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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...

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...

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...

Kinetica Labs – Ergonomic Motion Capture Software

University of Michigan (U-M) startup Kinetica Labs is revolutionizing the workplace safety market with a trio of motion capture applications launched in July 2020. The combination of a high-value technology platform and stringing together the right local resources and networks positioned the company for success. Kinetica Labs develops motion capture...

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...

2020 Recipient of the Jessica Soulliere Award

For his positive attitude, work ethic and leadership, Chuck Cole, Associate Director of the Michigan Venture Center, was awarded U-M Innovation Partnerships’s Jessica Soulliere Outstanding Service Award. The award is named for our late colleague, Jessica Soulliere, who was a trusted and valued member of OTT with an exceptional work...

20th Annual Celebrate Invention – Recap

2020 has definitely forced all of us to redefine work and networking. As the date approached for the 20th annual Celebrate Invention we faced a choice: cancel it for 2020, or figure out how to host an impactful virtual event to connect our U-M startups, innovators, and partners. We chose...

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...

Celebrate Invention 2020

Celebrate Invention, September 21 – 24, 2020 Members of the University of Michigan community of innovators, leaders from promising U-M startups, and alumni gathered from around the world for the first-ever virtual Celebrate Invention to honor U-M inventors, discuss the growing impact of U-M innovations, and explore ways to further...

Breakthrough Technology for Extracting Insights from Raw Video Footage at Scale

Today, billions of video cameras are being used by cities and businesses worldwide to collect potentially valuable information. However, until now, tagging content and extracting useful information from raw video footage has been a laborious, cost-prohibitive process requiring an initial frame-by-frame analysis of objects by human beings. In 2017, U-M...

Optimizing Micro-Particle Drug Delivery Systems for Acute Inflammatory Disease

The Eniola-Adefeso Lab Typically, white blood cells are a key agent in repairing tissue, controlling infection, and defeating disease. But in the case of acute lung injury, which has a mortality rate of 40 to 60 percent, white blood cells exacerbate the problem by breaking down vascular barriers to the...

University of Michigan Accelerate Blue Fund

The University of Michigan Accelerate Blue Fund (“Accelerate Blue” or the “Fund”) is a new early-stage investment fund approved by the Regents of the University of Michigan on October 17, 2019. Accelerate Blue is a collaborative, cross-campus effort led by the U-M Innovation Partnerships Venture Center in support of U-M...
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