Innovation Partnerships

University Partner

Innovation Partnerships

Innovation Partnerships

Innovation Partnerships

MVCA Member

Innovation Partnerships, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research, serves as the primary gateway for researchers seeking to increase the impact of their work. We provide this service to U-M faculty by connecting with the private sector through corporate-sponsored research collaborations, licensing discussions, or connections with entrepreneurs and investors to support startup company formation. Our experts champion the creation of corporate research alliances and collaborations to accelerate the development of promising research. We enable the translation, commercial development, and licensing of groundbreaking research discoveries and technologies. We help create new ventures to usher in change.



  • Kelly Sexton
    Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships
  • Bryce Pilz
    Executive Director of Licensing and Strategic Alliances
  • Mike Psarouthakis
    Executive Director of Impact Investments and Strategic Alliances
  • Chris Fick
    Director of Corporate Research Alliances
  • Amanda Sorensen
    Associate Director of Operations

Company Stages Served

  • Idea/Pre-Seed
  • Seed
  • Startup/Early

Industry Sectors Served

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials/Manufacturing
  • Alternative Energy
  • Consumer Products
  • Engineering Design + Development
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Device Technology
  • Mobility
  • Mobility/Auto Manufacturing
  • Other

Types of Programs Offered

  • Business Acceleration
  • Business Retention/Expansion/Attraction
  • Capital
  • Incubation
  • Networking/Events
  • Talent Attraction/Retention
  • Talent Development

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