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New Expertise Portal Quickly Connects Businesses With Experienced Researchers And High-Tech Facilities At Top Michigan Universities

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"By using this portal, companies can get assistance with advancing a new product or process, or in finding a solution to a particular challenge - all without having to guess at which researcher or facility is the best one to contact," said Daryl Weinert, Associate Vice President at the University of Michigan Office of Research and Sponsored Projects in Ann Arbor. "We know companies need timely answers to remain competitive, and we can make sure they are connected to the right university resources quickly."

In this rare collaboration, business engagement officers at all six universities work together to develop a strategy for connecting companies with appropriate and available university resources. The portal is part of an array of programs offered by MCRN and funded by the MEDC to help businesses connect with university resources in an effort to boost Michigan's economy while strengthening the collaboration between academia and industry.

About MCRN

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network is a collaboration among six public universities and Michigan's University Research Corridor working to connect small businesses with university resources that help to drive innovation and commercialization. Its work is funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. For information on MCRN's programs including the Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP); the Small Company Internship Award Program (SCIA); the Instant Innovation Program; and the Michigan Information Transfer Source (MITS), go to http://www.michigancrn.org

You can follow MCRN on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MichiganCRN, Twitter (@MichiganCRN) and LinkedIn http://linkd.in/19FqR7v.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby's Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions.

Media contacts Kathy Barks Hoffman MCRN/Lambert, Edwards & Associates (o) +1-517-316-0210 (m) +1-517-256-9166 khoffman@lambert-edwards.com

Iris Kisjes Elsevier Senior Global Corporate Relations Manager (o) +31-20-485-3072 (m) +31-6-1320-7570 I.Kisjes@elsevier.com

SOURCE Elsevier

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