By partnering with industry and venture capital to accelerate knowledge and technology transfer and stimulate emerging bioscience industries, the new CMU Biosciences Building will allow CMU scientists and the CMU Research Corporation to bring significant economic benefits to Michigan business.
Central Michigan University is already a leader in Great Lakes research, overseeing a $10 million EPA grant to conduct Great Lakes wetlands preservation research. In the new building, Institute for Great Lakes Research scientists will have a staging and sample-processing area for their ecological fieldwork. Students and faculty will be able to grow fish, invertebrates, algae, plants and microbes from the Great Lakes in a controlled environment for experiments designed to better understand freshwater ecosystems. These new lab spaces will allow researchers to continue to make important contributions to Michigan's economic goals by continuing to be at the forefront of Great Lakes restoration and conservation efforts - efforts that are critical to ensuring the sustainability and management of the world's largest supply of surface freshwater and $7.5 billion commercial and sports fishery.