Often in research, solutions are years, if not decades in the making. But researchers at Michigan State University and Wayne State University have taken their decades of experience to focus on shorter timelines with a series of near-term solutions that will help farmers, scientists in the field, and ultimately the Great Lakes as a whole.
After years of development, Michigan State University scientists recently field-tested what could be the ultimate underwater, data-gathering tool: a robotic fish. Read on to learn more about how this new technology could help the Great Lakes.
Whether they’re dealing with problems already affecting the Great Lakes or trying to head off future problems, researchers at the three URC universities are eager to address the series of lakes stretching from Minnesota to the state of New York and Ontario, Canada. Read on to find out how Michigan’s URC researchers are working to improve Great Lakes water quality, management
The Intellectual Property Start-Up Project will help Michigan entrepreneurs with patents, copyrights, and trade secrets -- and provide hands-on experience for the next generation of Michigan patent attorneys.
With FDA approval pending, a system that could improve early detection of breast cancer, developed by the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, is one step closer to market.
The Director of the University of Michigan Medical Innovation Center discusses a simple process for fostering innovation that helps engineers and scientists collaborate across campus and see solutions in new ways.
How did MSU researchers increase cucumber crop production in Benton Harbor -- during the worst drought in almost 50 years? The answer provides clues to the power of the agricultural sector in Michigan's economy.
A partnership between Dow Chemical and the University of Michigan illustrates the impact research universities can have on the economy and the talent pipeline when they team up with Michigan-based companies.
Wayne State University has joined forces with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to tackle the issue of childhood obesity in Michigan's low-income communities.
A lawyer helps his neighbors in Escanaba. A nurse fights for equal care in Bangor. A pair of brothers transform West Michigan's coast with a European sport. Graduates of Wayne State, Michigan State and U-M are transforming communities across the state.
An economic impact report shows Michigan's University Research Corridor (URC) exceeded $2 billion in annual research expenditures and awarded more than 31,600 degrees in 2011, placing it at or near the top of seven university innovation clusters nationwide.
A researcher hopes to commercialize a new class of contrast agents that could lead to shorter MRI scans and earlier diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The discovery of a thermoelectric material made from common, affordable sources could pave the way for waste heat recovery from power plants, conversion of heat from car exhaust into energy, and other large-scale efficiencies.
Algae, with its fast growth rate and ability to thrive in salt water, brackish water, and even waste water, is a promising source of biofuel. Now, a team of researchers at U-M have discovered a pressure-cook method of fuel extraction that takes less than a minute and transforms 65 percent of the algae into oil.
The influence of the University Research Corridor spans the globe, from food systems in Africa to online high schools in Canada.
Three new studies recently published in high-impact scientific journals could change the way we understand -- and treat -- epilepsy.
"Everyone forgets that, as an entrepreneur, while you may be the CEO, you are also the one that has to go out and buy the staples and the pencils. It's not romantic."
From creating a key economic indicator to a game that teaches college kids about financial literacy to a study that shows that reselling tickets might not be such a bad deal after all, URC member institutions are hubs of significant research about all aspects of business.
Motor vehicle crashes are the largest single public health crisis in the United States. But the launch this summer of a new year-long test of "smart car" technology conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is designed to save lives and reduce injuries among American motorists.
Stephen Hsu joined MSU in August 2012. We asked him how his role experience as both a published researcher and an entrepreneur will help him lead MSU's research community.
High-strength material advancements at Wayne State University may lead to a new, life-saving steel.
Programs at URC institutions are improving success rates for women, minorities, first-generation and rural students in science, math, engineering and technology.
The biotech industry in Michigan is shifting to Michigan's research universities, presenting huge potential for improving how universities communicate with one another and with the private sector to commercialize new discoveries.
The basic ingredients and manufacturing processes for traditional cement have remained the same since the mid-1800s -- and cement manufacture is one of the top 3 sources of CO2 emissions worldwide. Detroit Cement could change all of that.
Researchers at the University of Michigan are developing "envelope" technology that will make buildings responsive to weather, daylight, and occupant use to control heating, cooling and lighting -- and radically improve energy efficiency.
What is the future of research? What will we see in the next decades, with our eyes or in our data, that we never thought possible? What problems will we be able to solve with the technology developed by our scientists and researchers? We asked emerging URC scientists to reflect on their careers and the future of their fields.
Programs for K-12 students -- and those that teach them -- are piquing interest in science, math, and research.
A microbiologist at MSU has developed a process that will create more energy, in the form of biofuel and hydrogen, from agricultural waste.
With 400 researchers and a new home at the North Campus Research Center, the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation could become one of the largest research entities of its kind in the nation.
Researchers at Wayne State University are using genetic research to improve the odds of detecting lung cancer early -- and saving lives.
Accelerate Michigan draws an international spotlight on Michigan's innovation economy. Applications for the 2012 Competition are due August 15.
