MedTech, Accelerator and Life Sciences

Accelerating MedTech in Lansing, Michigan

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.

$1.5 billion

Recent or ongoing investment into research, manufacturing and healthcare operations tied to Life Sciences in the Lansing region.

Existing Industry

Industry-Honed Talent


Life Sciences Grads Each Year (MSU)

InstitutionPrograms and Degrees
Michigan State University LogoMSU ranked 11th in the nation among US universities for total life sciences graduates in 2020, awarding 1,078 bachelors' degrees in life sciences fields, amounting to an approximate 1/8th of all MSU undergraduate degrees conferred.
More than 18,000 enrolled students across Engineering, Natural Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Nuclear Physics and Accelerators Sciences and Engineering Traineeship programs.
Top Ranked Programs

  • #1 Supply Chain Management program in the world (2022 U.S. News & World Report)

  • #1 Nuclear Physics graduate program in the US (2022 U.S. News & World Report)

  • #6 Biological/Agricultural Engineering program in the US (2022 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

  • MSU Center for Orthopedic Research: A state-of-the-art biomechanics research facility that combines research interests in distinct areas of musculoskeletal medicine, orthopedic surgery, and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

  • Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB): FRIB enables scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security, and industry.

  • Institute for Health Policy (IHP): Facilitates and supports collaborative relationships involving different stakeholders in the community. IHP’s mission is to advance knowledge of health and well-being through policy evaluation, collaborative partnerships, quality improvement initiatives, and research.

  • Institute for Quantitative Health Science & Engineering (IQ): IQ is dedicated to basic and applied research at the intersection of engineering, human medicine, and natural science. Researchers from all over the world collaborate across disciplines to push the envelope of biomedical research, solving problems in medicine with smart engineering solutions.

Lansing Community College LogoCenter for Manufacturing Excellence

LCC has a total enrollment of 10,306 students. They awarded a total of 1,833 degrees/certificates in 2020, of which 418 (23%) were related to medtech and life sciences.

Degrees & certificates:

Radiologic Technology

  • Surgical Technology & Sterile Processing

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology

  • Computed Tomography

  • Ultrasound: Diagnostic Medical Sonography

  • Neurodiagnostic Technologies

  • Vascular Technology

  • Computer Information Technologies

  • Center for Manufacturing Excellence

  • Computer Automated Design (CAD)

  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology

  • Welding Technology

  • Robotics & Automation

  • Precision Machining

  • Biology

  • Biological Laboratory Techniques

  • Biotechnology

  • Sustainability

  • Neurodiagnostic Technologies

  • Additional Healthcare Programs:
  • Community Health Services Education

  • Nursing

  • Emergency Medical Services

K-12 Programs Lansing STEM Academy K-8 Program.

Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC).

Wilson Talent Center

iMath Tutoring Program
•After-school math tutoring and education program that combines innovative online programming with in-person, one-on-one support.

2020 Girls Program
•Helps girls develop concrete skills that serve them well in school and future careers, particularly in the STEM field.

Tech Transport
•The TechTransport bus is designed with the aim of bringing technology to Lansing-area residents with limited access to home computers and the internet.

Boys and Girls Club of Lansing
•GET City STEM Program
•Computer Science Pathway

Stockbridge Underwater Robotics Team

Impression 5 Science Center
•A dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science.

Magnet Schools
•As part of the Lansing Pathway Promise, the Lansing School District offers Magnet-themed programming in 11 different Magnet schools.

Montessori Schools

Robotics Programs
•VFX Robotics tournaments hosted at Michigan State University
•Haslett High School won the World Championship in 2014

LCC Early College

MSU Math Credits

Capital Region Technical Early College (CRTEC)

Employed in medtech and healthcare careers in the Lansing region.

Advancing Healthcare Through Partnerships

2 State-of-the-art-cancer-centers

The Lansing region is home to two new state-of-the-art cancer centers: Sparrow's Herbert-Herman Cancer Center opened in 2018 and the McLaren Greater Lansing Healthcare Campus in 2022.

Sparrow Hospital

Sparrow Health System

Headquartered in Lansing, Sparrow Health System opened the new $64 million Herbert-Herman Cancer Center in 2017. With 10,000 employees system-wide contributing to $1.3 Billion in annual revenue, Sparrow collaborates with the Mayo Clinic and is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in mid-Michigan.

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 $5 Billion in annual revenue. McLaren recently built a new $500 million state-of-the-art hospital campus in partnership with Michigan State University.

Medical Isotopes


Nuclear Physics Program in the US at Michigan State University (MSU), ranked ahead of MIT!

Spun from MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), 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 (2022 US News and World Report)
  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (since 1978)

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), recently opened as of early 2022. The $770 million investment in FRIB results 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.

  • Michigan ranks in the top 10 for number of medical device technology business locations in the U.S.
  • Michigan has a medical device manufacturing workforce of more than 12,000 people — ranking in the top 10 nationally.
  • Michigan ranks No. 10 in the nation for biomedical engineering graduates.
  • 40% of venture capital invested in Michigan in 2020 was in the life sciences and health care sectors, making up the largest sector share of investment.
  • 3 of the top 10 medtech companies in Michigan are based out of Lansing.









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