Researchers across U-M recognize and value opportunities to collaborate in their scientific endeavors. The NCRC provides exciting opportunities to enable research collaboration between U-M and private or other not-for-profit entities through co-location or other approaches to enriching interaction.

Companies interested in co-location at the NCRC are reviewed for their potential to add value to U-M research endeavors as well as successfully pursue their own research. The NCRC is seeking to promote research, education and commercialization initiatives in high growth areas of significant academic and economic importance to the University and the state of Michigan.

Companies who are interested in exploring research collaborations at NCRC may contact the Business Engagement Center (BEC) as described below. Representatives from the BEC, U-M Medical School Business Development and the NCRC meet regularly to discuss potential collaborations.

BEC Contact Information:
Toll free: (877) 647-1000
Local: (734) 647-1000

Current Private Partnerships

The following private sector tenants have signed leases and/or moved in to the NCRC:

  • BoroPharm, Inc. moved to the NCRC in 2010 as the first onsite public-private partnership tenant. Due to the NCRC’s availability of specialized space, BoroPharm was able to remain in Michigan– a win for BoroPharm, the NCRC and the Michigan economy at large. BoroPharm has been successful in utilizing a specialized chemistry building to continue production of chemicals for drug and agricultural companies. BoroPharm has grown out of Michigan State University.
  • Lycera, a biopharmaceutical company pioneering innovative approaches to the discovery and development of novel oral medicines for treating autoimmune diseases, moved to the NCRC in November 2011. The move is of great benefit for U-M, as plans have been made for Lycera to share equipment with U-M faculty, including a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR). Lycera will also support education through the funding of a scientific seminar series and multiple graduate student interns. Lycera has grown out of U-M.