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University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships

Accelerator Open House followed by Meet the Xconomists


U-M Innovation Partnerships hosted an Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor networking event in January for members of the tech communities of southeast Michigan.

This “Meet the Xconomists” event, a regular offering from Xconomy in each of their eleven national Xconomy hubs, provides an opportunity to strengthen the ties between Detroit and Ann Arbor. In addition, an open house was held showcasing many of the U-M startups connected to Innovation Partnerships’s Venture Accelerator.

Here are a few companies that showcased their technology at the Venture Accelerator Open House.

Endectra is developing a CBSG detector technology (below left) and welcomed visitors to discuss the company’s solid-state, real-time radiation detection technology.

The founders of Elegus Technologies (below right) demonstrated their next-generation battery separator technology that can produce safer, longer-lasting batteries for a variety of applications.


Shu Takayama (below left), the inventor of the protein multiplexing technology at the heart of PHASIQ, shows off the company’s enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).

Mark Kiel and Mike Klein of Genomenon talk with Xconomy founder Bob Buderi and U-M AVP for Innovation Partnerships Ken Nisbet (below right) about their newly launched line of genome interpretation software, Mastermind.


Immediately following the Venture Accelerator Open House, guests gathered to meet new and old friends and discuss projects and opportunities associated with the tech communities. Xconomy CEO Bob Buderi addressed the crowd remarking on the progress in our Detroit/Ann Arbor area as well as the other Xconomy regions. This event is part of an on-going effort to strengthen the ties between the Detroit and Ann Arbor tech communities and encourage broader collaborations. Here are some photos from “Meet the Xconomists.”