Mission-inspired | Market-Driven
Biotech Derisking

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OUR APPROACH

MBI is both a premier multidisciplinary center sought out by industry partners for derisking capabilities and a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit inspired by a mission to enhance quality of life.

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BIOBASED BREAKTHROUGHS

Bolt Threads

Researchers have long tried—and failed—to find a way to replicate the strength and durability of spider-spun silk in the lab. Until now. See how Bolt Threads, a San Francisco startup, is spinning threads that spark the imagination thanks to the help of MBI.
AFEX is an agricultural innovation that sustainably expands our capacity to supply both food and fuel while reducing our carbon footprint and providing pathways out of poverty.
Together with MSU and Cargill, MBI developed PLA, the polymer used worldwide to make renewable and biodegradable containers and cutlery.
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DNA OF BIOTECH DERISKING

MBI helps organizations quickly and cost-effectively weed out flawed technologies and accelerate viable ones to commercialization. We apply a unique biotech derisking process—which we pioneered—to the development of biofuels, chemicals, food, and feed from renewable, rather than fossil, raw materials. MBI combines a full spectrum of science, engineering, operational, and business expertise with an integrated and flexible infrastructure, taking your technology from the lab to bench and pilot scales.

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ACCELERATING TECHNOLOGIES

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Our Mission

At MBI, we strive to create meaningful societal benefits by collaborating with universities, governments, financial supporters, and companies to accelerate the commercialization of biobased technologies. Consistent with our not-for-profit mission, we share select technologies—those that show the promise of game-changing sustainability—with the global community.

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OUR STORY

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MBI, MSU, & the MSU Foundation

Founded in 1981, we are closely affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) and are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Michigan State University Foundation. Our special relationship allows us to draw upon the extensive resources, expertise, and facilities MSU has to offer.

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Our Team

At MBI, we help you make a positive global impact. Our team members are passionate about creating a sustainable world. Together, we transform game-changing ideas into scalable realities.
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Our Collaborations

At MBI, we take collaboration seriously. Please take the time to browse, below, a sampling of the fine institutions, companies, and organizations we are proud to call collaborators.

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