U-M Tech Transfer is the University unit responsible for the commercialization of University research discoveries and reports to the U-M Office of Research. We enhance these research discoveries to encourage licensing and broad deployment with existing businesses and newly-formed U-M start-ups. U-M Tech Transfer has earned a reputation for performance among the top 10 of all universities.

We Are Inspired

To redefine how world-class university research can fuel a region and solve the world’s great challenges.

We Believe In

Purpose

It’s our job to give every U-M technology its very best chance to positively impact the world.

Stewardship

We acknowledge the enormous responsibility we have to our inventors and the technologies entrusted to our care.

Experimentation

Like the scientists we serve, we believe in challenging assumptions, testing new approaches, and deploying innovative solutions.

Innovation

We believe in the transformative power of research, and we are inspired to create new models for university tech commercialization.

Service

We believe in providing phenomenal inventor-centered customer service.

Trust

We understand that it is our duty to provide transparent, proactive, and honest advice.

Collaboration

We believe that we accomplish more by working together, and sharing our individual knowledge.

Diversity

We know that we do our best work when we harness the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our team members.

Relationships

It’s our objective to create long-term relationships that serve the University of Michigan community – not just win negotiations.

Impact

We are motivated to change lives, positively impact society, and advance our region’s innovation ecosystem.

Joy

We enjoy working with one another and we believe in celebrating success.

Benefits of U-M Tech Transfer

  • Results of University research are deployed to improve our quality of life.
  • Commercialization efforts often lead to expanded university research opportunities.
  • Activities lead to valuable educational experiences for students which augment classroom teachings.
  • Technology commercialization creates job opportunities for graduates, and positive economic development for the community, the state and the general public.

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