Research & Development Organizations

Research & Development Organizations

The research and development available to southeast Michigan companies are thriving once again. They are looking to support industry and ensure that businesses such as those that are a part of the Innostate cluster have the proper technical resources and services to take their products to scale and be introduced across a variety of markets. Learn more about these organizations and their capabilities today.

Altarum Institute

Initiative: Health care research
Description: Headquartered in Ann Arbor, located in many states

Linc Smith
Business Development

County: Washtenaw

Ann Arbor SPARK

Initiative: Dedicated to economic prosperity of greater Ann Arbor region
Description: Business acceleration services

Skip Simms
Senior Vice President

County: Washtenaw

Initiative: Neutral and global on-line meeting place for innovators of all types with an interest in advanced manufacturing intellectual property. This meeting place allows users of all types to showcase capabilities, technologies and needs system-wide and then privately connect with fellow inventors and commercializers to explore technology and business development opportunities of mutual interest. Our meeting place enables interactions between decision making innovators of all types, from major corporations to grass roots inventors.
Description: Market intellectual property related to: Developing software, surveillance systems, consumer engagement tools and other high tech imaging.

Jayson Pankin
President and CEO
(313) 886-6200

County: Wayne

Beaumont Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute

Initiative: Provide national leadership in the scientific application of modern simulation technologies to improve cognitive, communication and psychomotor skills for health care providers.
Description: Allows researchers to test advanced surgical technology and medical devices in a secure, yet realistic environment. It offers physicians an arena to conduct research on medical devices and equipment, and to advance groundbreaking treatment protocols in the operating room.


County: Oakland

Beaumont Commercialization

Initiative: Technology transfer and commercialization office
Description: Oversees the development and patenting of new technologies created by Beaumont Health System employees with the goal of bringing medical technology from idea to market as quickly and effectively as possible.

Eric Steif

County: Oakland

Beaumont National Surgical Learning Center

Initiative: Test usability and advanced surgical technology and medical devices
Description: Virtual reality lab equipped with full-scale model operating rooms, patient physiologic simulators, a tissue skills lab and a distance learning-equipped classroom. Located in the heart of Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak’s South Tower, this center is one of the country’s most advanced medical simulation facilities in North America.


County: Oakland

Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) – UofM Medical School Office of Research

Initiative: Enable cutting-edge research by helping researchers economically and efficiently take advantage of the latest technology and collaborate with top experts in the field.
Description: Evaluate the technology and service needs of researchers, coordinate applications for grants to purchase equipment, and offer comprehensive training for investigators.

Cassandra Wong

County: Washtenaw

Eastern Michigan University: Centers & Institutes

Initiative: -Center for Product Research and Development
-Coatings and Research Institute
-Textile Research and Training Institute
Description: Part of the College of Technology


County: Washtenaw

Eastern Michigan University: Coatings Research Institute

Initiative: Develops relevant scientific knowledge for understanding and for expanding the science and technology of polymers, coatings, paints, inks, adhesives and related nano-based materials.
Description: Polymer synthesis, modification, characterization and testing. Coating formulation, modification and evaluation. Fundamental research in material science: polymers, coatings, nanomaterials and technology. Raw material evaluation and new product development. Problem solving, failure analysis and process improvement. Professional development and training in all aspects of coatings and raw materials. Product analysis and characterization.

Bob Lahidji

County: Washtenaw

EPA: National Vehicle & Fuel Emissions Laboratory

Initiative: NVFEL has been at the forefront of developing clean automotive technology and designing programs to reduce and prevent air pollution
Description: NVFEL is a state of the art test facility that provides a wide array of dynamometer and analytical testing and engineering services for EPA’s motor vehicle, heavy-duty engine, and non-road engine programs which:

  • Certify that vehicles and engines meet federal emissions and fuel economy standards
  • Test in-use vehicles and engines to assure continued compliance and process required enforcement actions
  • Analyze fuels, fuel additives, and exhaust compounds
  • Develop future emission and fuel economy regulations
  • Research future cost-effective advanced engine and drivetrain technology
  • Develop laboratory test procedures


County: Washtenaw

Henry Ford Innovation Institute

Initiative: Use innovation to improve healthcare and the patient experience.
Description: Provides System innovators access to an array of intellectual asset-related resources and programs that include technological opportunity assessment, engineering services for prototypes, seminars designed to convey opportunities, programs aimed at developing specific medical products and broad educational offerings in the realms of translational medicine and the entrepreneurial arts.

