What We Do

Life science, technology, and engineering companies depend upon robust systems, services and expertise. The Innovation Center delivers on all fronts.  You'll get a corporate experience on a shoestring budget.

Business Support 

Our staff and consultants boast many decades of experience in technology and business. The Innovation Center has an unparalleled success rate among our client companies exceeding 90 percent, and a proven track record with 76 patents and more than $200 million leveraged by our client companies. We offer: 

  • On-site business and financial counseling, along with access to financial, legal and communication services. 
  • Business equipment, including overhead projectors and high-speed color copier
  • Business services, including free high-speed Internet, shared conference rooms, mail and package handling, reception,
  • Entrepreneurial services, including business plan assistance, introductions to investors, management team recruitment advice, monthly lunch-and-learns, SBIR training classes, customer discovery workshops, and more.

Facilities

Life science, technology, and engineering ventures involve many great, innovative ideas, but they share common needs. The Innovation Center is both designed and determined to meet those needs. We offer 58,000 square feet of purpose-built wet-lab space‚ 72 individual labs in all‚ plus 11,000 square feet of conferences rooms, offices and common areas. Our air handling system is designed specifically for wet-lab operations and our rental structure is low-cost and progressive, benefitting technology companies of all sizes, especially new startups. Additionally, we are located in a state-designated SmartZone, which provides 100% personal property tax exemption. Our clients enjoy:

  • All-inclusive utilities
  • On-site HVAC and maintenance
  • High-speed wireless internet
  • VOIP telephone service
  • A/V equipment
  • Access to scientific equipment and supplies
  • Procurement assistance
  • Common business equipment
  • Locking USPS mailboxes and mailing address
  • Front office/reception
  • On-site events and workshops
  • Packaging/receiving
  • Free parking
  • Fully secured building
  • Personal property tax exemption

Scientific Support

What makes the Innovation Center unique among incubators/accelerators is our depth of scientific and business counsel. Innovation Center clients use our collaborative environment to share insights and advance their science. We provide on-site business counseling, lab and business training, and links to experts in finance, legal and communication services. In addition to on-site scientific equipment, our clients can easily access local resources, including two vivariums, mass spec analytical services, quantitative bioanalytical analysis services, and scientific consulting.

  • Affiliate Incubation Program
    The Affiliate Incubation Program is the Resident Incubation Program without the physical space. Affiliate client companies engage in all the business incubation activities offered in the Resident program but they do not rent any laboratory or office space inside the Innovation Center. Affiliate client companies often choose this option because their physical space requirements are not aligned with what the Innovation Center can provide yet they still wish to be part of the incubation process.
  • The Ideation Station

    The Ideation Station is a shared work environment for high-tech entrepreneurs requiring space in which to develop their business concepts. The Ideation Station program provides month-to-month access to Innovation Center resources, helping technology companies grow to the point of taking on conventional leases at the Innovation Center or re-locating to existing facilities in the local community. Located inside the Innovation Center, Ideation Station provides low-cost, shared office space and amenities in an entrepreneurial, innovative atmosphere. It provides networking opportunities, as well as access to on-site business tools and resources.

    Membership Features
    All memberships are per person, not per company
    • A month-to-month membership fee
    • A shared office area furnished with desks, chairs, and comfortable seating
    • Access to high-speed internet
    • Access to printer/scanner/copier and AV equipment
    • Use of private meeting rooms and cafÈ area in the Innovation Center
    • Reception service
    • Access to a community of high-tech entrepreneurs
    • Free hot beverages and monthly luncheons
    • Mailing address
    • Ample free parking
    • Business library and resource center
    • Procurement assistance and packing shipping/receiving
    • Access to funding opportunities
    • Specialized events and trainings

    Membership Fees
    • Unlimited 24/7: $99/month ($50 per month for additional company members)
      • Secure, 24-hour access, 7 days per week
    • Single Day Pass: $20/day
      • Access 8:00-5:00 for one business day
  • Launch MI Lab

    Launch MI Lab makes shared laboratory space available to startup high-tech companies that are not yet ready to rent dedicated lab space. Launch MI Lab provides month-to-month rental of dedicated bench space inside a larger shared lab environment. Also included is access to a vast array of shared scientific and business equipment.

