Welcome to the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center

The Southwest Michigan Innovation Center is a 69,000 square-foot business incubator/accelerator which provides a comprehensive range of support and assistance to nurture the formation, survival, and growth of innovative, entrepreneurial, life science businesses. The Innovation Center opened its doors in 2003.  Amenities of the Innovation Center include state of the art wet lab space, newly constructed executive office space, a subsidized, progressive rental structure, business services ... Learn More

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive range of support and assistance to nurture the formation, survival, and growth of innovative, entrepreneurial-driven life science firms in a state of the art wet laboratory building supported by knowledgeable professionals.


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We've Got The Tradition

The West Michigan region has influenced the life science industry for the past 125 years. Our rich history of life science entrepreneurialism dates back to the founding of the Upjohn Company in 1886 and the vibrancy of the Stryker Corporation since 1941 to the Innovation Center’s successful ... Read More »

We've Got The Success

West Michigan’s life science expertise is the foundation for the extraordinary success of the 31 client companies who have graduated from or are currently housed in the Innovation Center.  Read More »

We've Got The Talent

Many of the companies in the region are owned and operated by scientific entrepreneurs who have decades of global drug discovery and development experience. We can help you grow your business because we work together, utilizing our strengths to optimize your results. Imagine the possibilities of working near other world-class scientists who have made the decision to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams in a bureaucracy-free zone. Read More »

We've Got The Building

Take a tour of our state of the art 58,000 square foot wet lab facility and 11,000 square foot office expansion. Read More »

We've Got The Money

Southwest Michigan is home to the Southwest Michigan Life Science Fund, a $50 million dollar fund that invests primarily in early stage life science companies. Read More »

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Current Client Companies

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Summary of Success: Aug 2014

Client Company Employees: 161
Total Annual Payrolls: $7,530,658
Client Companies at SMIC: 18
Companies Served Since: 106
Graduate Startup Companies: 5

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Spider Research Helps Vestaron Build a Better Pesticide

For nearly nine years scientists in a lab on Western Michigan University's campus have been on the hunt for a better, safer way to kill bugs, and they have apparently found it in one of Mother Nature's most efficient exterminators: the spider ... Read More »

SMIC Spotlighted on Monday Night Live

Dr. Rob DeWit offered insights into Michigan life science innovation during a recent edition of "Monday Night Live," hosted by Keith Roe on Public Media Network ... Read More »

Featured Client Company

Metabolic Solutions Development Company

Metabolic Solutions Development Company is developing innovative therapeutics to treat diabetes and related symptoms of metabolic syndrome ... Learn More »

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