Michigan State University intent on mining on-campus research
to turn ideas into patents, local startups
from Lansing State Journal
At one time, Michigan State University had just one man in charge of dealing with intellectual property from school researchers. But the idea of helping researchers transfer their ideas, inventions and patents to the private sector has slowly grown and evolved — from startups such as Dr. Zachary Huang's MiteZapper LLC that protects honey bee colonies, to Draths Corp., which creates chemicals from renewable materials for use in plastic bottles and other products, to larger global companies such as Lansing-based animal and food safety company Neogen Corp. Now, Michigan State University is in the midst of transforming the way it markets and develops these so-called research assets.
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