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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 businesses.

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 clients.

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.

Michigan High-Throughput 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 issues.

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 consultations.
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.

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