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BASF’s Metanomics licenses MSU software to streamline plant system data entry

BASF plant science company Metanomics has licensed cutting-edge software created in the lab of Yair Shachar-Hill, professor of plant biology at Michigan State University.

Shachar-Hill’s lab group studies metabolism and transport in plant systems, analyzing and modeling the fluxes through metabolic networks in developing seeds, arbuscular mycorrhizas, and other cells and tissues. The licensed iMS2Flux Metabolic Profiling Software is a command-line computer software package designed for high-throughput processing of mass spectral data.

Agricultural waste becomes food and fuel, thanks to MSU research

Unlike simple sugars or even starches in the grains of plants, such as corn kernels, cellulose doesn’t dissolve in water. This is good for keeping plants healthy, but it's a problem for making biofuels.

Before the complex sugars in cellulose and hemicellulose (from woody plants) can be converted into ethanol or other biofuels and chemicals, they must be broken down into simple sugars. Because the process is difficult to do efficiently, it can significantly raise production costs.

MSU’s AgBio Hub Supports and Amplifies Research

The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for AgBio at MSU is designed to bridge the gap between successful academic research results and the point at which an innovation is sufficiently developed, scaled-up, and de-risked to enable it to be transitioned to commercial development. This is a grant program jointly funded by MSU and the State of Michigan’s Strategic Fund administered by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Roche-Nimblegen develops gene technology for global innovation

When Roche, an innovator in the life sciences market and DNA sequencing, acquired University of Wisconsin startup NimbleGen in 2007 for more than $272 million, it was a tech startup’s dream come true.

In 2014, Roche-NimbleGen licensed the novel Switchgrass Exome Capture Chip technology developed by Dr. C. Robin Buell and her team at Michigan State University’s Department of Plant Biology, in collaboration with Dr. Kaeppler at U Wisconsin Madison. Buell’s lab researches the genome biology of plants, working on a number of crop species for food, feed, fodder and biofuels.