Partner with Us

University of Michigan values the robust and diverse partnerships with industry, foundations and philanthropists that enable discoveries to become drugs.
The university's entrepreneurial culture encourages collaboration with external partners who share a commitment to treating human disease.
Across U-M, a range of departments connect researchers to external partners. The Michigan Drug Discovery team works closely with scientists developing early-stage projects in order to leverage the many resources available.
We can put you in touch with the right people to answer your questions about collaborations and research support, as well as provide information about specific projects in the U-M pipeline.

Connect with Us

Michigan Drug Discovery

Rachel Wallace, Ph.D.
Project Manager, Michigan Drug Discovery


Venture philanthropists who understand the tremendous potential benefits both to future patients and to U-M are key supporters of early-stage research.

Campus Commericalization Partners

Michigan Drug Discovery works in close collaboration with the following partners at U-M to turn exciting discoveries into the medicines of tomorrow. Representatives from these partners sit on our Executive Committee.

Business Engagement Center

Business Engagement Center staff

The Business Engagement Center is industry’s front door to the University of Michigan.

The center designs, builds, and catalyzes partnerships between companies and university faculty and students, to advance shared research and education goals.

We support companies by:

  • Helping discover joint research projects and leveraging faculty expertise
  • Finding lab space/specialized facilities
  • Uncovering technology/commercialization opportunities
  • Introducing companies to professional development opportunities across all campuses
  • Connecting employees with U-M advisory boards
  • Identifying strategic giving possibilities

Learn more on the center's website

Fast Forward Medical Innovation

The mission of Fast Forward Medical Innovation is to make biomedical innovation and entrepreneurship a natural academic behavior that speeds our University’s ability to move great ideas to patient impact. As such, FFMI provides a front door for accessing and navigating the rich biomedical innovation ecosystem at the University of Michigan for our faculty, trainees, and students, as well as industry partners.

Realizing that innovation is more complex than just that “Aha moment,” FFMI offers programs that span:

  • Idea funding
  • Mentorship
  • Innovation-commercialization education
  • Business development activities with industry

We also work to understand industry needs and seek opportunities to develop strategic research and development partnerships that bring long-term added value.

Learn more on FFMI's website.

Office of Technology Transfer

Tech Transfer staff

U-M Tech Transfer is the University unit responsible for the commercialization of University research discoveries and reports to the U-M Office of Research. The office enhances these research discoveries to encourage licensing and broad deployment with existing businesses and newly-formed U-M start-ups. U-M Tech Transfer has earned a reputation for performance among the top 10 of all universities.

Our tech transfer team offers a full set of services to U-M faculty ensure effective technology transfer:

  • Invention reporting facilitation
  • Patenting and other protections
  • Start-up assistance
  • Licensing assistance
  • Offer support and guidance to expedite decisions by internal and external partners
  • Advise interested parties on U-M policies & procedures including conflict of interest issues

Learn more on the office's website

View Tech Transfer's catalog of available therapeutic discoveries