Perrigo Co., a self-care products company based in Dublin with its North American headquarters in Grand Rapids, has announced a partnership with East Lansing’s Michigan State University that will connect MSU’s clinical and research expertise with Perrigo’s product innovation, manufacturing, and retail partnerships.
“We speak frequently about making self-care more accessible and inclusive for everyone through our product portfolio,” says Rich Sorota, executive vice president and president, consumer self-care Americas. “We believe our partnership with Michigan State University has the potential to yield customized transformative self-care solutions that can help our retail partners and our consumers make informed health and wellness decisions that are best for themselves and their families.”
The partnership will focus on research and clinical outcomes, retail and pharmacy experiences, and technology and product innovations.
“Our mission is to bring health and healing to all,” says Dr. Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., executive vice president for health sciences at MSU. “… Public-private partnerships align resources and expertise recognizing that together we can do so much more for those we were established to serve. We are committed to find solutions that best meet the needs of patients and consumers and to do so at a pace that people deserve.”
Beauchamp has spearheaded similar public-private partnerships focused on academic, technology, and product innovation while serving in academic leadership positions at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington.
In the U.S., Perrigo has more than 9,000 SKUs under customer “own brand” labels. In Europe, it markets more than 200 branded over the counter products throughout 28 countries. The company also commercializes and manufactures generic prescription products in the U.S.
Perrigo’s Michigan presence was established in 1887 and also includes operations in Allegan and Holland. In October 2020, the company announced it would build new North American headquarters in Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Innovation Park.