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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...

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

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...

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...

Courage Therapeutics

The inspiration to start a company can come from anywhere. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the mid-1990s with a degree in molecular biology, Dan Housman became a serial entrepreneur, launching several startups and developing website-building tools and health system databases. One of Dan’s startups was eventually...

Impact Newsletter – February 2021

For a tenth consecutive year, U-M ranks No. 1 in research volume among U.S. public universities, according to the latest NSF Report. As we share in the Newsletter stories, U-M innovators are working tirelessly to move the results of this research towards the market as promising new technologies, devices, and...

Educational Series: Startup 101 Webinars

Startup Licensing 101: A Resource for Entrepreneurs Working with Companies Originated at Academic Institutions For many entrepreneurs, licensing from a university may be a new experience. This series of webinars provides information that will be helpful for academic entrepreneurs contemplating their first (or perhaps subsequent) license from an academic institution....

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...

Giving Blueday | March 10, 2021

We hope you will support our efforts at Technology Transfer as we transform U-M research discoveries into technologies to improve quality of life, fuel economic development, and change the world. The University of Michigan’s vast research enterprise launches over 20 new startups per year. These startups create opportunities for U-M...

MTRAC Transportation – Request for Proposals

Advancing Early-Stage Transportation Technologies What is MTRAC Transportation? The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation is a statewide program that funds translational research applications that address future, or poorly met market needs. The program is open to all institutions of higher education, and non-profit research...

World-Class Venture Accelerator Supporting U-M Startups

A Conversation with Innovation Manager Diane Bouis The U-M Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) exists to ensure that Michigan research and discoveries get a chance to have the greatest possible impact in the world. But how do you do that? One of the aspects of our credo to “fuel a...
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