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Posted on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 : 10:33 a.m.

MSU startup wants more space at University of Michigan's ex-Pfizer site

By Nathan Bomey

A startup chemical products company born out of Michigan State University wants more space at the former Pfizer complex now owned by the University of Michigan.

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BoroPharm is leasing this 4,300-square-foot facility from the University of Michigan.

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BoroPharm, which last year became the first outside company to lease space at U-M's North Campus Research Complex, is growing and "planning to expand its presence at the U-M complex," tech news site Xconomy reported.

The university is “sitting on a lot of square footage and our expansion needs will require additional space,” BoroPharm CEO Todd Zahn told Xconomy. “It’s a very good resource for us to be able to expand without having to build."

The company, which also rents space from MSU, rents a 4,300-square-foot lab building at the ex-Pfizer site.

David Canter, executive director of the NCRC and the former leader of the 174-acre campus when it was operated by Pfizer, said last year that BoroPharm occupies a "very specialized chemistry facility."

The university has said it wants to continue to strike commercial partnerships to use parts of the ex-Pfizer site, which now has about 600 U-M employees. The university has launched a new business incubator for its own startup employees on the Pfizer campus.

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