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Axia Institute Offices Relocate to MSU St. Andrews

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Michigan State University’s Axia Institute will be moving to the MSU St. Andrews research facility at 1910 W. St Andrews Rd, in Midland from its offices in Midland’s East End building at the end of 2022.

“I’m excited about our upcoming move to this historic building in Discovery Square. While the East End has been a great location for us, the opportunity to relocate to MSU St. Andrews will facilitate a more collaborative working environment for our team,” stated Axia Institute executive director, John Hatfield. “The Axia Lab, which launched in September 2021 is already housed at MSU St. Andrews and having our offices and lab in one location was an easy decision for us to make going forward,” continued Hatfield.

The MSU St. Andrews facility, is a chemistry research and STEAM education center that has been in operation since the building was repurposed for use by MSU after the Michigan Molecular Institute, or MMI ceased operations in 2015. “As an original land grant University, MSU’s mission is advancing outreach, engagement, and economic development activities that are innovative, research-driven, and lead to better quality of life for individuals and communities. Having the bulk of MSU’s Midland resources in one location will benefit the University and the Midland community at-large,” according to Charles Hasemann, Ph.D., MSU’s assistant vice president for innovation and economic development.

Axia’s move is planned for the beginning of December 2022 and will be completed by January 1, 2023.

About Axia
Located in Midland, MI, The Axia Institute®, is a premier research and education center dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve public and private value chains. Established by Michigan State University in 2013, The Axia Institute® partners with industry to solve grand challenges and conduct cross-disciplinary research in areas of value chain optimization, data analytics, engineering, smart packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and water and food safety.

The Institute was founded by leaders in value chain creation and development at MSU, including the Eli Broad College of Business, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, College of Social Science, and School of Packaging. Founding donors include Dow, the Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, and the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation.

About MSU St. Andrews

Michigan State University engages in exploratory and development chemistry in the historic St. Andrews Laboratory in Midland, Michigan. From this base, MSU also operates a STEAM education center, and provides valuable learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics to students, families, and teachers in the Great Lakes Bay area. 

These activities support Michigan State University’s general mission of research, teaching, and service-outreach, and specifically advance MSU’s efforts to promote economic vitality in the region and the state.

Support for both the facility and educational programming is made possible through the support of several local organizations: the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundationthe Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundationthe Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, and the Dow Chemical Company Foundation.