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University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships
University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships

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Digital Discovery

The Digital Discovery ProcessSM is a unique service built to help faculty and staff move early stage software based ideas from unstructured brainstorms, fragments and broad based inspiration into well formed and developed concepts. This powerful service helps move your ideas from a rough sketch to an articulate vision that can be clearly presented, supported and actioned.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Michigan helps turn ideas into action by supporting, connecting, and providing opportunities between students, faculty, and staff.

Technology Commercialization FAQ

Innovation Partnerships is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research that provides service to U-M faculty by serving as the primary gateway for researchers seeking to increase the impact of their work by connecting with the private sector — whether this be through corporate sponsored research collaborations, licensing discussions, or connections with entrepreneurs and investors to support startup company formation.

Fast Forward Medical Innovation

Offering resources and support to world-class biomedical researchers at the University of Michigan, and across the state.

Frankel Innovation Initiative

The Frankel Innovation Initiative is a $20 million fund supporting the research and development of life-saving therapies at Michigan Medicine.

Great Lakes Discovery

Great Lakes Discovery, a venture launched by Deerfield Management Company, will invest up to $130M over the next decade in biomedical research at U-M with the aim of developing potentially life-saving drugs and disease treatments.

Material Transfer Agreement – Outgoing

Outgoing Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) govern the transfer of material from U-M to another organization. If you are a U-M researcher interested in sending materials to an outside country, please contact


Driving bio-industry growth in Michigan by providing access to resources and information critical to success, advocating for policy decisions that support the long-term viability of the life sciences, and connecting the people, companies, and ideas necessary to create the next generation of bio-innovation.

Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund

The Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund (MBVF) invests in biomedical startup companies with U-M licensed IP in the domain of therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, or health IT.

Michigan Drug Discovery

Supporting and facilitating drug discovery programs led by faculty at the University of Michigan.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Whether you're just getting started or expanding your existing business, the MEDC can help. We market Michigan and provide the tools and environment to drive job creation and investment.

Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center (MLSIC)

The goal of MLSIC is to catalyze growth by combining state-of-the-art laboratory space and entrepreneurial support in one location. Through daily contact with leaders in the life science industry, start-ups gain the advantage of on-site mentoring and ready access to expertise in finance, business development, marketing, sales, HR, and logistics.
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