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Michigan University Innovation Capital Fund Now Accepting Applications

By Alexi Pierce Innovation Partnerships Today, Innovation Partnerships at the University of Michigan (U-M) announced the Michigan University Innovation Capital Fund (MUICF) has launched and is accepting applications for investment opportunities. The MUICF is a new pre-seed venture fund focused on investing in Michigan startup companies that have a license...

Great Lakes Discovery to Facilitate University of Michigan Researcher to Pursue a Therapeutic Treatment for Systemic Inflammation

Great Lakes Discovery, the collaboration between Deerfield Management and the University of Michigan, will help facilitate Dr. David Markovitz M.D.’s lab to pursue a therapeutic treatment for systemic inflammation through the new exploratory biologics initiative.  David Markovitz is a Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases who...

Bryce Pilz Receives 2022 OVPR Exceptional Service Award

Bryce Pilz, executive director of licensing and strategic alliances, has been named the recipient of the 2022 OVPR Exceptional Service Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). This award is among the 10 research staff recognition awards presented annually to staff members in recognition of their research and scholarship effort at the University of Michigan.

Research Bridge Partners’ Seed Capital Investment in Asalyxa Bio

Research Bridge Partners – a 501 (c) (3) organization that bridges preeminent innovators at mid-continent research universities with the commercialization resources of Silicon Valley— announced a seed capital investment in Asalyxa Bio, a University of Michigan spinout that has developed a drug-delivery technology to treat a wide range of inflammatory diseases.

U-M Professor Alison Narayan Named Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) Global Scholar

After U-M was selected to participate in the prestigious Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) Global Scholars Program, FY21 saw Innovation Partnerships work with faculty to submit over 40 proposals. U-M professor Alison Narayan was became an inaugural winner of the highly competitive award. The NIBR Global Scholars Program selected only six researchers globally as awardees from more than 700 proposals across 38 institutions.

Momentous First Year for U-M’s Accelerate Blue Fund

It’s been another momentous year for the Accelerate Blue Fund (ABF), the evergreen investment fund for U-M startups. ABF aims to bridge the funding gap between initial launch and angel/VC funding and invests exclusively in tech startups based on licensed U-M intellectual property. The Fund is being raised through the...

MTRAC Advanced Transportation Hub Funding Awards

U-M MTRAC Advanced Transportation Hub Announces 2021-2022 Funding Awards for High-Tech Mobility Projects By Courtney Overbey ANN ARBOR, Mich., August 30, 2021 — The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Advanced Transportation Hub at the University of Michigan announced 2021-2022 awards totaling over $600,000 for diverse high-tech, early-stage mobility projects...

New Innovation Partnerships Launch

Innovation Partnerships Leads U-M Research Commercialization Efforts The University of Michigan has announced the launch of Innovation Partnerships, a reorganized unit that will serve as a central hub to lead research commercialization efforts, support startup company launch and growth, and create and foster corporate research alliances. The newly named Innovation...

2021 Distinguished University Innovator

Professor Behind Breakthrough Tools for Weather Data, Education Wins Annual U-M Innovation Award By Jeff Karoub Michigan News For developing a series of pioneering learning and weather-related tools and technologies and launching successful companies around them that serve millions of people, University of Michigan professor Perry Samson has earned this...

U-M’s Kelly Sexton – Preserve Innovation at Michigan’s Research Universities

The Detroit News by Kelly Sexton, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships, University of Michigan In 2020, the University of Michigan reported a record 268 licensing agreements and launched 31 startup businesses. Thanks to rights granted by the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act, UM labs alone have...

University Collaboration with DoD Aims to Strengthen National Security, Spur Technologies

The Office of the Vice President for Research has launched a new collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in an effort to expand communities of innovators that will work together to identify solutions to important national security challenges. Through this collaboration the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), a...

MTRAC Transportation Names New Commercialization Program Director

Anne Partington has joined the Office of Technology Transfer team as the Commercialization Program Director for the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation. MTRAC is a statewide program that funds projects which commercialize university research into products or services that shape the future of transportation...
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