feed Additives Starter
Fan, Qi Hua Michigan State University Electrophoresis Technology for Removing Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Water Starter
Jayaraman, Krishnamurthy Michigan State University Transparent High-Barrier Films for Food Packaging Starter
Pennington, Dennis Michigan State University Research to Determine Agronomic Inputs Needed to Market New Wheat Lines from the MSU Wheat Breeding and Research Programs Starter
Schuelke, Thomas Michigan State University Electrochemical Destruction of Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances Using Boron-Doped Diamond Electrodes: Application Towards Concentrated Regenerate Solutions Starter
Vargas, Joseph  Michigan State University Turfgrass Disease Management with Reduced Fungicide Application Rates Using Fungitoxic Adjuvants Starter

2018 Full & Starter Awards 

Awardee Institution Project information Type
Bar-Ziv, Ezra Michigan Technological University Bio-Oil as a Feedstock in a Petroleum Refinery Full
Brandizzi, Federica Michigan State University Implementation of a single-modifier strategy to enhance biomass and productivity of soybean and alfalfa for commercialization Full
Douches, David Michigan State University Evaluating the Commercial Value of XERICO Drought Tolerance Technology for Cultivated Potato Full
Fan, Qi Hua Michigan State University High-Density Plasma Technologies for Efficient Manufacturing of Activated Carbon Full
Jayaraman, Krishnamurthy Michigan State University Transparent High-Barrier Films with BOPP for Food Packaging Full
Warner, Ryan Michigan State University Improved stevia varieties with desirable steviol glycoside profiles Full
Wise, John Michigan State University Biodegradable Controlled‐Release Plug for Protecting Tree Crops from Disease and Insect Pests Full
Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, Vilma Michigan State University Novel Animal Cancer Therapeutic Development: Route development and toxicity studies Full
Ding, Shi‐You Michigan State University Modification of Cellulose Synthesis Genes to Improve Cotton Fiber Quality Starter
Ducat, Daniel Michigan State University "Engineered Microbial Consortia for Light-Driven Production of Sustainable
Bioplastics"
Starter
Markovitz, David University of Michigan "DEK aptamer for the treatment of equine acute and chronic joint
inflammation"
Starter
Martinez-Gomez, Norma Cecilia Michigan State University "Community identification of the rare earth dependent plant probiotic, an efficient biostimulant for plant growth" Starter
Rabnawaz, Muhammad Michigan State University Low cost high barrier bottles for beer and juice packaging Starter
Saffron, Christopher Michigan State University Valorization of BTG Bio-oils using Electrocatalysis Starter

 

2017 Full & Starter Awards 

Awardee Institution Project information Type
Balan, Ven Michigan State University Ammonia Treatment and Extraction Processes for Enhanced Brewers Spent Grain Fractionation Full
Brandizzi, Federica Michigan State University Translational research steps toward commercialization of single-modifier strategy for plant biomass and productivity enhancement Full
Clack, Herek University of Michigan Development and Testing of a Prototype Non-Thermal Plasma Device to Prevent Airborne Transmission of Infectious Diseases to and from Livestock Full
Douches, David Michigan State University Characterizing Commercial Value of XERICO Drought Tolerance Technology for Cultivated Potato Full
Keathley, Dan Michigan State University Commercializing Elite Silver Maple for Biomass/Biofuel Production Full
Saffron, Christopher Michigan State University Production of High Added Value Products from the Pyrolytic Bio-oil Full
Balan, Ven Michigan State University Making nutritious protein crisp a successful commercial product Starter
Benning, Christoph Michigan State University Enhancing seed oil content by seed-specific manipulation of chloroplast lipases and other substrates Starter
Fan,Qi Hua Michigan State University High-Density-Plasma Assisted Activation of Porous Biochar

Starter

Linz, John Michigan State University Natural products from medicinal plants to block aflatoxin synthesis and sporulation in Aspergillus Starter
Smith, Pat Michigan State University Development of a delivery system for organic acids as miticides for Varroa control Starter
Song, Guo-qing Michigan State University Utilizing a K-domain Gene to Increase Crop Yield - Stage I: Production of trangenic Corn and Soybean T1 Seeds Starter
Warner, Ryan Michigan State University Improved stevia varieties with desirable steviol glycoside profiles Starter
Wise, John Michigan State University Biodegradable Slow-Release Plug for Protecting Tree Crops from Disease and Insect Pests Starter

