About the BioEconomy Network

Message from the director

manThe MSU BioEconomy Network is an umbrella organization within MSU's Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies that incorporates and replaces activities of the Office of Biobased Technologies.

It is charged with coordinating MSU's efforts to promote Michigan's bioeconomy Those growing efforts include research, policy and economic analysis, education, corporate and government collaborations, and commercialization.

In partnership with MSU Technologies, Spartan Innovations, and MSU Business-CONNECT and working with related units like MBI and the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, the BioEconomy Network will provide a bridge between faculty and external collaborators to support MSU's role in expanding the bioeconomy. The BioEconomy Network will be the university's point of contact for the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and will work with faculty to develop multidisciplinary research proposals related to the bioeconomy.

Since being founded with the charge to do research that would enhance practice, MSU has been working to enhance the state's bioeconomy. In 1855, the dominant bioeconomic challenge was agriculture. Today, our definition of bioeconomy has expanded, but the challenge remains just as great.

Doug Gage
Director, MSU BioEconomy Network