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Engineering Professor Wei Lu Named Distinguished University Innovator of the Year

  The world is becoming more and more reliant on Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Smartphones, smart homes, social media, cars and many more modern devices are utilizing AI, and innovations created by University of Michigan Professor Wei Lu are leading the way in the creation of more powerful and efficient AI...

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.

EVOQ Therapeutics Announces a License and Collaboration Agreement with Amgen

EVOQ Therapeutics today announced a license and collaboration agreement with Amgen for the discovery and development of novel drugs for autoimmune disorders. Under the terms of the agreement, Amgen and EVOQ will collaborate on preclinical development and Amgen will be responsible for clinical development and commercialization.

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.

2021 Outstanding Service Award

Q&A with Lisa Johnson – Jessica Soulliere Outstanding Service Award Recipient For her can-do attitude, infectious positive energy, and willingness to help anyone and everyone, Lisa Johnson was awarded Innovation Partnerships’ Jessica Soulliere Outstanding Service Award. The award is named for our late colleague, Jessica Soulliere, who was a trusted...

Welcome to Innovation Partnerships

Recently launched Innovation Partnerships is positioned to amplify the impact of U-M innovators through a broadened scope of commercialization and partnership opportunities, and a team that brings a wealth of cumulative experience, connections and versatility. Alongside its new name, Innovation Partnerships created a Corporate Research Alliances unit to enhance support...

Corporate Research Alliances

The newly established Corporate Research Alliances (CRA) unit within Innovation Partnerships is gearing up to provide a gateway for research partnerships between U-M faculty and industry. The unit supports and streamlines the establishment, implementation and ongoing management of research collaborations by providing faculty-facing support to convert industry relationships into successful...

Professor Emeritus Sridhar Kota

From researcher to inventor to entrepreneur to D.C. policymaker for engineering and manufacturing, recently retired U-M Professor Sridhar Kota reflects on the struggles and rewards of translating ideas to products and how the system as a whole can do better. Kota’s positions and accomplishments are many. He was a professor...

A Critical Center for Critical Care

U-M’s Weil Institute is charged with developing transformative technologies for patients. In the seven years since its founding, Weil Institute has collaborated with Innovation Partnerships to spin out eight companies and licensed 14 products that are making positive impacts on patients in the critical care setting. Last year alone, the...

InheRET: Finding At-Risk People Before They Become Cancer Patients

U-M startup InheRET is making an impact on patients and care centers with its tool that more accurately identifies which people are at risk for developing inherited cancers than standard family histories. It arms patients and their clinicians with information that enables careful monitoring and earlier intervention. The Inherited Risk...

Praktio – Helping Lawyers Learn through Mistakes

When then University of Michigan law professor Michael Bloom began work on an interactive teaching tool for his students, his intention wasn’t to create a product that would be housed in a company and used by thousands of people in the broader legal community. But he ended up doing just...

Venture Fund Reaches Milestone, Makes First Investment

The Accelerate Blue Fund, a University of Michigan early-stage venture fund raised through philanthropy, has reached its first fundraising milestone and made its first investment in a U-M tech startup. The recipient of the fund’s first investment is Movellus Inc., which provides technology to boost semiconductor chip design for cloud...
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