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University of Michigan and Michigan Tech Designated as Innovation Hubs in MEDC’s Statewide MTRAC Program
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 3:30pm
Accelerating the creation and transfer of new technologies from research settings to practical real-world applications is the main focus of the innovation hubs at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and Michigan Technological University.
MSU Announces 2016 and Winter 2017 MTRAC AgBio Tier II Starter Awardees
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 4:36pm
The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio at Michigan State University selected eleven awardees for grants focusing on key activities required to move technologies out of the lab and into marketable products or services.
BASF’s Metanomics licenses MSU software to streamline plant system data entry
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 2:37pm
BASF plant science company Metanomics has licensed cutting-edge software created in the lab of Yair Shachar-Hill, professor of plant biology at Michigan State University.
Agricultural waste becomes food and fuel, thanks to MSU research
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 2:06pm
Unlike simple sugars or even starches in the grains of plants, such as corn kernels, cellulose doesn’t dissolve in water. This is good for keeping plants healthy, but it's a problem for making biofuels.
MSU startup licenses plant genetics technology
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 1:48pm
Dr. Kyung-Hwan Han, a professor in MSU’s Department of Horticulture, has partnered with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center to unlock the genetic regulators of cellulose biosynthesis in plants. Han’s startup company, Kopess Biomass Solutions, was formed with assistance from the MSU Innovation Center; the company has optioned his discovery.
Valicor partners with MSU to enhance biofuel productivity
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:32am
About 220 first-generation corn ethanol plants that produce fuel ethanol using starch operate in the United States. Ethanol production is expected to continue to grow over the next several years, since the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 required 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel use by 2022.
‘Unzipped’ poplars expand commercial biofuel applications
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 9:50am
For decades, lignin has been one of researchers’ most persistent hurdles to a bio-based fuel economy. As the organic polymer that binds plant cell, vessel and fiber cell walls, lignin resists chemical and enzymatic processing and thus acts as a structural barrier to converting biomass into liquid fuels.
MSU’s AgBio Hub Supports and Amplifies Research
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 2:36pm
The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio at MSU is designed to bridge the gap between successful academic research results and the point at which an innovation is sufficiently developed, scaled-up, and de-risked to enable it to be transitioned to commercial development.