The Michigan Translational Research & Commercialization (MTRAC) for Life Sciences Innovation Hub is a statewide program supporting translational research projects in the life sciences with high commercial potential, with the ultimate goal of positively impacting human health. The MTRAC program accelerates the transition of university research ideas into real-world products and applications by providing up to $100K in funding and access to industry mentors over a 12-month period. The program reinforces the State of Michigan’s Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and U-M’s commitment to use entrepreneurship as a catalyst for economic growth in the State and beyond.
Meghan Cuddihy recently joined Innovation Partnerships as the Commercialization Program Director for the MTRAC for Life Sciences Hub. In her role, Meghan is responsible for identifying and recruiting projects from universities across the state, managing the application and award process with the input of the oversight committee, and overseeing and assisting awarded projects to ensure successful outcomes and achievement of milestones.
Meghan brings to the role over 10 years of experience working with early-stage life technologies and startup companies. Prior to joining Innovation Partnerships at the University of Michigan, she worked at U-M Medical School Office of Research’s Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI), managing an innovation and entrepreneurship program for the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Before joining FFMI, Meghan worked within and consulted for a number of local life science startups, focusing on market research and customer discovery to inform product development for technologies ranging from tissue diagnostics to wearable devices.
Meghan received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from U-M.
The MTRAC Program was created in 2012 to accelerate the transfer of new technologies from Michigan’s institutions of higher learning into the commercial market by way of licenses or startups. In 2016 the program expanded as a statewide program to support translational research throughout the state of Michigan. The expansion reinforces the commitment to entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth by providing a pathway to accelerate the creation and transfer of new technologies into the commercial market. The MEDC funds five Innovation Hubs across the state, in key technology areas, supporting projects from all institutions of higher education, hospital systems and nonprofit research centers. For more information on each Innovation Hub’s technology focus, eligibility and application process please visit the individual websites below:
• MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub
• MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation
• MTRAC AgBio Innovation Hub
• Innovation Hub for Advanced Applied Materials
• MTRAC Advanced Computing Technologies