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Innovation Partnerships Welcomes Sarah Jameson as New Associate Director of Ventures


Innovation Partnerships is pleased to announce Sarah Jameson as the new Associate Director of Ventures. 

Associate Director of Ventures, Life Sciences Sarah Jameson

Appointed following a national search, Jameson will oversee the University of Michigan’s life science startup activities. She will also serve on the Accelerate Blue Fund investment team, participating in funding decisions and catalyzing the success of its portfolio companies.

Jameson is a highly experienced professional with a background in both venture capital and the life sciences. She spent the past three years as a Senior Associate at Arboretum Ventures, where she was responsible for evaluating potential investments and providing support to portfolio companies. Prior to her time at Arboretum Ventures, Jameson spent eight years working in cardiac medical devices at Johnson & Johnson, Sorin and Boston Scientific. In these roles, she provided clinical and technical support for cardiac medical device procedures, sales and clinical trials. Jameson is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering.

“I am delighted to welcome Sarah to the Innovation Partnerships Ventures Team,” said Dave Repp, director of ventures and managing director of the Accelerate Blue Fund within Innovation Partnerships. “Her arrival adds a dynamic new dimension to our office. Sarah’s unmatched expertise in innovation, startup creation and venture investing align seamlessly with the evolving needs of this crucial role. I am personally thrilled to have her on board and eager to see her transformative impact as we take our venture work to the next level. With a life science innovation pipeline as robust as ever at U-M, I am confident that Sarah will skillfully shepherd these discoveries into new startups, fueling our ecosystem and addressing the world’s most pressing health challenges.”


Innovation Partnerships, a unit based in the Office of the Vice President for Research, is the primary gateway for U-M researchers seeking to increase the impact of their work by connecting with the private sector. Innovation Partnerships’ team of experts helps amplify the impact of U-M research through corporate-sponsored research collaborations, licensing and intellectual property strategies, and connections with business mentors, entrepreneurs and investors to support startup company formation.