Chris FickTitle: Director of Corporate Research Alliances
As Director of Corporate Research Alliances, Chris supports the CRA team and works with faculty and researchers across campus to assist in the ideation, negotiation, and ongoing growth and maintenance of research partnerships with industry sponsors.
Previously, Chris was Sr. Director of Health Sciences at the U-M Business Engagement Center, preceded by 3 years as a member of the licensing team at the U-M Office of Technology Transfer.
Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2014, Chris was the Vice President of Operations for a VC-funded medical device company commercializing orthopedic biologics and implants. He also has extensive intellectual property, business development, and licensing experience through his previous work in technology transfer at the University of Louisville.
Chris holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois, along with a Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and an M.B.A. from East Carolina University.