Michigan State University’s MSU Foundation has launched a new property at its University Corporate Research Park in East Lansing. The VanCamp Incubator + Research Labs is a multi-tenant facility for emerging companies and researcher groups across the greater Lansing region and beyond.
The 22,000-square-foot VanCamp Incubator features nine wet labs, 42 office spaces, as well as shared equipment rooms, conference rooms, and common areas. Companies coming into it are able to use the resources and services to grow their businesses until they can move on to their own operations within the community.
“This is a much-needed facility for our community,” says Gabriela Allum, project manager for the UCRP. “The growing number of startup companies coming out of MSU in areas like quantitative health, imaging and structural biology now have an off-campus incubator with full wet-lab facilities, instrumentation, and services.”
The incubator is named in honor of Loretta VanCamp, who was an MSU microbiologist and researcher. Her work contributed to the development of the world’s leading anti-cancer drug, cisplatin.
“Loretta VanCamp was crucial to the research done at Michigan State University, which resulted in the saving of countless lives,” says Jeff Smith, director of the UCRP. “This a milestone moment for MSU, the research community and the regional economy.”
Smith continues to say that the innovators coming into the VanCamp Incubator will have dramatic, positive impacts on the physical and bio-sciences for generations to come.
The incubator now is open to companies from the region as well as those coming directly out of MSU.