New Expertise Portal Quickly Connects Businesses with Experienced Researchers and High-Tech Facilities at Top Michigan

New Expertise Portal Quickly Connects Businesses with Experienced Researchers
            and High-Tech Facilities at Top Michigan Universities

  PR Newswire

  LANSING, Michigan, October 10, 2013

LANSING, Michigan, October 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Michigan Corporate Relations Network and Elsevier develop a unique database to
                         help bolster economic growth

Michigan's leading research universities and Elsevier have developed a free
online portal enabling companies in Michigan and around the globe to tap into
the expertise of the universities' faculty researchers, high-tech facilities
and other academic resources responsible for $2 billion in annual research.

The Expertise and Resource Portal is an online searchable database developed
and maintained by the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), a unique
collaboration of six research universities and Michigan's University Research

The portal, based on Elsevier's SciValĀ® Experts , showcases Michigan's leading
research experts and facilities and was funded by a grant from the Michigan
Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The portal provides an easy way for
companies to find experts who can help them develop new products or deal with
technical challenges, for example, thereby facilitating essential knowledge

"Using the portal can save companies valuable time in their efforts to tap the
extensive expertise available at Michigan's top research universities," said
Charley Hasemann, executive director of Michigan State University's
Business-CONNECT office. "These six MCRN universities provide an incredible
amount of university-to-business resources."

By using the portal, businesses gain access to nationally recognized research
universities, including Michigan State University in East Lansing, the
University of Michigan campuses in Ann Arbor and Dearborn and Wayne State
University in Detroit. Users can search a database of 6,632 researchers and
103 core research facilities that have produced more than 290,000 publications
and received nearly 30,000 research grants. 

Once faculty and facilities from Michigan Technological University in Houghton
and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo are integrated, the database will
encompass 99 percent of all research and patent activity at Michigan
universities. Searches can be based on a concept, a researcher's name or a
published abstract.

Nick Fowler, Managing Director Academic & Government Institutions at Elsevier,
said, "University research can help drive economic growth. Knowledge-sharing
between universities and industry can also result in valuable innovations for
society. Elsevier is proud to be supporting the Michigan Corporate Relations
Network with its mission to drive economic growth and innovation."

The portal's search tools will guide users to the university business
engagement office that can connect them to the appropriate university
resources. Businesses can count on being contacted by a business engagement
office within five working days after conducting a search.

"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

You can follow MCRN on Facebook , Twitter
(@MichiganCRN) and LinkedIn .

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

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

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