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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.  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...

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...

Holiday Newsletter – December 2023

I’m pleased to share with you our final newsletter for 2023, along with stories and reflections to cap off our record-breaking year. As I look forward to the holidays and the new year, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our partners—the inventors, entrepreneurs, investors and companies—that have collaborated with our team to move innovations into the world for the public good.

ViewPoint Launches As Part of Summit Ventures, Celebrates with Bell Ringing

On Thursday, November 9, 2023, ViewPoint celebrated its launch as part of Summit Venture Studio with a bell ringing held at Innovation Partnerships. ViewPoint founder Elisabeth Gerber of the U-M Ford School of Public Policy and other key team members, including U-M Center for Academic Innovation Executive Director James DeVaney...

University of Michigan Inventors Named 2023 National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Innovation Partnerships is proud to announce Dr. Kevin Ward, executive director of the Weil Institute and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Biomedical Engineering and Dr. Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have been inducted into the 2023 National Academy of Inventors Fellows. This recognition is the highest...

Fuse Oncology Announces Strategic Collaboration with Radiation Oncology Leader

Fuse Oncology (Fuse), a leading innovator in cutting-edge radiation oncology solutions, announced today a strategic collaboration with the University of Michigan, a recognized leader in radiation oncology. Fuse will license and integrate an advanced radiation oncology workflow technology from U-M with assistance from Innovation Partnerships, in conjunction with technology from Cone Health, to further their...

2023 Annual Impact Report: Innovation Partnerships Has Record-Breaking FY23

Innovation Partnerships is pleased to present our annual report for Fiscal Year 2023, which contains highlights of our office’s performance as well as stories of impact from across the University of Michigan’s research enterprise.     The University of Michigan had a record-breaking year for research commercialization, with 580 new invention reports...

Impact Newsletter – September 2023

Fall is in full swing at the University of Michigan, and I am pleased to share some exciting updates. Just two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting Celebrate Invention, our signature event honoring our university’s inventors and the growing impact of their innovations. University of Michigan President Santa J. Ono joined us to celebrate the success of our faculty innovators, using the occasion to share that U-M research generated a record 580 new invention reports and launched 25 startup companies during Fiscal Year 2023.

Medical Device Startup Auricle Celebrates Licensing with Bell-Ringing Celebration

Auricle, Inc. recently joined the Innovation Partnerships team to celebrate their licensing agreement with the University of Michigan by ringing the startup bell. Susan Shore, Auricle’s co-founder and Professor Emerita in Michigan Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology and U-M’s Departments of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, David Martel, Auricle’s co-founder and engineer...

U-M reasserts commitment to research, innovation, economic impact statewide

As part of a comprehensive strategy to enhance innovation at the University of Michigan and accelerate economic impact across the State of Michigan, the Office of the Vice President for Research recently announced four new leadership appointments. On September 21, the U-M Board of Regents approved the appointment of Dr....

Celebrate Invention Highlights U-M Innovators, Recognizes Record-Breaking Year

On September 14, Innovation Partnerships hosted more than 300 attendees at its annual Celebrate Invention event. Members of the University of Michigan community and the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem gathered together at the Michigan Union to honor campus innovators and the societal impact of their discoveries. The event kicked off at...
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