 

2016 Full & Starter Awards 

Awardee Institution Project information Type
Brandizzi,Federica Michigan State University Single-Modifier Strategy for Plant Biomass and Productivity Enhancement - Transition from Model Species to Commercial Crops Full
Han, Kyung-Hwan Michigan State University Improvement of Commercial Value and Marketability of XERICO Drought Tolerance Technology Full
Han, Kyung-Hwan Michigan State University In-Field Validation of EliteTree Technology Full
Reguera, Gemma Michigan State University BioElectrica: A startup for the commercialization of microbial electrochemical reactors and its market product, biopropanediol. Full
Saffron, Christopher Michigan State University Biomass Valorization by Pyrolysis and Electrocatalysis to Create Liquid Fuels, Chemical Intermediates and Advanced Materials Full
Zacharewski, Tim Michigan State University Data storage and accessibility for the automated Quantitative Histological Analysis Tool (QuHAnT) Full
Jayaraman, Krishnamurthy Michigan State University Food Packaging Film from Polypropylene Clay Nanocomposites Starter
Smucker, Alvin Michigan State University Digital Correction of Soil Water Rentention Technology (SWRT) Membrane Formation and Delivery Starter
Walton, Jonathan Michigan State University Combinatorial Cyclic and Bicyclic Peptide Libraries for AgBio Applications Starter
Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan,Vilma Michigan State University Development of new treatments for canine cancers: focus on histiocytic sarcoma as a proof of concept Starter

 

2015 Full & Starter Awards 

Awardee Institution Project information Type
Dale, Bruce Michigan State University Commercialization of AFEX-treated biomass as an animal feed for beef cattle (Tier I) Full
Frost, John Michigan State University Synthesis of Biobased p-Hydroxybenzoic Acid at Kilogram Scale (Tier I) Full
Han, Kyung-Hwan Michigan State University Improvement of Commercial Value and Marketability of XERICO Drought Tolerance Technology (Tier I)-shared w/ELITE TREE Full
Marsh, Terence Michigan State University Reducing egg mortality in fish aquaculture by manipulating the egg-associated microbiome Full
Reguera, Gemma Michigan State University Microbial Electrochemical cells for waste processing into added-value fermentation products (Tier I) Full
Zacharewski, Tim Michigan State University Commercialization of the automated Quantitative Histological Analysis Tool (QuHAnT) (Tier I) Full
Balan, Ven Michigan State University Applying RaBIT process in converting corn fiber to ethanol in existing corn ethanol industry (Tier II) Starter
Iezzoni, Amy Michigan State University Dwarfing precocious cherry rootstocks: Generation of DNA marker data for patent applications (Tier II) Starter
Liu, Yan Michigan State University Fructooligosaccharides production from sugar crops using a novel biological approach (Tier II) Starter
Worden, R. Mark Michigan State University Electrochemical Enzyme Immunoassay Biosensor (Tier II) Starter

 

2014 Full & Starter Awards 

Awardee Institution Project information Type
Basso, Bruno Michigan State University Geoyields: An integrated system approach to manage yield variability and increase farmers' profitability (Tier I) Full
Dale, Bruce Michigan State University Pilot-Scale Production of Fermentable Sugars Using AFEX-treated Pelelts at High Solid Loading (Tier I) Full
Reguera, Gemma Michigan State University Microbial electrochemical cells for waste processing into added-value fermentation products (Tier I) Full
Whitehead, Timothy Michigan State University De Novo Genome Assembly of Polyploids Using a Method for Assembling and Reading Large Contiguous DNA Sequences (Tier I) Full
Balan, Ven Michigan State University Utilization of AFEX unhydrolyzed solids (UHS) as slow Nitrogen releasing fertilizer (Tier II) Starter
Han, Kyung-Hwan Michigan State University Improvement of Commercial Value and Marketability of XERICO Drought Tolerance Technology (Tier II) Starter
Hodge, David Michigan State University Combined Catalyst Recovery and Detoxification of Hydrolysates from Cu-Catalyzed AHP Pretreatment of Woody Biomass (Tier II) Starter
Jin, Mingjie Michigan State University RaBIT platform technology for conversion of pretreated lignocellulosic biomass to fuels at a low cost (Tier II) Starter
Saffron, Christopher Michigan State University Biomass depolymerization by fast pyrolysis to support aromatic chemical and cyclohexanol production (Tier II) Starter