Science Market Update

MSU Constructing New $15 Million Research Building

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, May 18, 2016

Michigan State University is a leading research institution, with hundreds of life science researchers conducting cutting-edge research throughout the university's dozens of research centers, buildings, and departments. Thanks to 2 recent donations totaling $15 million, the university will expand its research space in the coming years by constructing a new research building in Grand Rapids

A $10 million donation from Richard and Helen DeVos and a $5 million donation from Peter and Joan Secchia will support the university in constructing the Grand Rapids, MI Research Center (GRRC) in the location of the old Grand Rapids Press building. This new building, which began construction in 2015 and is expected to open in 2017, will provide space for scientists, physicians from the College of Human Medicine and researchers from MSU's partner institutions to work together on important life science research.

MSU Biomedical Sciences Building(Image of the MSU Biomedical Sciences Building via Wikimedia Commons)

Donor Rich DeVos explained that “Michigan State’s research enterprise is ushering in a whole new era of medical discovery and there is no place we’d rather see that happen than Grand Rapids. Helen and I are proud to be a part of it.”

Within the center, 44 research teams will work to find answers to many pressing life science questions. Topics to be studied by teams in the GRRC include:

“MSU is a proud member of the Big Ten’s Committee on Institutional Cooperation, which is responsible for more than $10 billion in funded research — far more than the Ivy League’s $4.3 billion. The center will help to tap into this network on a deeper level and expand the medical research agenda. It will be a magnet to attract business in the life sciences and growth in biotechnology. Joan and I are really excited to be a part of it,” stated Peter Secchia.

 MIchigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Michigan State University is a multi-million dollar research marketplace.

In the 2015 fiscal year, the university received more than $49.7 million in funding from the NIH. Departments at the university receiving substantial amounts of this funding include: 

1.  Pharmacology - $8.6 million

2.  Microbiology/Immunology/Virology - $4.5 million

3.  Internal Medicine/Medicine - $3.5 million

With so much in funding supporting a wide variety of life science research projects, MSU is a thriving marketplace for lab suppliers to discuss their products with active researchers. Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. produces an annual BioResearch Product Faire™ Event in East Lansing that does just that.

(Image courtesy of Biotechnology Calendar, Inc.)


Lab suppliers who attend this popular event are able to:

  • Discuss tools and technologies with purchasing agents and end users to help them learn why a particular company's products would be most beneficial to their research.
  • Discover new quality leads in one place in only a few hours.
  • Increase brand exposure in the Michigan academic marketplace.

The 6th Annual BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at Michigan State University will be held on July 27, 2016. To learn more about participating in this event, visit the following link: 

Learn More About MSU Event


Tags: Michigan State University, Midwest, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MI, East Lansing, MSU, new Building, new funding, 2016, Grand Rapids Research Center

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