    Membership Features
    All memberships are $400 per month, per company
    • A dedicated 8' bench inside a 1,500 s.f. shared equipment area
    • An all-inclusive rate (high-speed internet, electricity, water, property taxes)
    • Access to printer/scanner/copier and AV equipment
    • Use of private meeting rooms and cafÈ area in the Innovation Center Reception service
    • Access to a community of high-tech entrepreneurs
    • Free hot beverages and monthly luncheons
    • Mailing address
    • Ample free parking
    • Business library and resource center
    • Procurement assistance and package shipping/receiving
    • Access to funding opportunities
    • Specialized events and trainings

    Shared Laboratory Environment
    • Mass spectrometry system
    • Centrifuges
    • Autoclaves
    • Various microscopes
    • Incubators
    • Refrigerators/freezers
    • RO/DI water
    • Flake ice machine
    • Glassware washer

    Access to Scientific Resources
    • Vivariums
    • Mass spectrometry analytical services
    • Quantitative bioanalytical analysis services
    • Scientific and regulatory consulting services
  • Resident Incubation Program

    The Resident Incubation Program is the premiere WMedIC offering. Resident incubation permits a client company's employees 24/7 access to dedicated laboratory and/or office space inside the Innovation Center. Through regular interaction with Innovation Center management, companies will receive business mentoring and guidance as well as access to numerous state, local, and university resources to advance their business and technology.

    Program Features
    • 58,000 s.f. of wet lab space (72 individual labs)
    • A tiered rental rate system
    • All-inclusive rental rate (internet, electricity, water, property taxes)
    • Access to printer/scanner/copier and AV equipment
    • Kalamazoo SmartZone
    • Access to shared scientific equipment in the Launch MI Lab
    • Reception service
    • Procurement assistance and package shipping/receiving
    • Access to a community of high-tech entrepreneurs
    • Free hot beverages and monthly luncheons
    • Mailing address
    • Ample free parking
    • Business library and resource center
    • Access to funding opportunities
    • Specialized events and trainings

    Shared Laboratory Environment
    • Mass spectrometry system
    • Centrifuges
    • Autoclaves
    • Various microscopes
    • Incubators
    • Refrigerators/freezers
    • RO/DI water
    • Flake ice machine
    • Glassware washer

    Access to Scientific Resources
    • Vivariums
    • Mass spectrometry analytical services
    • Quantitative bioanalytical analysis services
    • Scientific and regulatory consulting services
  • Skunk Works

    The Skunk Works is a program designed for existing companies in the Kalamazoo area that are developing new technologies and are seeking an entrepreneurial environment in which to validate those technologies. To be eligible for the Skunk Works, applicants must have an existing local operation, be unable to support the proposed project in-house due to a lack of space or other specialized resource(s), and have a strong science/technology concept that requires small scale, short term validation.

    Program Features
    • Dedicated lab and/or office space at market rates
    • All-inclusive rental rate (internet, electricity, water, property taxes)
    • Access to printer/scanner/copier and AV equipment
    • Kalamazoo SmartZone
    • Access to shared scientific equipment in the Launch MI Lab
    • Reception service
    • Procurement assistance and package shipping/receiving
    • Access to a community of high-tech entrepreneurs
    • Free hot beverages and monthly luncheons
    • Mailing address
    • Ample free parking
    • Business library and resource center
    • Access to funding opportunities
    • Specialized events and trainings

    Shared Laboratory Environment
    • Mass spectrometry system
    • Centrifuges
    • Autoclaves
    • Various microscopes
    • Incubators
    • Refrigerators/freezers
    • RO/DI water
    • Flake ice machine
    • Glassware washer

    Access to Scientific Resources
    • Vivariums
    • Mass spectrometry analytical services
    • Quantitative bioanalytical analysis services
    • Scientific and regulatory consulting services
  • The Workbench

    Designed with designers in mind, The Workbench is an engineering co-working environment for startup companies creating prototypes and minimum viable products (MVPs). A program of the WMU Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine (WMed), The Workbench provides month-to-month access to the resources of the Innovation Center, helping technology companies grow to the point of taking on conventional leases at the Innovation Center or re-locating to existing facilities in the local community. Located inside the Innovation Center, The Workbench provides low-cost physical science workspace and amenities in an entrepreneurial, innovative atmosphere. It provides networking opportunities, as well as access to on-site business tools and resources.

    Membership Features
    All Memberships (all memberships are $199 per month per company)
    • A dedicated desk with locking file cabinet
    • A shared workbench area furnished with abundant electrical outlets and Internet ports
    • Access to high-speed Internet
    • Access to printer/scanner/copier & AV equipment
    • Use of private meeting rooms & cafÈ area in WMed Innovation Center
    • Reception service
    • Access to a community of high-tech entrepreneurs
    • Free hot beverages and monthly luncheons
    • Mailing address
    • Ample free parking
    • Business library & resource center
    • Procurement assistance & package shipping/receiving
    • Access to funding opportunities
    • Specialized events and trainings

    Ideal For
    • Medical device/diagnostics
    • Computer technology
    • Material science
    • Sensors
    • Engineering of all kinds

How to Apply

The next step in your life science, technology, or engineering venture is yours and we are ready to help you on that journey. We have several programs available to high-tech for-profit companies seeking entrepreneurial support.