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Blu Biotech Inc. Announces a Patent License Agreement with University of Michigan

Blu Biotech Inc. entered into a Patent License Agreement with Innovation Partnerships at the University of Michigan (U-M) to develop and commercialize a Micro Gas Chromatography Photoionization Detector (Micro-GC-PID), that uses a patient’s breath to diagnose various forms of cancer, COVID-19 and related variants, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), sepsis, and other acute and chronic inflammatory diseases. This novel diagnostic testing device was developed at the College of Engineering and the Weil Institute for Critical Care Research and Innovation through the efforts of Dr. Xudong Fan of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Dr. Kevin Ward of the Department of Emergency Medicine at U-M.

Celebrating MTRAC Advanced Transportation Alumni! Dr. Mojtaba Akhavan-Tafti presents at Tech Talk 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Mojtaba Akhavan-Tafti, a 2020 MTRAC Advanced Transportation awardee, on his recent Tech Talk 2022: “Adaptable Powerful Transformative Solar Solutions”, which provides an engaging overview of the global energy industry and its impact on global warming. Dr. Akhavan-Tafti summarizes the key challenges required to transform global energy production...

Celebrate Invention 2022 Recap

Thursday, October 13, 2022  |  1:00pm–6:00pm  | Michigan Union, 2nd Floor In Partnership with Program Recap 1:00–3:00pm: Ecosystem Fair Room 2210 ABC, Michigan Union, 2nd Floor Attendees were able to meet with commercialization support services that can help advance their research to the market. They could also discover translational research funding...

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...

University of Michigan Startup, Genomenon, Raises $20M Series B Financing

On March 10, 2022, University of Michigan startup Genomenon Inc., an AI-driven genomics data company, announced the completion of a $20 million Series B financing round led by Farmington Hills-based Beringea. Genomenon leverages AI to organize the world’s genomic knowledge to help doctors and clinicians more accurately diagnose patients with...

Innovation Partnerships Launches New Site

Following last fall’s rebrand, we are proud to announce the launch of the newly revamped website! As with the rebrand, we continued a strategy of collaboration by partnering with faculty and staff from across the University of Michigan as well as with entrepreneurs, investors and stakeholders from industry to gain...

Accelerate Blue Fund Celebrates One Year Launch Anniversary

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Innovation Partnerships celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Accelerate Blue Fund (ABF) with a memorable evening of great food and amazing music.

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.

Innovative Ed-Tech Tools from the University of Michigan – 2022 IMS Global Learning Impact Conference

Innovation Partnerships will be sponsoring a booth at the Learning Impact Conference, June 13–16, 2022, featuring two ed-tech tools developed by faculty leaders in path-breaking teaching pedagogy. SAVE THE DATES: June 14, 2022 – 4:30-5:00 pm CDT Can Online Role-Playing Simulations Produce Learning Engagement and Skills Development? Speaker: Elisabeth Gerber,...

Impact Newsletter – March 2022

​​I recently attended the first in-person meeting of technology commercialization professionals since 2019 at the AUTM annual conference. It was wonderful to reconnect with peers and colleagues from around the country, and energizing to bring new ideas about how we can supercharge our efforts to ensure that every U-M research...

National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Hires New Program Director

The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), a Department of Defense (DoD) collaboration with the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research, is pleased to announce Alison Beatty as its new U-M Program Director.

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.
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