Michigan State University's Bioeconomy Institute is supporting business start-ups and collaborating with economic development groups to help technology and life science companies grow.
Think hiring international talent is too costly and time-consuming? Think it takes jobs away from qualified American employees? Think again: the Global Talent Retention Initiative is helping Michigan companies and driving economic growth.
Recipients of stem cell transplants are vulnerable to life-threatening infections, but new research from Wayne State University School of Medicine may combat this problem -- and could reach patient bedsides in five years.
A new program at the University of Michigan gives businesses access to the technologies developed in our state's universities to help companies expand their offerings and remain competitive.
Researchers at MSU have developed an optical cylinder liner system that could improve energy efficiency and power density in advanced combustion engines.
A new partnership between WSU and Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center will focus on reducing driver distraction and improving safety for seniors and children.
Cars made Michigan into an industrial powerhouse -- and powered the state's economy for nearly a century. Now, URC is pumping new energy, new talent and new thinking into the auto industry.
U-M's Transportation Research Institute is embarking on the next step in a $22M safety research project by equipping vehicles with connected vehicle technologies — devices that enable vehicles to send and receive wireless messages that may someday prevent crashes.
If the world runs out of rubber, what happens to automobile tires? A reseacher at MSU has discovered that a natural gas given off by tress, mosses and ferns could create a viable solution.
New programs at MSU and U-M aim to enhance research partnerships, attract investment, develop inventions to create new businesses, improve existing ones and move Michigan's economy forward.
Research will play a transformational role in Michigan's future. VPs for research at WSU, MSU and U-M discuss why.
The University Research Corridor ranks among the best innovation clusters in the country, according to a new benchmarking report, with more students enrolled, and more high-tech and high-demand degrees awarded, than most of its peers.
A WSU start-up has developed a device that harvests the power of piezoelectricity -- electrical energy generated from mechanical energy -- to power automotive technology.
The most underdeveloped resource in technology transfer is talent, according to Ken Nisbet, executive director of Tech Transfer at University of Michigan. The newly formed Tech Transfer Talent Network, representing 98.7% of the academic R&D expenditures in Michigan, aims to change that.
New programs at URC member institutions are helping student entrepreneurs make connections from across campus and disciplines to Saudi Arabia to investors in Detroit and throughout the state.
We spoke with WSU's Harl Tolbert, Associate VP for Technology Commercialization, and Dennis Atkinson, Director of Corporate Engagement, about the role of research commercialization at universities -- and the part WSU can play in revitalizing Detroit.
Global talent retention is more than just keeping "brain drain" at bay. It's a critical issue in Michigan's economic development -- one that the Global Talent Retention Initiative seeks to address.
At a hearing before the Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Higher Education, Business Leaders for Michigan called for a shared commitment to higher education in Michigan and identified the state's public universities as a major asset that can be leveraged to grow our economy.
nanoRETE, a Michigan-based start-up, has licensed a suite of technologies for detecting dangerous pathogens such as anthrax and tuberculosis in real-time using nanoparticle biosensors.
Exposure to light appears to have therapeutic effects on Alzheimer's disease patients, a WSU researcher has found.
A "state of the union" report for Michigan's University Research Corridor from its executive director, Jeff Mason. We asked him about the URC's most intriguing new initiatives and why higher education is so important to our state's economic future.
Life Magnetics has developed a process that can identify a bacteria and test for the correct antibiotic within hours. It could improve patient outcomes, shorten hospital stays, reduce the spread of infection, and has the potential to save the health care industry tens of billions of dollars annually in the process.
Biophotonic Solutions, Inc. -- founded by MSU Professor Marcos Dantus -- has developed an ultrafast laser microscope that can "see" through skin, scan a large area for improvised explosive devices, and perform a non-invasive cancer screening. It could also bring invaluable attention and investment to advanced research initiatives in Michigan.
We spoke with Amy Cell, Senior Vice President for Talent Enhancement at the MEDC, about Michigan's multi-pronged effort to attract, retain and develop talent in the state.
A U-M spin-out has developed an easy-to-use early detection device that could prevent the irreverisible cell damage that leads to vision impairment and blindness.
Over the past 5 years, URC institutions have announced an average of one new invention every day. This month, we highlight successful efforts to commercialize innovation and emerging technologies through the Michigan Universities Commercialization Initiative (MUCI).
A Michigan-based company and a team of entrepreneurs associated with the University of Michigan took top honors at the 2nd Annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition's gala.
Michigan's universities are engines of innovation, and thanks to programs at the three University Research Corridor institutions, companies large and small are tapping into that creative force to create new companies, new technologies, and new jobs.
In partnership with three other public universities, URC member institutions are creating the nation's first statewide business engagement network. The Michigan Corporate Relations Network, or M-CRN, will connect industry with university assets to grow the state's economy.
