New Laboratory Brings High-Tech, Low-Cost Facility and Services
to Support Next Generation of Life Science Startups
Unique Launch MI Lab Provides State-of-the-Art Equipment, Bench Space, Support
KALAMAZOO, MI – Approaching its 10-year anniversary, the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center (SMIC) has unveiled a new resource for life science startups: Launch MI Lab, a fully equipped and staffed bioscience laboratory to help startups get off the ground.
“Life science entrepreneurs need affordable lab space and equipment to test their ideas, generate support and build momentum,” said Robert DeWit, Ph.D., chief executive officer of SMIC. “Launch MI Lab offers a place for startups to begin that journey.”
Launch MI Lab (launch my lab) provides more than 2,300 square feet of secure wet lab space, access to sophisticated scientific equipment, and an array of analytical services and expertise. Each client has personal bench space and a work station with high-speed Internet access and VOIP telephone service, use of conference and café facilities, and free parking. Available equipment includes mass spectrometry systems, centrifuges, autoclaves, flow cytometers, a variety of microscopes, incubator, lyophilizer, upright freezer, and standard lab supplies and tools.
The laboratory is staffed to assist its users and provide key services. Greg Cavey is the manager of Launch MI Lab. He is a biochemist and experienced research investigator. Cavey brings more than 20 years in proteomics, mass spectrometry and lab management for pharmaceutical companies and the Van Andel Research Institute. He also provides mass spectrometry services and counsel for clients at SMIC as well as for local, regional and national research companies and universities and colleges. Cavey holds a B.S. from Michigan State University.
“Among the challenges startups face are access to affordable lab space and equipment, and access to affordable, quality analytical services,” said Cavey. “Launch MI Lab and SMIC are designed to help entrepreneurs tackle both issues. Clients, advisors and staff bring decades of bioscience and business experience that is made available to Launch MI Lab tenants. We offer affordable short- and long-term leases, on-site small-business advisors and administrative support.”
Launch MI Lab was made possible through the support of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which provided the funds to purchase the equipment; the City of Kalamazoo; Kalamazoo County; Southwest Michigan First; Managing Directors of SMIC; and Western Michigan University. More information, including images of the lab, details on equipment and services, and contact information is available online at www.launchmilab.com.
About the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center
The Southwest Michigan Innovation Center is a 69,000-square-foot business incubator/accelerator providing a comprehensive range of support and assistance to nurture the formation, survival, and growth of innovative, entrepreneurial life science businesses. Located in Kalamazoo and the heart of Michigan’s life sciences region, SMIC opened its doors in 2003. The Innovation Center is located in Western Michigan University’s Business Technology & Research Park, a state-designated SmartZone. On the Web: www.kazoosmic.com.