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May 18, 2012

MSU’s nuclear science labs join Federal Laboratory Consortium

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University is bringing its nuclear science technology commercialization effort to a national stage.

MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory have jointly become a member of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, a nationwide network of federal labs.

“Joining FLC brings FRIB and NSCL in step with federal laboratories across the country,” said Ray DeVito, technology manager in MSU Technologies, MSU’s technology transfer office, and representative to the consortium. “The relationships gained through our membership provide another tool to promote technology commercialization opportunities from the labs.”

A nationwide network of federal laboratories, the FLC provides a forum to develop strategies and opportunities to link technologies and expertise with the marketplace. FRIB and NSCL plan to engage in FLC efforts that couple federal laboratories with American industry and small businesses to strengthen the nation's economic competitiveness.

NSCL has a history of developing technologies that have found application outside of the laboratory, including pioneering work in superconducting magnets and the application of accelerators to medicine.

“NSCL has been and continues to be at the forefront of research and development for many important technologies,” said Konrad Gelbke, director of NSCL. “I am excited to have our laboratory play an even greater role in the commercialization of these technologies and in local and national economic development.”


Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good in uncommon ways for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.