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MSU Foundation Launches $5M Venture Fund, Red Cedar Ventures LLC

Newest subsidiary dedicates pre-seed and follow-on funding to MSU-based startups, technology commercialization  Lansing, MI — The Michigan State University Foundation (MSUF) announced today the formation of its new, $5M venture investing subsidiary, Red Cedar Ventures. Its newest program features both a pre-seed fund and an opportunity fund focused …

Cisplatin: The Story of MSU’s Cancer Drug

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Cisplatin’s discovery as an anti-cancer drug here at Michigan State University. Cisplatin (and its updated form, carboplatin) is known to be the “penicillin of cancer drugs,” because it has been one of the first, most widely-prescribed, and most effective treatment for many cancer diagnoses. When designing …

Accelerate Michigan Opens Applications for 2016 Student Pitch Competition

Accelerate Michigan is now accepting applications for the 2016 Student Accelerate Michigan Pitch Competition. The competition allows student-led, Michigan-based teams to pitch their business venture ideas, meet with investors, and win $20K to put toward their venture. All current student entrepreneurs in Michigan are welcome to apply through the deadline …

Traci Cannon Named Chief Financial Officer, Michigan State University Foundation

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Foundation announced today that its Board of Directors has approved Traci Cannon’s advancement, making her the MSU Foundation’s first Chief Financial Officer. “Traci’s service to the Foundation—and the Michigan State University community—is long-standing,” said MSU Foundation Executive Director, …

Michigan State University Foundation Names Communications Manager

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Foundation announced today that it has named Aaryn Richard as the organization’s Communications Manager. Richard will manage the communications strategy for the MSU Foundation and its subsidiaries, including Michigan Biotechnology Institute (MBI), Spartan Innovations and the University Corporate Research …

Michigan State Professor to Lecture on School Governance

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ken Frank, professor of measurement and quantitative methods at Michigan State University, will speak at noon Friday, April 15, at the University of Arkansas. The lecture, titled “Balancing Voices: Articles for Effective School Governance,” is part of the Department of Education Reform Lecture Series and will take …

Scholars Win Stock Pitch Competition at Ohio State University

A team of Michigan State University Financial Markets Institute Scholars took first-place honors at a stock pitch competition at Ohio State University. The event was sponsored by Buckeye Capital Investors on April 1, 2016. Jamie Carlstedt, Thomas Chadwick, Michael Metz and Palmer Pawlusiak pitched KAR Auction Services. The students all participate …

Robotics Engineer Tan Named MSU Foundation Professor

Michigan State University (MSU) has named Xiaobo Tan an MSU Foundation Professor. Tan, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of MSU’s Smart Microsystems Laboratory, focuses his research on electroactive polymer sensors and actuators, modeling and control of smart materials, and bio-inspired underwater robots. …

Thermochemical Energy Researcher Klausner Named MSU Foundation Professor

Michigan State University (MSU) has named James F. Klausner an MSU Foundation Professor. Klausner, who joined MSU on January 1, 2016, as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was previously the Newton C. Ebaugh Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville and a program director at the Advanced …