Michigan offers a number of core advanced technology facilities developed for use by researchers affiliated with universities, private research institutes, and biotechnology/ pharmaceutical/medical technology companies in the state. These facilities also serve as catalysts for development of bioscience technologies and intellectual property. Check out the various groups below and see what best serves your needs...whether your need prototyping for a new medical device, discovery support for drug development, de-risking of scale-up manufacturing, or marketing and more...these facilities can assist.
Applied Genomics Technology Center at Wayne State University provides oligonucleotide
genechip microarrays, custom cDNA microarrays, and other genomic technology
services on a fee-basis. State-of-the-art equipment and a full suite of
molecular genomic tools for processing and analysis means an integrated
offering for gene expression profiling and HTS data mining.
BioEconomy Institute at Michigan State University, provides a plant scale-up
production and conducts sponsored research and testing for both for-profit and
not-for-profit entities. The 128,000
square foot facility contains more than 25,000 liters of chemical reactor
capacity with centralized automatic controls, centrifuges, filters, and dryers,
plus 31,000 square feet of modern laboratories to house up to 125 researchers,
a 105-seat auditorium, a library, an atrium, and more than sixty offices.
i6 Green Proof of Concept Center (i6 Green), hosted by the Michigan State
University (MSU) BioEconomy Institute, is a program offering business support
services for the bioeconomy. The Center
provides assistance with business planning, technology assessment, market
assessment, grant-writing, innovation training, product and service design,
brand development, human factors consulting, and innovation assessment.
Launch MI Lab provides affordable wet-lab and bench space,
state-of-the-art equipment, professional analytical services, and scientific
and business expertise for biosciences companies of all sizes, including early
stage entrepreneurs. Housed in the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, Launch
MI Lab can accelerate the work and reduce the costs of life sciences
MBI International (MBI) is a non-profit that works with
universities and companies to de-risk bio-based technologies and help get them
to market. MBI has a fully equipped
25,000 square foot technology development and scale-up center for chemistry,
fermentation and bioprocessing.
Michigan Biological Imaging Center at Western Michigan University provides comprehensive scientific/technical imaging
expertise including drug safety and efficacy data to pharmaceutical industry
Michigan Center for Bioscience Commercialization
(MCBC) is a contract research and development
organization located at the BRCC. The MCBC provides scientific, medical and
regulatory consultation to aid in the development and commercialization of
pharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical device discoveries.
Screening Center (MHTSC) is a contract research facility providing services
in assay development and optimization and high throughput screening. Staffed by
pharmaceutical industry scientists with drug discovery and HTS experience, the MHTSC
offers screening of a 100,000+ compound library for a broad range of
therapeutic targets with the client retaining IP rights to compounds identified
in the screenings.
NIH National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics (NCIBI) is one of seven National
Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBC) within the NIH Roadmap, which is
focused on building a universal computing infrastructure designed to speed
progress in biomedical research.
NIH Perinatology Research Branch (PRB), located at Hutzel
Women’s Hospital/Wayne State University, is focused on clinical and basic
research in perinatal medicine with the goal of developing novel diagnostics,
therapeutic and preventive strategies to address maternal and infant health
Pathology/Biorepository Core at Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is equipped with all the
necessary light microscopy equipment and instrumentation for the
preparation of paraffin and frozen sections. In addition the Core is able to
provide laser capture microdissection and tissue microarray production. Work is on a fee for service basis. The Pathology Core provides cost effective and high
quality pathology services, as well as diagnostic and pathology
Product Center at Michigan State University helps entrepreneurs develop and
commercialize high-value consumer-responsive products and businesses in the
agriculture, natural resources and bioeconomy sectors.
Product Development Center (PDC) at LSSU, located at Lake Superior State
University, provides fee-based engineering services to businesses,
entrepreneurs and inventors. Whether a prototype device or process is needed or
making an existing idea ready for market, the PDC can help with engineering in
the areas of mechanical, electrical, software, manufacturing, robotic/automation,
statistical analysis, technical writing and documentation.
Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF) in Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is a core facility that provides multiple imaging and image
analysis tools for use with biologic specimens and small animals. Our
instruments include digital X-ray, high-resolution micro CT, micro
SPECT/CT, micro PET/CT, micro ultrasound, and optical imager for in vivo
bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging. The SAIF is committed to
developing advanced capabilities with state-of-the-art imaging
modalities to fulfill the needs of the biomedical research communities
of VARI, TGen, and West Michigan.
Vivarium and Transgenic Core in Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is to develop, provide, and support
high-quality mouse modeling services for the VARI investigators,
collaborators, and the greater research community. The VARI Vivarium is
a state-of-the-art facility that includes a high containment barrier. The Vivarium and Transgenic Core provides rederivation, surgery, dissection, necropsy,
breeding, weaning, tail biopsies, sperm and embryo cryopreservation,
animal data management, and health-status monitoring. Transgenic mouse
models are produced on request for project-specific needs.