We facilitate the commercial development and public use of technologies and copyrightable materials developed by MSU faculty and staff. Our goal is to move MSU’s technologies from the lab to the marketplace to improve lives and communities locally, regionally, and around the world. To accomplish that goal, our office
- manages the university’s extensive intellectual property portfolio, evaluating the commercial potential of each invention
- works with MSU researchers on the invention disclosure and technology transfer process
- protects inventions by filing patent applications
- markets and licenses commercially viable technologies to large corporations and small-to-mid-sized businesses
- works with Spartan Innovations to launch start-up companies based around MSU technologies
- facilitates confidential disclosure, material transfer and data use agreements (CDA/MTA/DUA)
MSUT’s knowledgeable staff of professionals possesses a useful combination of technical and industry experience and will personally work with both researchers and industry representatives throughout the commercialization process. Find the technology manager assigned to your campus unit. MSU Technologies is part of the MSU Innovation Center, in collaboration with Spartan Innovations.
As MSU’s technology transfer office, MSU Technologies (MSUT) works with MSU faculty members and researchers on the licensing and commercialization of inventions and copyrightable materials developed at the university. Our goal is to move MSU’s technologies from the lab to the marketplace to advance the common good.
Entrepreneurs and Investors
Many MSU technologies have the potential to be the basis for the formation of a new business, fueling regional economic development. MSU Technologies works with entrepreneurs and investors interested in starting new businesses that will develop MSU inventions into products or services.
Programs and Resources
The MSU Innovation Center and the Office of the Vice President for Research are proud to support the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio, co-funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) through the Michigan Strategic Fund.