Michigan Universities Boost Commercialization, Create Entrepreneurs

WWJ Newsradio 950, 6/24/2009

A program to help Michigan’s public universities create new entrepreneurs and speed commercialization of research is findingsuccess just one year after making its first grants to universities around the state, officials from the Michigan Initiative forInnovation and Entrepreneurship consortium, and researchers said Wednesday at a news conference at the State Capitol.

"MIIE is having a tremendous impact at universities who have research projects that require additional funding to move themtoward commercialization,” said Marvin Parnes, Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director of ResearchAdministration, University of Michigan. “Our efforts have allowed important research projects continue that could one day createmuch-needed jobs and companies in Michigan.”

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Research grants creating jobs

WWMT, 6/24/2009

A group from Western Michigan University is heading to Lansing Wednesday to talk about jobs created by research grants.

The Western group helped develop printing presses for electronic circuitry. A grant from the Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship made possible.

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$600,000 University Innovation Initiative Brings New Money to MSU

Capital Gains, 3/4/2009

Michigan State University (MSU) has won one of nine grants totaling $600,000 aimed at spurring more innovative products toward the market.

The $115,000 grant to MSU builds on research showing a black pepper compound that may help reduce grain contamination by fungi. The grant aims to help the researchers develop bulk purification of the product, test the processes and products, and then develop a strategy to initiate commercialization.

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New Economony Initiative Supports Michigan's Economic Transition

Great Lakes IT Report, 3/2/09 

The Detroit-based New Economy Initiative today announced a first wave of $11 million in grants to organizations driving economic change in southeast Michigan.

"In the face of this terrible economic crisis, NEI is dedicated to helping our community respond and look forward," said Steve Hamp, chair of the NEI governing council. "We want the community to know NEI is working to help lay the building blocks for economic renewal."

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University of Michigan projects receive grants through the Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ann Arbor News, 3/2/09

Work at the University of Michigan to create new classes of silicone compounds and a point-of-care testing device for measuring potassium deficiencies will receive funding aimed at commercializing Michigan university research.

Four U-M projects were among nine projects at the state's public universities to receive $600,000 in grants through the Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, it was announced last week. The MIIE is a consortium of the state's public universities aimed at helping to commercialize ideas.

The MIIE is accepting proposals from university researchers to be considered for another round of grants to be awarded later this year. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. March 27. For more information, visit www.pcsum.org/miie.html.