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Licensing of U-M Startup Arborsense Celebrated with Bell Ringing Ceremony

After years of delay due to the pandemic, on Wednesday, March 15 2023, Innovation Partnerships finally had the chance to celebrate the licensing of the biochemical startup Arborsense with the ringing of the startup bell. Arborsense was founded by Girish Kulkarni, Xudong Fan, Mark Ilgen and Zhaohui Zhong, and has...

U-M Startup Taza Aya Awarded $1M Grant from USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture

Taza Aya, a new University of Michigan startup focused on non-thermal plasma devices for personal respiratory protection and preventing airborne spread of disease, has recently been awarded a $1 million grant from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture. This grant comes in response to the USDA’s Meat and...

NewHaptics works to Commercialize Multiline Braille and Graphical Tactile Display, Nicknamed the “Holy Braille” Project

When Alex Russamano began to study microfluidics he never expected his research would be so important to so many people. Then Alex met Sile O’Modhrain, Associate Professor of Performing arts Technology and his life and research became mission driven to improve the lives of blind or visually impaired people. Alex...

2022 Outstanding Service Award

Q&A With Greg Choiniere – 2022 Jessica Soulliere Outstanding Service Award Recipient For his spirit of community and camaraderie, his commitment and drive, and his relentless passion for helping others, Greg Choiniere was awarded Innovation Partnerships’ Jessica Soulliere Outstanding Service Award. The award is named for our late colleague, Jessica...

Engineering Professor Wei Lu Named Distinguished University Innovator of the Year

  The world is becoming more and more reliant on Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Smartphones, smart homes, social media, cars and many more modern devices are utilizing AI, and innovations created by University of Michigan Professor Wei Lu are leading the way in the creation of more powerful and efficient AI...

Bryce Pilz Receives 2022 OVPR Exceptional Service Award

Bryce Pilz, executive director of licensing and strategic alliances, has been named the recipient of the 2022 OVPR Exceptional Service Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). This award is among the 10 research staff recognition awards presented annually to staff members in recognition of their research and scholarship effort at the University of Michigan.

EVOQ Therapeutics Announces a License and Collaboration Agreement with Amgen

EVOQ Therapeutics today announced a license and collaboration agreement with Amgen for the discovery and development of novel drugs for autoimmune disorders. Under the terms of the agreement, Amgen and EVOQ will collaborate on preclinical development and Amgen will be responsible for clinical development and commercialization.

U-M Professor Alison Narayan Named Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) Global Scholar

After U-M was selected to participate in the prestigious Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) Global Scholars Program, FY21 saw Innovation Partnerships work with faculty to submit over 40 proposals. U-M professor Alison Narayan was became an inaugural winner of the highly competitive award. The NIBR Global Scholars Program selected only six researchers globally as awardees from more than 700 proposals across 38 institutions.

2021 Outstanding Service Award

Q&A with Lisa Johnson – Jessica Soulliere Outstanding Service Award Recipient For her can-do attitude, infectious positive energy, and willingness to help anyone and everyone, Lisa Johnson was awarded Innovation Partnerships’ Jessica Soulliere Outstanding Service Award. The award is named for our late colleague, Jessica Soulliere, who was a trusted...

Welcome to Innovation Partnerships

Recently launched Innovation Partnerships is positioned to amplify the impact of U-M innovators through a broadened scope of commercialization and partnership opportunities, and a team that brings a wealth of cumulative experience, connections and versatility. Alongside its new name, Innovation Partnerships created a Corporate Research Alliances unit to enhance support...

Corporate Research Alliances

The newly established Corporate Research Alliances (CRA) unit within Innovation Partnerships is gearing up to provide a gateway for research partnerships between U-M faculty and industry. The unit supports and streamlines the establishment, implementation and ongoing management of research collaborations by providing faculty-facing support to convert industry relationships into successful...

Professor Emeritus Sridhar Kota

From researcher to inventor to entrepreneur to D.C. policymaker for engineering and manufacturing, recently retired U-M Professor Sridhar Kota reflects on the struggles and rewards of translating ideas to products and how the system as a whole can do better. Kota’s positions and accomplishments are many. He was a professor...
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