Mark Coticchia
Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer

County: Wayne

John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Research and Development Service

Initiative: The major function of Research Service is to provide an optimal environment for the performance of highly meritorious basic and clinical research directed toward improving the health of Veterans

313-576-1000, ext 63430

County: Wayne

Kettering University – Innovation Center

Description: Incubation space for companies looking to grow their business, perfect their underlying technologies and explore potential collaborations with Kettering University faculty, students and corporate partners.

(810) 762-9616

County: Genessee

Kettering University – Labs and Facilities

Initiative: Mechanical Engineering department which teaches innovative Mechanical Engineers who can design smarter, faster, more fuel-efficient, and more cost-effective machines.
Description: Fuel Cell Labs, Energy System Labs, Bio & Renewable Energy Labs, etc.

Craig Hoff
Department Head – Mechanical Engineering

County: Genessee

Lawrence Tech University: Center for Innovative Materials Research

Initiative: Finding new applications for advanced materials
Description: 7,200 sq ft research facility with a 30 ft clearance height has a 25,000 pound crane to accommodate testing of structural components up to 100 ft long under loads up to 1 million pounds. Fire chamber with dynamic and static loading capabilities that can test temps up to 2,300F. Full-scale environmental chamber.  ElectroPuls 1000 measures the performance of materials (all electric).  MTS Model 311 Four Post Frame with high force test system. New applications for carbon fiber in bridge construction.

Mark Brucki
Director of Technology Partnerships

County: Oakland

Life Sciences Collaboration Team

Initiative: Provides macromolecular crystallography resources for those with a need to determine the structure of proteins. Mainly LS-CAT provides access to state of the art x-ray diffraction facilities at Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source where extremely intense beams of x-rays are focused using both mirrors and beryllium lenses onto tiny protein crystals. The x-rays diffracted by these crystals are collected with giant CCD detectors that produce the images needed to calculate where the atoms in the protein crystal are.
Description: Partnership between all the Michigan Life Sciences structural biologist, including researchers for UofM, Wayne State, MSU and Van Andel Institute.

Keith Brister
Operations Manager

County: Illinois

Michigan Corporate Relations Network

Initiative: Statewide network to provide a critical and unique tools for business growth and attraction – collaboration of MI research universities with support of MEDC and MSF.
Description: Link includes a list of small business support programs


Michigan Tech Campus Inventors and Entrepreneurs

Initiative: Utilization of new discoveries for the public benefit through licensing and commercialization of technologies created by Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students. Research goals and outcomes aim to achieve milestones on path to commercializing systems, materials, processing technologies, or devices that serve a well-documented market need.
Description: Technology Commercialization: range from gene sequencing software to wood product manufacturing to fly ash beneficiation.
Industrial Contracting: disclosures, proprietary protection, market technology and terms and conditions of license agreements

Brent Burns
Director of Industry Relations
906-281-7746 (cell)

County: Keweenaw

Michigan Tech Research Institute

Initiative: National security, infrastructure, bioinformatics, earth sciences and environmental processes.
Description: Recognized leader in the research, development and practical application of sensor and information technology to solve critical problems in national security, protecting and evaluating critical infrastructure, bioinformatics, earth sciences and environmental processes.

Nikola Subotic & Robert Shuchman
Co -Directors
734-913-6859 / 734-913-6860 /

County: Washtenaw

MRI Institute for Biomedical Research

Description: Center of excellence with a National impact focused on neuro-imaging, neurodegenerative disease and neuro-vascular research

Dr. E. Mark Haacke, PhD

County: Wayne

New Enterprise Forum

Initiative: To link entrepreneurs with management expertise, joint venture partners, business services, capital, and other critical resources.

Stew Nelson
Program Committee Chair
(734) 665-4433

County: Washtenaw

NSF International

Initiative: As an independent, accredited organization, we develop standards, and test and certify products and systems. We provide auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment.
Description: NSF laboratories provide a wide range of testing, certification and technical services as well as human health risk assessments across all major industries. We operate more than 292,000 square feet of ISO/IEC 17025-accredited, state-of-the-art labs, including extensive instrumentation and technologies, in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Elizabeth Jones Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Business Development

County: Washtenaw

Oakland University Automotive Tribology Center

Initiative: The ATC is dedicated to performing fundamental and applied research that lowers frictional energy losses and enhances reliability and durability of automotive components. A particular emphasis is placed on engine and transmission tribology. The new technology produced by the center will be transferred to the military, as well as to governmental and industrial sectors of the United States economy.

