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MTRAC awards $1M to support mobility, transportation research projects

ANN ARBOR—The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Advanced Transportation Innovation Hub at the University of Michigan recently awarded nearly $1 million to support eight multidisciplinary research projects with high commercial potential. U-M researchers from the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses, along with faculty from Western Michigan University, will receive a...

Impact Newsletter – July 2023

Summer is here, and the University of Michigan's research enterprise continues to buzz with new innovations and opportunities for impact. As you will see in this newsletter, the Innovation Partnerships team has been busy connecting with investors, entrepreneurs and companies, forging new partnerships to help bring the benefits of U-M research discoveries to the world.

MDI Therapeutics Celebrated Launch of Startup with Bell Ringing

On Wednesday, June 13, 2023, MDI Therapeutics celebrated the launch of its status as a startup company with a bell ringing held at the Innovation Partnerships office. MDI Therapeutics was founded by Daniel Lawrence and other key members of the team—including MDI Therapeutics President & CEO Stephen Benoit, Corey Emal,...

Accelerate Blue Fund Publishes First Annual Report

Learn more about the Accelerate Blue Fund's performance throughout Fiscal Year 2022.

Licensing of U-M Startup Pathways GI Celebrated with Bell Ringing Ceremony

On Tuesday, June 6, 2023, Innovation Partnerships hosted the team of University of Michigan (U-M) startup Pathways GI to celebrate their licensing agreement with the ringing of the startup bell. Co-founders Ryan Stidham and Kevin Wittrup were in attendance. On working with Innovation Partnerships, Kevin Wittrup stated: “Working with Innovation...

Impact Newsletter – May 2023

I hope that your summer is off to a great start. Warmer weather is bringing an increased pace of activity and a heightened sense of potential and collaboration throughout our ecosystem. This newsletter shares updates on a number of exciting projects and events happening throughout our innovation ecosystem.

Licensing of h-Bar Instruments, a startup with roots at U-M and Harvard University, Celebrated with Bell Ringing Ceremony

Innovation Partnerships celebrated the licensing of h-Bar Instruments on May 25, 2023, with the ringing of the startup bell. h-Bar’s CEO EmJ Rennich, as well as co-founders Robert Hovden and Ismail El Baggari were in attendance.  h-Bar Instruments is a tech company developing solutions for electron microscopy and atomic imaging...

New Report Shows Michigan Lagging Neighboring States on Crucial Funding Support for Entrepreneurs and Startups

• Coalition of venture development organizations call for creation of Michigan Startup Evergreen Fund • Seed money from State government critical to keeping pace, increasing the number of startups in Michigan, stopping exodus of business from the state For more information, please visit the ID Ventures hub here. Detroit –...

Accelerate Blue Fund Two-Year Anniversary Celebration

On Tuesday, May 16, 2023, Innovation Partnerships celebrated the second anniversary of the launch of the Accelerate Blue Fund (ABF). The event was hosted by ABF Strategic Advisory Board members, Don and Anaïs Hicks, at their venue the Blue Llama Jazz Club. CEOs of Accelerate Blue Fund portfolio startups were...

New University Program Director Hired by National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)

The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative focused on creating new communities of innovators to solve defense problems, is excited to announce the appointment of its newest UM-NSIN University Program Director, Marvin D. Yates, Sr. As University Program Director, Yates will work closely with U-M...

Licensing of U-M Startup Arborsense Celebrated with Bell Ringing Ceremony

After years of delay due to the pandemic, on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, Innovation Partnerships finally had the chance to celebrate the licensing of the biochemical startup Arborsense with the ringing of the startup bell. Arborsense was founded by Girish Kulkarni, Xudong Fan, Mark Ilgen and Zhaohui Zhong, and has...
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