University Research Corridor instutitions spent nearly $1.9 billion on research in 2010 -- research that creates start-ups, fuels innovation, creates jobs, and stimulates economic growth. This month, Research Corridor explores a small sample of URC R&D and its potential to change Michigan, the U.S., and the world.
A $14.9 million program run by U-M's Transportation Research Institute is testing the safety of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure wireless communication: that is, cars that "talk" to each other, and the roads, traffic lights and signalrs around them.
New research conducted by The School of Hopitality Business at MSU shows strong potential for Detroit's tourism and hospitality industry, even though the city is ranked low in the school's Lodging Market Potential Index (L-MPI).
RetroSense Therapeutics, LLC, a Michigan-based company, announced that it has executed its exclusive, worldwide option and signed a license agreement for novel gene-therapy approaches for treating blindness developed at Wayne State University's School of Medicine.
The University Research Corridor's net economic impact on the state of Michigan was $15.2 billion in 2010, according to the annual report from Anderson Economic Group. That represents a growth of $2.3 billion over four years and is 17 greater than the state's funding to public research universities.
Nearly 130 Michigan scientists, researchers, and community leaders working in academia, industry and government joined forces to address the large and looming water issues facing the state and the world at the MIH2Objective: Research Shaping Michigan's Water Future.
The Presidents of Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan met with members of Michigan's business community last month. They said that independent governance and local engagement allow Michigan’s research universities to quickly react to market demands as they drive the state’s competitiveness in a world knowledge economy.
University and college students from across Michigan are being encouraged to submit their innovative business ideas to the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, the world's largest business competition, for their chance to win $25,000 and the opportunity to present their business plan to a group of investors.
Through a collaborative effort among the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University, as well as the Michigan BioTrust for Health and the Michigan Department of Community Health, researchers are pursuing innovative research projects that will develop advanced techniques for using bloodspots to assess prenatal exposures to toxins and early life epigenetic programming. The team will also create a virtual center that will study conditions of great concern to public health.
URC institutions are training the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs with thriving student entrepreneurship programs. From starry-eyed kids with a big idea who need guidance on how to make it work to students already well-versed in the business world, these creative spaces nurture the Michigan students who are next in line to change the world.
URC institutions recognize the critical need for expertise in water issue – and the opportunity to position Michigan as a leader in such knowledge. To that end, the URC is hosting MIH2Objective: Research Shaping Michigan's Water Future, a water symposium, Sept. 29-30 at Wayne State University.
As president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Michael Finney plays a key role in shaping and executing the governor's economic development strategies and policies. He spoke with us about the role URC member institutions are playing in Michigan's revival, the importance of retaining our international talent and the results Governor Snyder's initiatives are on course to achieve.
Visionary researchers from each University Research Corridor institution have transformed and advanced Michigan's place in the global economy. With international partnerships and research projects that span the globe, URC universities are pioneering breakthroughs.
A Wayne State University-led team of researchers is investigating air pollution and respiratory issues in south Dearborn. The research team is a collaborative effort among Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University to investigate the effects of air pollution on asthma in Arab American children and elders in Dearborn.
The New Economy Initiative has awarded the URC a three-year $450,000 grant from the New Economy Initiative to implement the Global Detroit International Student Retention Program to keep international students in the area so their expertise will grow new businesses, create jobs and support the economy.
As leaders across the state acknowledge that Michigan can't survive and thrive without a healthy Detroit, URC universities are drawing on their faculty and students in countless ways to contribute to the city's revitalization.
At a time when most industries suffered losses or setbacks due to the worst recession in decades, Information and Communications Technology shows resilience and potential for substantial growth, according to a new report by Anderson Economic Group. And when URC institutions offer even basic support for ICT education, research and special projects, the gains are remarkable.
An industry-leading IT R&D center has quietly taken root on South State Street in Ann Arbor, and it's the result of successful commercialization of university research. Arbor Networks, a U-M spin-off, has not only made the Internet a safer, more robust environment for network operators and businesses; it's also helped to kick-start the innovation economy in the University Research Corridor area.
When Monica Brockmeyer, interim chair of computer science at Wayne State University, received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2004, she aimed to make the Internet more timely and predictable. The result: the Predictable Services Overlay Network, or PSON, an overlay system which integrates communication timeliness and predictability into the Internet.
Just when "classical computing" – that's the technology you are using to view this article right now – seems to be reaching the limits of what can be put on a chip, researchers at Michigan State University are focusing on quantum computers, which have the potential to be many orders of magnitude more powerful than existing computers.
From biomass and wind energy research to firing up the mass production of electric vehicles, URC institutions are growing the production of new ways to make our energy sources and fuels run green.
With car-clogged roads and $4 gallons of gas on every horizon, the wheels of great minds are turning onto trains, buses, bikes, and scooters. The "Transforming Transportation" summit in Detroit last month brought together many of the world's leading thinkers focused on economic transformation by way of transit.
