The presidents of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University will cover a lot of ground about research and development, jobs and the economy Monday, March 21 in a WWJ Newsradio 950 Business Breakfast event at The Sheraton Novi.

Michael Finney, the new chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., will also sit in on the panel, moderated by Matt Roush, WWJ’s technology editor.

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The Q&A will cover what’s different and unique about university research, how each university approaches industry-sponsored reserach, and what we can learn from the successful companies that have spun out of university research.

We’ll also learn where the jobs are in the hottest sectors of the economy, and how startups and established businesses alike can use the three universities’ one-stop-shop business engagement centers.

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And we’ll learn about the latest in university tech transfer policies, and coming improvements in the patent and licensing process.

Finally, we’ll learn how Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed policies will change these activities.

The event begins with networking and continental breakfast at 7:15 a.m. The discussion runs from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The Sheraton Novi is at 21111 Haggerty Road.

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The event costs $10. Registration is available at this link.