Dear Colleagues,

As I reflect on the past year and the challenges of the past few months, I feel incredible admiration for the ingenuity, brilliance and drive of the University of Michigan community of innovators. They have adapted to unprecedented changes in how they conduct their research, and have risen to the challenge by creating many new innovations to address the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has heightened the role that great research universities play in understanding and responding to the biggest challenges facing our world. The resiliency of our research enterprise is one of our greatest strengths, and it is with this sense of purpose and optimism that I am pleased to share our annual report. (PDF Download)

The U-M Tech Transfer team is honored to be able to support the U-M community of innovators in their work to ensure that the results of their research and scholarly activities positively impact society. I’m pleased to report that despite the challenges of the past few months, the University of Michigan has once again broken numerous records, with 522 new invention disclosures received, 268 new licenses and options executed, and 31 new startup companies launched.



Kelly Sexton
Associate Vice President for Research
Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships