The University of Michigan is known as a center of innovation and an R&D powerhouse, spending $1.58B on research in 2021. An essential component to connecting faculty research with the larger world is Innovation Partnerships, formerly known as the Office of Tech Transfer. Its team consists of licensing, business development, and investment professionals all of whom support commercialization efforts.
In this episode, Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko chats with Kelly Sexton, University of Michigan associate vice president for research and innovation partnerships. They discuss the Ann Arbor startup ecosystem and how the two organizations work together to achieve common goals.
Kelly Sexton is also the vice chair of the Ann Arbor SPARK board of directors.