Tech Transfer’s Role in Solving COVID-19 Challenges

On Tuesday, September 29, leaders from Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) joined in a virtual forum to discussed how URC tech transfer responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, advances industries and drives our economy forward, even in uncertainty.

Partnering with the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and the U-M Wolverine Caucus, Michigan entrepreneurs, inventors and tech transfer leaders from the three universities discuss:

  • Emerging COVID-19 startups: who they are and how they help
  • University Tech Transfer: What is it, and why you should care
  • What’s happening nationally and how Michigan stacks up
  • What Michigan needs to do to compete and keep innovation in our state


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  • Joan Dunbar, Associate Vice President, Research, Wayne State University
  • Braden Robison, Chief Operations Officer, Seraph Biosciences

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  • Kelly Sexton, Associate Vice President for Research – Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships, University of Michigan
  • Peter Falzon, President and CEO, Ripple Science Corporation

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  • Britany Affolter-Caine, Executive Director, Michigan’s University Research Corridor

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