Description: Some specific areas of research performed at the ATC include:

  • Additives/lower viscosity lubricants for friction reduction
  • Scuffing modeling and testing
  • Molecular dynamics simulation of friction and wear mechanisms.
  • Enhancement of physics-based tribology models using experimental data.
  • Incorporation of tribology models in engine/ transmission/ vehicle system dynamic models to assess fuel economy, durability and reliability.
  • Nano-fluids for enhanced tribological and thermal performance

Gary Barber, Ph.D.,
ATC Director
(248) 370-2184

County: Oakland

Oakland University Clean Energy Research Center (CERC)

Initiative: -Technical Support to the OU INCubator (both client companies and internal OU projects)
-Energy Project Development Support
Description: CERC fosters commercial partnerships, provides an educational platform for student research and hands-on clean energy demonstrations, while providing an entrepreneurial atmosphere within the OU R&D community to allow technology transfer and commercialization of new technologies.–research/cerc/

Amy Butler
Executive Director of the OU Incubator

County: Oakland

Oakland University – Center for Biomedical Research

Initiative: Promote and support biomedical research and education at Oakland University and allied institutions, to recruit and retain outstanding biomedical scientists, to facilitate collaborative biomedical research projects and finally to develop gift, grant, and contract support for biomedical research programs, graduate and undergraduate training, as well as core facilities and equipment.

Brad Roth

County: Oakland

Oakland University Fastening and Joining Research Institute

Initiative: An academic, non profit research facility dedicated to fastening and joining of materials
Description: Develops and disseminates new advanced technologies in the areas of automated assembly of bolted joints, adhesive bonding of composites, resistance welding and riveting, a niche area that impacts the safety and reliability of many products in both civilian and military sectors of the American economy.
2003-2012 Funded Research

  • Mechanical fastening and adhesive bonding of composite and polymer joints
  • Self-loosening of threaded fasteners due to vibration and impact loads
  • Ultrasonic control of bolt elongation during bolted joints assembly
  • Tribology of threaded fasteners
  • Clamp load loss due to cyclic service loads
  • Non-destructive testing and inspection of composite and metallic joints
  • Elastic interaction between fasteners in gasketed bolted joints
  • Behavior and analysis of miniature bolted joints for biomedical and electronic devices
  • Finite element modeling and analysis of composite, polymer and metallic joints
  • Enhancing the reliability of bolted assemblies
  • Development of torque specifications

Sayed Nassar, Ph.D.
FAJRI Director
(248) 370-3781

County: Oakland

University of Michigan Dearborn: Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Research

Description: Currently conducting research for NSF, DOE, Hyundai, Ford, Visteon Automotive, GM, TRS, SAP. Battery cell capacity testing, product validation, hydroforming extruded aluminum tubes. Operating in 7 different facilities.

Armen Zakarian, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
(313) 593-5361

County: Wayne

University of Michigan Research

Initiative: The University of Michigan Office of Research advances the excellence of research, scholarship and creative activity across all three campuses by encouraging new research and providing central services in research policy; compliance, contract development and negotiation; federal relations; technology transfer; business engagement; and communications.

S. Jack Hu
Interim Vice President for Research
(734) 936-2680

County: Washtenaw

University of Michigan TechTransfer: The Venture Center

Initiative: Promotes the creation of start-up ventures as tech transfer options
Description: ~provides start-ups access to UM technology
~Has assisted in creation of 83 start ups since 2001

Kenneth Nisbeth
Associate VP, Technology Transfer

County: Washtenaw

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Initiative: Providing solutions and expanding knowledge related to drivers, vehicles and the systems that unite them with the social and technical infrastructure
Description: They do basic and applied research sponsored by government, industry and non profits. They can also do small-scale testing or analysis projects including vehicle-parameter measurement, restraint-system testing, or basic runs on crash datasets.


County: Washtenaw

Wayne State Front Door for Business Engagement

Initiative: The Front Door for Business Engagement is a one-stop shop for accessing the world-class resources of Wayne State University. Connect with The Front Door to: Partner with Wayne State on research projects; Find labs and core facilities; Learn about licensing and technology commercialization opportunities; Pursue professional development opportunities and business support; Learn about licensing and technology commercialization opportunities; Discuss any other business need​
Description: Industry partnerships for Wayne State’s College of Engineering and technology programs; biomedical engineering, automotive safety, energy solutions, advanced materials and manufacturing, transportation, engine optimization, and big data

Lori Simoes
Industry Liason (Engineering and Technology)

County: Wayne

WSU Technology Commercialization

Initiative: Assistance and services to WSU researchers and industry partners to maximize availability of next generation technologies
1. Technology Development Incubator to provide funding and expertise to advance inventions in early technical and commercial feasibility assessments
2. Mentors in Residence program employs experienced entrepreneurs
3. Innovation Fellows Program generates entrepreneurial scientists for high tech industry

Joan Dunbar
Associate Vice President

County: Wayne