Global Lansing has emerged as the Accelerating Capital of the United States. This important epicenter builds on more than a half a century of nuclear physics research and expertise at Michigan State University’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). MSU’s $750 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is a massive linear accelerator that will come on-line by 2022 and connect into the NSCL. MSU Radiology and Chemistry departments are conducting world-class research, which is closely connected to the work at NSCL and FRIB.
To support an industry surrounding these technologies, LEAP developed and is in the implementation phase of The Accelerating Capital Strategy, a multi-year effort to leverage the existing value of the NSCL and the additional economic development opportunities presented by the FRIB. Our strategy works to support this quickly developing industry as the need for additional specific skill sets and talent grows. Download the Accelerating Capital Center of Excellence flyer for more information.
Private ventures Niowave and Ionetix have already leveraged MSU’s accelerator technologies and talent to develop novel commercial products that are disrupting the medical and security industries. These disruptive technologies are at the cutting edge of the industry and are putting Global Lansing on the map as the Accelerating Capital of the United States.
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New FRIB Study
MSU recently released the results of a study conducted to predict specific impacts of the FRIB. Significant findings are listed below and full details can be found in the full report:
- Accumulated wages totaling $1.7 Billion
- $4.4 Billion added to state’s economy
- Will create 1,000 new jobs
- 83% of the $730 million construction budget goes to Michigan businesses and workers
- Will be the most powerful rare isotope beam facility in the world
- Over 1000 new rare isotopes never produced on earth
- More than double research opportunities in nuclear physics
- Will likely lead to critical discoveries in national security, nuclear medicine, and more
Explore What Lansing Has to Offer
Niowave was one of 37 companies nation-wide to be presented a Tibbetts Award from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Niowave leads a team from mid-Michigan that is developing next generation cargo scanning technology that detects shielded nuclear materials for the Department of Homeland Security. The local team also includes Demmer Corporation and the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. Read more about Niowave and the Tibbet Award.