Advanced Analytical Equipment Available
Pfizer donates nearly $1 Million of equipment to be distributed to young
Michigan tech companies at nearly no cost.
What is the Michigan Innovation Equipment Depot?
The Michigan Innovation Equipment Depot (MIED) is the result of the collaborative
efforts of Pfizer, Ann Arbor SPARK, MichBio and Michigan’s Smart Zones. The
mission of the program is to provide life science start-up companies throughout Michigan
with equipment resources to further their growth.
What is the purpose of the MIED?
The purpose of the MIED is to accelerate commercialization by providing access to
previously used laboratory equipment critical to a company’s product research,
development and manufacturing.
Who qualifies to receive equipment from the MIED?
Many factors will be taken into consideration when choosing companies who receive
equipment through the MIED. Criteria include:
o Must be based in Michigan
o The critical need for the equipment
o The stage of commercialization for which the instrument will be predominantly
used, e.g., target or lead identification, lead modification, pre-clinical validation,
safety pharmacology, product development, etc.
o Whether the equipment will be used exclusively or shared with other companies,
institutions or programs
o The anticipated benefits of having access to the equipment
o The needed resources to operate the equipment are in place or committed, i.e.
software, hardware, service enhancements and agreements, business funding, etc.
o Will new jobs be created, how many and when
Who makes the decisions regarding equipment donation through the MIED?
Each SmartZone will be responsible for due diligence of the companies and their
requests, and submit only those requests meeting the outlined criteria. MichBio will help
evaluate requests to determine best use of equipment for the benefit of Michigan’s fast
growing life science sectors.
Suitable applications will be forwarded to an independent revi