MTRAC Translational Research: Moving Technology from Your Lab to Commercialization


Thurs., Oct. 6, 3:00pm
Kellogg Center, Riverside Room (MAP)

Organizers: Karen Studer-Rabeler and Melanie AdkinsMSU Technologies

Your name has been suggested as someone with potential interest in the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization AgBio (MTRAC) program at Michigan State University. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies would like to strengthen communication about the opportunities offered by MTRAC by inviting you to the next in the series of Interdisciplinary Research Forums. These events bring together faculty from diverse parts of campus to meet in an informal setting so that MSU expertise might be better synchronized for responsiveness to future Requests For Proposals.


In research there can be a broad gap between successful scientific results and the point at which an innovation is sufficiently developed and de-risked for commercial development. The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization AgBio (MTRAC) program at Michigan State University can assist in bridging that gap.

With the goal of increasing the commercial impact of federally funded research, the MTRAC Innovation Hub for AgBio provides a structured and supportive approach to commercialization through funding, engagement, guidance, and project management.

This program has benefitted both MSU faculty and the Mid-Michigan region by supporting the translation of cutting-edge research out of the university and into innovative companies. These companies have potential for high growth and job retention, and promote a culture of innovation, discovery, and entrepreneurship in Michigan.


During the Thursday afternoon forum on October 6, 2016, in Kellogg Center Riverside Room, you will meet with colleagues who have participated in the MTRAC program or are interested in understanding more about how the program might benefit their research program and goals. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

There will be several short talks (~10 min each) by previous and current MTRAC awardees:

These will be followed by a brief panel discussion centering around MTRAC’s involvement in the commercialization of technologies developed by researchers on campus enabling them to have an impact beyond academia.