Greg Cavey

Founder and Lab Manager, Launch MI Lab in Kalamazoo. Launch MI Lab is a laboratory for life science startups, located at the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center. It has more than 2,300 square feet of secure wet lab space and access to equipment, including mass spectrometry systems, centrifuges, autoclaves, flow cytometers, a variety of microscopes, incubator, lyophilizer, upright freezer, and standard lab supplies and tools. Under his leadership, the lab has helped companies such as Metabolic Solutions Development Co., which earlier this year published data on a new drug target it has identified for improving the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The company contracted with Launch MI Lab to help define the proteins involved and their mechanism of action. Cavey, a biochemist and experienced research investigator, founded Launch MI Lab after more than 20 years in proteomics, mass spectrometry, and lab management. Previously, he was a research investigator at the Van Andel Research Institute where he established and directed the Laboratory of Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics for eight years. He was a group leader in the Upjohn Co.’s Control Biotechnology Unit where he supervised a protein chemistry lab. Following Upjohn’s merger with Pharmacia, Cavey moved to human health discovery research where he established a proteomics operation that provided mass spectrometry support for biologists and protein chemists. Cavey currently provides mass spectrometry services and counsel for Southwest Michigan Innovation Center clients as well as for local, regional, and national research companies, universities, and colleges. He was named to the Association of Biomedical Resource Facilities Protein Sequencing Group to evaluate the use of mass spectrometry to determine the amino terminal sequence of proteins due to the growing popularity of mass spectrometry in biology and chemistry labs globally. Cavey received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University.

WHERE BORN: “Kalamazoo.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “Two people. My chemistry teacher in high school got me interested in science and chemistry. The second was a friend who I worked with, Scott Musial, who encouraged me to go back to school, and I went to MSU in biochemistry and launched my career from there.”

LAST BOOK READ:Entrepreneurial Management by Robert J. Calvin.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Passionate, persistent, contemplative, and caring.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “It’s headed to more personalized medicine. The use of molecular techniques to influence treatment individualized to one’s genetic or protease makeup.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “A mass spectrometer, used in biology, chemistry, and eventually in personalized medicine in treatment.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “No doubt, Yellowstone National Park.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Fly fishing for trout, golfing occasionally, and coaching Little League baseball.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Grilled steak.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I’m actually a fairly accomplished woodworker. It’s my creative outlet.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As someone who was passionate about learning, passionate about sports, someone who cared about other people.”