The URC recently announced two winning proposals in its latest seed funding opportunity designed to encourage collaboration among member universities, enhance research competitiveness and sponsor transformational research in environmental health.
What happens when the three URC presidents and the CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation get together with WWJ Radio to talk business and job growth? It's all about entrepreneurship and innovation (when it's not about football and basketball!).
Creating more and better jobs was the number one issue for Rick Snyder in his campaign to be Michigan' next Governor. As an entrepreneur he understands what it takes to plan and launch a new business. Governor Snyder talks with the Research Corridor about reinventing Michigan.
How does a question in the mind of a university researcher evolve through early-stage R&D, spin-out, licensing and acquisition to an FDA-approved drug you can buy at the pharmacy? It's a long and risky process, but in can result in multi-million dollar gains -- and products that improve life for thousands.
Five buses packed with 250 of Michigan's best and brightest college seniors poured into the city as part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's LiveWorkDetroit event. The mission: to encourage young talent to bring their energy to the city after graduation.
The largest health study ever to examine the effects of the environment on children's health has launched, and researchers from MSU, U-M, and WSU are an integral part of this effort.
Talk of reducing dependence on foreign oil and finding stateside fuel sources is being converted to action with WSU spin-out NextCAT's emerging biodiesel fuel technology.
Tech transfer is booming as URC universities take an inventor-centered approach to boost licenses, patents and startups.
Research is cranking the wheels of invention. Research Corridor chats with Anderson Economic Group Principal and CEO Patrick Anderson on why the URC universities are an economic linchpin and how they are exerting a global influence.
In Michigan, research activity is part of a healthy economic diet. URC R&D spending is up 10 percent, according to the latest economic impact study by the Anderson Economic Group.
Michigan's URC universities are busting through the old "ivory tower" characterization with new open-door models for industry/university relationships. The results? Businesses get connected with necessary resources, and students benefit, too.
In a fresh form of business travel, the MichAgain program, a collaboration of the state's economic development agencies, URC member universities, and new economy firms, is spreading the word to Michigan college grads scattered nationwide that the state is now indeed a high-tech job portal.
It's gloves off in the Mitten State, which is switching from cold to sizzling on the nation's map of entrepreneurial hotspots. And the new Accelerate Michigan business plan competition winners, in fields ranging from molecular diagnostics to organic waste, show where the state is headed.
The lifting of the ban on embryonic stem cell research in Michigan two years ago is opening up new insights into ailments such as Lou Gehrig's disease and Alzheimer's. Dr. Eva Feldman, director of research at the ALS clinic at the University of Michigan Health System, talks with Research Corridor about the first human clinical trial of a stem cell treatment for ALS and the state's first embryonic stem cell line.
Lessons learned: Following structural shifts in Michigan's economy, over the last few years the state's college students have been taking matters into their own hands, so to speak, increasingly skipping corporate cubicle life to form startups like MyBandStock.com and Heart Graffiti.
Research Corridor opens the drawers of the Michigan Neonatal Biobank, a repository of over 3.6 million dried bloodspot samples taken from newborns in Michigan and used for leading-edge research into diseases ranging from leukemia to sickle cell anemia.
Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, a partner of the new Accelerate Michigan alliance geared around aligning commerce with academia, chats with Research Corridor about the benefits of this new proximity for entrepreneurs and the state's venture capital pool.
The U.S. stem cell market is expected to grow by 80-fold, from $100 million in 2010 to $8 billion by 2016. And with Michigan's voters approving the lifting of restrictions on stem cell research plus Detroit's hosting of the recent World Stem Cell Summit, the state is poised to become a thought leader in this vein of the life sciences.
At the University Research Corridor's recent cerebral palsy symposium, researchers, medical professionals, and patients set the grounds for a new interactive network focusing on this disability that afflicts 8,000 U.S. newborns annually.
We invite you to open the pages of Research Corridor, which covers the latest R&D, entrepreneurship, and collaborations stemming from Michigan's research university leaders: Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. Please see a welcome letter from University Research Corridor Executive Director Jeff Mason.
University Research Corridor activity is fast becoming a benchmark for Michigan's success; a nearly $15 billion economic impact and the third-largest R&D growth rate among the nation's innovation clusters are just some of the high points from the 2010 Empowering Michigan report.
In a handshake between the university and business communities, the University Research Corridor and Business Leaders for Michigan have formed a new alliance, Accelerate Michigan. From sponsoring the world's largest business plan competition to aligning research with business needs, the pairing promises to be a beneficial exchange.
This fall, it's paper and pitches for entrepreneurs and students worldwide who'll be vying for coveted prizes in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation business plan competition. Our prediction? Expect to see a boost to not only the 17 winners, but also to Michigan's new economy outlook.