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Left to right: Jesse Kremenak, M.S. '13, Ph.D. '17, discusses business plans with Kremenak NanoTech product manager Matthew Burkhardt and research and development manager Chris Babayco at the MU Life Science Business Incubator. Photo by Abbie Lankitus / University of Missouri

Translating Research into Action

Faculty members from research institutions like the University of Missouri take on multiple responsibilities, including teaching, research, and public engagement. Some, like Sheila and David Grant, venture into entrepreneurship to extend their impact beyond academia. 

Their biomedical startup, G5 Biological Innovations, showcases how translational research can bring laboratory discoveries to practical use. Positioned at the MU Life Science Business Incubator, they benefit from a supportive ecosystem offering mentoring, resources, and networking opportunities. 

This incubator, managed by the Missouri Innovation Center (MIC), assists numerous ventures, including Elemental Enzymes, Kremenak NanoTech, Aerodigestive Health Corp., and Tiger Eye Engineering. These ventures span diverse fields from agriculture to healthcare, leveraging the resources and expertise provided by the university and MIC. 

For more details on how academia meets entrepreneurship, explore the full article.