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Tech Transfer Engagement

U-M Tech Transfer takes pride in reporting our performance and activities for this past year.

In fiscal year 2010 (FY10), U-M researchers reported 290 new discoveries from nearly every part of our campus. We worked to assess and protect these discoveries, as well as to analyze potential markets and identify prospective licensing partners. This resulted in another outstanding year in which we matched our all-time record of 97 agreements.

Our Tech Transfer Venture Center works closely with inventors, entrepreneurs, and the venture community, providing a one-stop hub for new U-M start-up opportunities. In FY10, we launched 10 new high potential start-up ventures, most located in Michigan, providing jobs and economic opportunities for our region. Since 2001, we have launched 93 new start-up ventures, placing us among the top universities in the nation.

Royalty revenues from our agreements grew 16 percent from FY09 to FY10. And thanks largely to one-time revenues from our FluMist® agreement, total tech transfer revenues reached an all-time record of $39.8 million in FY10, compared to $18.3 million last year. These revenues provide valuable resources that are reinvested in research, education, and innovation.

At a time when our region and state face difficult economic challenges, we are committed to building on our success with new initiatives and investments to spur further economic opportunities. Some examples include:

We have accomplished a great deal in 2010. But there is still much more to do. I invite you to assist us in committing our technology, talents, and resources for the benefit of our University, our community, and beyond.

Ken Nisbet
Executive Director
U-M Tech Transfer

Ken Nisbet