Missouri Innovation Center recognized with Missouri Honor Award

March 20, 2023

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The Missouri Innovation Center (MIC), which helps researchers commercialize new technologies and products, has received a 2023 Missouri Honor Award, the highest award bestowed by the College of Engineering.

The award recognizes the center’s partnership with Mizzou Engineering, which has spanned almost 40 years. Over that time, MIC has mentored and guided dozens of faculty members and alumni who have started their own companies.

“The College of Engineering has been, and continues to be, a leader in supporting the entrepreneurial and technology commercialization efforts of its alumni, faculty and students,” said Quinten Messbarger, interim president of MIC. “It has been an honor for MIC to support these incredible researchers and innovators as they transition their intellectual property from the bench to the marketplace.”

MIC is a non-profit organization launched in 1984 as part of a state initiative to create economic development support systems in partnership with the University of Missouri System. In 2008, the University of Missouri entered into an agreement with MIC to operate and manage the MU Life Science Business Incubator. Within this relationship, MIC selects businesses well-suited for the program, leases space and provides mentorship throughout the process of commercialization.  The business incubator is currently home to 17 high-growth businesses.

“The Missouri Innovation Center has truly been an outstanding collaborator and partner with Mizzou Engineering, contributing to our efforts to take research from the lab to the market,” said Noah Manring, dean of Mizzou Engineering and a member of the MIC board. “MIC has demonstrated exceptional contributions to technical engineering knowledge, ensuring and enhancing the success of the College and faculty.”

Learn more about the Missouri Honor Award.