Wet laboratories that combine public and private resources to offer start-ups developing life science technologies the equipment and guidance to grow a product or idea. Compared to traditional lab space, wet labs have specialized ventilation and climate control features as well as laboratory bench configurations.
These specialized facilities are spread throughout Michigan and include:
The Michigan Research Institute (MRI) is a nonprofit research corporation whose mission is to identify new technologies residing in universities, federal labs and private corporations that can be further developed to meet critical national needs. Working in conjunction with partners in federal and state government, academia and the private sector, MRI manages technology development and demonstration projects which result in new products and industries.
MRI uses a collaborative development approach, involving experts in development, suppliers and users of technology. Utilizing support from various government agencies, MRI acts as the project manager of each project overseeing the technical, accounting and audit aspects and is uniquely set up to comply with state and federal regulations.
In addition to Michigan’s network of SmartZones and the Small Business and Technology Development Centers, the MEDC has seeded entrepreneurial support and business acceleration organizations around the state. These organizations assist companies to progress through various stages of growth—investigation, feasibility, development, introduction, growth and maturity.
The early stages are crucial to a start-up company and require specialized business resources and services. These specialized services are provided by organizations with seasoned executives who have start-up experience or experience working with start-up companies.
These MEDC partners provide the start-up company with expert advice, coaching and mentoring to accelerate it through the early stages of its lifecycle. For example, a non-technology company will seek expertise from accounting and legal firms, whereas a technology company will seek support from experts in grant and business plan writing and assessment of their technologies.
Access to financial resources to assist with operational needs such as consultants, payroll, equipment, technology deployment and commercialization efforts is critical.
Launched in 2002, NextEnergy is one of the nation’s leading research catalysts and business accelerators for alternative and renewable energy. Next Energy has experience working with utilities, alternative fuels, hybrid power trains, business development, venture capital investment and more in the alternative energy industry.
NextEnergy provides technology assessments, management and financial consulting services, access to demonstration and lab facilities, workshops, and matchmaking to alternative energy assets, suppliers and customers.
Located in Detroit, Next Energy is within an hour of more than a dozen major research universities, and in the heartland of America’s transportation, technology and manufacturing industries.