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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...

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.

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.

Holiday Newsletter – December 2021

I’m pleased to share with you our final newsletter for 2021, along with stories and reflections from a year that was both challenging and rewarding. The resilient U-M innovation ecosystem continued to gain momentum in 2021, with a record number of commercialization agreements executed as well as nearly $1.5B in...

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...

Momentous First Year for U-M’s Accelerate Blue Fund

It’s been another momentous year for the Accelerate Blue Fund (ABF), the evergreen investment fund for U-M startups. ABF aims to bridge the funding gap between initial launch and angel/VC funding and invests exclusively in tech startups based on licensed U-M intellectual property. The Fund is being raised through the...

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...

MTRAC Advanced Transportation Hub Funding Awards

U-M MTRAC Advanced Transportation Hub Announces 2021-2022 Funding Awards for High-Tech Mobility Projects By Courtney Overbey ANN ARBOR, Mich., August 30, 2021 — The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Advanced Transportation Hub at the University of Michigan announced 2021-2022 awards totaling over $600,000 for diverse high-tech, early-stage mobility projects...

New Innovation Partnerships Launch

Innovation Partnerships Leads U-M Research Commercialization Efforts The University of Michigan has announced the launch of Innovation Partnerships, a reorganized unit that will serve as a central hub to lead research commercialization efforts, support startup company launch and growth, and create and foster corporate research alliances. The newly named Innovation...
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