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Accelerating MedTech in Lansing

Life sciences research is driving exciting innovation across healthcare and medicine, with medical technology (MedTech) companies in the Lansing region trailblazing on multiple fronts across the United States and the world. 

As home to one of the world’s leading research universities (Michigan State University), the Lansing region has an international presence in cutting-edge medical research, and a growing industry cluster with notable strength in Medical IsotopesBiotechnology and Medical Devices.

Lansing's MedTech cluster is poised for tremendous growth given our knowledge-based assets, ecosystem for industry-honed Talent and some massive Healthcare investments currently underway.

Existing Industry

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Medical Isotopes

Spun from MSU's NSCL, Lansing-based Niowave is recognized as an international medical isotopes leader and is one of four companies actively manufacturing medical isotopes in the US. MSU's leading nuclear physics program is fundamentally strong due to a long history and commitment to research and leading facilities including:

  • #1 Ranked Nuclear Physics program in the US (US News and World Report)
  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (since 1978)
  • Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), scheduled for completion in 2021

The $770 millon investment in FRIB will result in the world's next great nuclear research center including the most powerful machine of its type in the world, revolutionizing the way nuclear research is conducted and expediting new discoveries and breakthroughs.

Biotechnology

The Lansing region's strong biotechnology industry is led by renowned biotechnology businesses Neogen Corporation and Emergent Biosolutions, Inc., with applications for products dedicated to food and animal safety (Neogen) and medical countermeasures for biological and chemical threats and emerging infectious diseases (Emergent).

MSU's Corporate Research Park is home to the Michigan Biotechnology Institute (MBI) which provides technical assistance and research support to de-risk research and development investment.

Medical Devices

Lansing is one of the leading orthopedic manufacturing hubs in the United States:

  • Device production through leading manufacturers Orchid Orthopedics and Tecomet
  • Healthy smaller medical device businesses supporting the supply chain

Advancing Healthcare Through Partnerships

McLaren Health Care

McLaren Greater Lansing is a growing health system founded in Michigan in 1981, employing more than 16,000 employees system-wide with $1.1 Billion in annual revenue. McLaren is currently building a new $450 million state-of-the-art hospital campus in partnership with Michigan State University.

Sparrow Health System

Headquartered in Lansing, Sparrow Health System opened the new $64 million Herbert-Herman Cancer Center in 2018. With 7,500 employees system-wide contributing to $3 Billion in annual revenue, Sparrow collaborates with the Mayo Clinic and is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in mid-Michigan.

Industry-Honed Talent


MSU ranked 15th in the nation among US universities for total life sciences graduates in 2018, awarding 1,067 degrees in life sciences fields, amounting to an approximate 1/8th of all MSU undergraduate degrees conferred.

More than 20,000 enrolled students across Engineering, Natural Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Nuclear Physics and Accelerators Sciences and Engineering Traineeship programs.

#1 supply chain management program in the world (2018 U.S. News & World Report)

#1 nuclear physics graduate program in the US (2010-present U.S. News & World Report)

Notable research assets including:

  • Carcinogenesis Laboratory: Devoted to conducting research on the origins of human cancer. 
  • Biomedical Research and Informatics Center: Supports and develops National Institute of Health research. 
  • Laboratory for Advanced Application in Glycochemistry: Provides a national and international resource to academia and industry in the area of carbohydrates in medicine and materials. 
  • Macromolecular Structure, Sequencing and Synthesis Facility: Delivers cutting-edge analysis of biomolecules; facility has extensive instrumentation resources.

Center for Manufacturing Excellence new in 2017.

Degrees & certificates:

  • Medical Diagnostic Technologies
  • Neurodiagnostic Technologies
  • Nursing
  • SurgTech
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Robotics & Automation 
  • Computer Automated Design 
  • Precision Machining 
  • Welding Mechatronics Program
K-12 Programs
  • Lansing STEM Academy K-8 Program.
  • Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC).
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