About the Bioeconomy Institute

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MSU Bioeconomy Institute
242 Howard Avenue
Holland, MI 49424  

The MSU Bioeconomy Institute provides chemical pilot plant scale-up production and conducts sponsored research and testing for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities of all sizes. The 138,000-square-foot facility complements and extends MSU campus research that supports the emerging bioeconomy, including biofuels, bio-based specialty chemicals and biomaterials. 

To date, it has conducted successful production runs for four high technology start-up firms and one publicly traded corporation. It also offers business incubation opportunities and extensive laboratory space rental, as well as educational programming and training.

The Institute also houses a biobusiness incubator and serves as a home to "embedded" researchers from private and public sector collaborator organizations. These activities support Michigan State University's general mission triad of research, teaching, and service-outreach, and specifically advance MSU efforts to promote the economic development of Michigan, the region, and the nation.

The Institute contains:

  • more than 25,000 liters of chemical reactor capacity with centralized automatic controls, centrifuges, filters, and dryers, 
  • 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 logoIn Fall 2011, an Institute-headquartered consortium received one of six "i6 Green Challenge" grants from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, following merit review administered by the National Science Foundation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided supplemental funds, and the i6 Green grant was matched by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. 

Business support services offered through i6 Green included:

  • Business planning
  • Technology assessment
  • Market assessment assistance
  • Grant-writing aid (e.g., for SBIR, STTR, and seed fund grant proposals)
  • Innovation training
  • Product and service design consultation
  • Brand development
  • Innovation assessment
  • Human factors consulting
  • Referrals to the investor community
  • Chemical scale-up production in the Institute’s 30,000+ L reactor suite

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