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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 relate 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.

All funding decisions are made by an Oversight Committee including entrepreneurs, external industry and venture capital participants.  

Ag&Bio MTRAC Oversight Committee

Douglas Gage
Academic co-PI
Assistant VP for Research and Graduate Studies, MSU

Richard Chylla
Tech Transfer co-PI  
Executive Director, MSU Technologies

Matt Bell
Venture Capital  
Principal, Cultivian Sandbox Venture Partners, LLC

Brian Clevinger
Venture Capital
Managing Director, The Yield Lab

Jonathan Friedlander
Venture Capital
Associate, Flagship Pioneering

John McIntyre
President, Life Science Advisor

Lisa Buchholz
Industry Representative
Global Leader of Analytical Sciences and Mass Spectrometry, Dow AgroSciences

Nigel Armes
Industry Representative
Director of R&D Operations, BASF

Graham Towerton
Industry Representative
Director of Chemical Engineering, Agrigenix, LLC