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University Startup Efforts Push Forward as New Capital Comes Available

By Nick Manes, Crains Detroit Business A long-planned philanthropic venture capital fund sponsored by the University of Michigan is up and running, with the goal of bolstering early stage startups in Ann Arbor and around the state. . . . Download PDF

U-M’s Kelly Sexton: Biotech Industry Continues to Thrive, Find New Solutions

By Nick Manes, Crains Detroit Business Last May, the University of Michigan inked a $130 million deal with New York City health care investment firm Deerfield Management Co. LP in an effort to ramp up drug commercialization efforts coming out of the Ann Arbor university’s tech transfer office. The deal...

U-M Startup Oncopia Acquired by Roivant

One of our biggest news stories happened as 2020 wound to a close when Roivant Pharma acquired University of Michigan (U-M) startup Oncopia Therapeutics, a targeted protein degradation company co-founded by prolific inventor and U-M Professor Shaomeng Wang. Under the deal, announced December 7, 2020, Roivant Sciences will add to...

Innovation Partnerships Ramps Up Great Lakes Discovery Program

After a 10-year alliance with up to $130 million in funding from Deerfield Management Co. was announced in May, the U-M Office of Innovation Partnerships has worked quickly to solicit the first round of project proposals and staff a role that will be essential for the alliance’s success. Under U-M’s...

2020 Distinguished Innovator of the Year

Creating online courthouses that improve access to justice and reduce disparities in our legal system earned J.J. Prescott, a University of Michigan law professor, this year’s Distinguished University Innovator Award. The award honors faculty who have developed transformative ideas, processes, or technologies and successfully brought them to market.   Prescott’s...

Accelerate Blue Fund Approaches First Close Goal

The Accelerate Blue Fund, which will provide early-stage investment capital for U-M startup companies, has raised $1.5M of its “first close” goal of $2M thanks to the generous donations of its Founders Circle Members and Supporters. Accelerate Blue has a target size of $20 million, which will be raised through...

Refraction AI

Last Mile Delivery Robots Find Their Place During Stay at Home Order U-M robotics startup Refraction AI designs and operates networked fleets of autonomous robotic delivery vehicles. In the COVID-19 crisis they saw a clear need for the “last-mile” logistics platform that they had been testing on the streets of...

U-M Innovation Partnerships Impact

As I reflect on the past year and the challenges of the past few months, I feel incredible admiration for the ingenuity, brilliance and drive of the University of Michigan community of innovators…Kelly Sexton, Associate Vice President for Research Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships

U-M Record-Breaking Growth in Startups FY20

U-M launches record number of startups, inventions in FY2020, during period marked by pandemic By Jeff Karoub, Michigan News ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan launched a record 31 startups in fiscal year 2020, a 40% increase during a period that included a pandemic and temporarily shuttered labs. U-M inventors went...

2020 Distinguished University Innovator Award

Online Court Tool that Reduces Disparities, Virus Spread Wins Annual U-M Innovation Award By Jeff Karoub, Michigan News For developing technology that’s helping to democratize the justice system while decreasing the spread of COVID-19, University of Michigan law professor J.J. Prescott has earned this year’s Distinguished University Innovator Award. Prescott...

Deerfield Commits up to $130M to Commercialize Drug Discovery at the University of Michigan

By Jeff Karoub, Michigan News ANN ARBOR—A new partnership between the University of Michigan and health care investment firm Deerfield Management Co. will create a company to commercialize therapeutic projects that hold promise in solving unmet medical needs. U-M and Deerfield on Wednesday announced the launch of Great Lakes Discoveries...

Accelerate Blue Fund

New investment fund to offer early-stage capital for U-M startups Michigan News | by Dave Wilkins U-M Innovation Partnerships, the unit responsible for commercializing University of Michigan research discoveries and innovations, will create the Accelerate Blue Fund to provide seed capital to nascent U-M startup companies. Creation of the fund...
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