Spartan Innovations & LEAP Announce participants for the new Lansing Regional SBIR + MedTech Accelerator

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Spartan Innovations announces its inaugural cohort for the Lansing Regional SBIR + MedTech Accelerator in cooperation with Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

Designed to support high-tech, high-growth medical technology companies in the Lansing region, the SBIR + MedTech Accelerator is a 12-week virtual program that will run this fall. The cohort will be coached on how to prepare and submit SBIR/STTR grants and pre-SBIR grants (MTRAC, Advance, PFI and others) to an appropriate Federal agency.

“We have nine teams accepted into the SBIR + MedTech Accelerator,” said Frank Urban, director of life sciences at Spartan Innovations. “They are working on technologies that span the sectors of the medical technology industry. Each team is looking at solving a different problem related to the health care field, from recruitment to therapeutics, solving real-world problems with novel, high-tech ideas. We are excited to be a part of their story at such a pivotal part of their journey.”

“LEAP is incredibly excited to partner with Spartan Innovations on this new accelerator program, which is part of the larger medtech strategy our region is developing with the $1.07 million grant LEAP received from the Economic Development Administration (EDA),” said Bob Trezise, president and CEO of LEAP. “This type of funding, and the resulting entrepreneurial programming, has a high impact across our region by bringing innovative ideas to market that help advance health care in our community and beyond.”

The participants in the SBIR + MedTech Accelerator Fall 2022 Cohort are:

  • Creative Visions, LLC is a pancreatic trauma diagnostic medical device

  • Init2WinIt has developed career portals for underserved populations that includes medical careers

  • A new company focused on commercializing a gene therapy for the treatment of levodopa-induced dyskinesias in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS

  • Alpha Therapeutics is technology for a brachytherapy treatment platform targeting bladder and ovation cancer.

  • Magmetics is a device using magnetic fields to lower blood pressure without the use of therapeutics.

  • Akeila Bio is a technology for anti-cancer immune therapeutics

  • INterJad is a physician training software platform

  • Target Tips is an anti-harassment/bullying software technology relevant to the medical space

  • Tarn Biosciences is working to create effective treatments for all classes of tuberculosis

For more information about the Lansing Regional SBIR + MedTech Accelerator visit

About Spartan Innovations (SI) 

Spartan Innovations is a venture development organization that designs and builds high-tech, high growth companies. As a subsidiary of the Michigan State University Foundation, SI is in the business of starting new businesses and runs a variety of programs such as Entrepreneurs-In-Residence, an extensive mentor network, and the Conquer Accelerator program that help us find, vet, and validate new business ideas that can be launched into venture fundable companies.

About the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) 

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders partnering to build a stronger community for all—working every day to grow, retain and attract business to the Lansing, Michigan, region. From 2012-2022 LEAP has led economic development projects infusing $5.7 billion in private investment and 10,174 direct jobs into the local economy.

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