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Michigan University Innovation Capital Fund Now Accepting Applications

By Alexi Pierce Innovation Partnerships Today, Innovation Partnerships at the University of Michigan (U-M) announced the Michigan University Innovation Capital Fund (MUICF) has launched and is accepting applications for investment opportunities. The MUICF is a new pre-seed venture fund focused on investing in Michigan startup companies that have a license...

Impact Newsletter – May 2024

Summer has arrived in Ann Arbor and with it, our May Impact Newsletter, bringing you exciting news from across the University of Michigan’s innovation ecosystem.

Chris Rizik Named Chair of Innovation Partnerships’ National Advisory Board at the University of Michigan

The Innovation Partnerships National Advisory Board was founded in 2002 to provide advice and connections to enhance the University of Michigan’s success in translating its research discoveries into real-world solutions that benefit society.  Composed of industry, venture, government, university and community leaders, the Board has transformed the University and our...

Impact Newsletter – April 2024

Spring has arrived in Ann Arbor, and I am pleased to bring you our April Impact Newsletter.

U-M research-based technology receives FDA Humanitarian Device Exemption for pediatric kidney injury treatment

By Kate Barnes, Office of the Vice President for Research & Alana Ritt, Innovation Partnerships SeaStar Medical Holding Corporation, a public company (NASDAQ: ICU) based on research conducted at the University of Michigan and licensed by U-M’s Innovation Partnerships, recently received a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) Approval Order from the...

Impact Newsletter – March 2024

March has brought a flurry of excitement and innovation to our ecosystem, and our newsletter is here to provide you with an overview of the latest projects, news, and opportunities for engagement.

MEDC, U-M Award $1.8M to Support Eight Innovative Biomedical Research Projects

Eight innovative biomedical research projects, designed to address challenges from opioid use disorder to preterm birth, recently received more than $1.8 million from the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Life Sciences Innovation Hub, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and Innovation Partnerships.  Led by researchers at...

Impact Newsletter – February 2024

2024 is in full swing, and our February newsletter provides many updates about exciting projects, new startup companies, events and funding opportunities throughout our innovation ecosystem. This buzz and activity is a reflection of the drive and creativity of the U-M community of innovators, and it is our honor to continue to find new ways to support their efforts to see their research discoveries have a positive societal impact at scale.

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.  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...

Impact Newsletter – January 2024

I am delighted to share our inaugural newsletter of 2024, bringing you noteworthy developments that set the stage for a highly productive year ahead.

Grasp Robotics, U-M Startup with Focus on Prosthetics Innovation, Rings in License Agreement with Startup Bell Ceremony

Grasp Robotics recently joined the Innovation Partnerships team to celebrate their license agreement with the University of Michigan by ringing the startup bell.  Grasp Robotics is currently developing artificial muscles for both robotic and prosthetic applications designed to more closely mimic human strength and dexterity.  “My initial research was focused...

Q&A With Ashwathi Iyer – 2023 Jessica Soulliere Outstanding Service Award Recipient

For her commitment to her coworkers and inventors, her hard work and her enthusiasm, Ashwathi Iyer is the 2023 recipient of the Innovation Partnerships’ Jessica Soulliere Outstanding Service Award. The award is named for our late colleague, Jessica Soulliere, who was a trusted and valued member of Innovation Partnerships with...
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