Conversations on Commercialization: M-TRAC & Mentor-in-Residence Programs

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Date: November 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: College of Engineering Ford Activity Center
Category: Lunch

Come join us for lunch and discussion on the resources and funding available to support the commercial development of your translational research. Representatives from the Technology Commercialization Office will provide an overview of the state-wide MTRAC programs and internal resources available to WSU faculty members to assist with translating promising research endeavors from the bench to the marketplace.

Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Program
Sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, MTRAC was created in 2012 to accelerate the transfer of new technologies from Michigan’s institutions of higher learning into the commercial market by way of licenses or startups. There are five MTRAC Innovation Hubs across the state, in key technology areas, supporting projects from all institutions of higher education, hospital systems and nonprofit research centers.

State-Wide MTRAC Innovation Hubs:
Wayne State University Advanced Computing Innovation Hub ●  Michigan Technological University Advanced Materials Innovation Hub ●  University of Michigan Advanced Transportation Innovation Hub ●  Michigan State University Agri Bio Innovation HubUniversity of Michigan Life Sciences Innovation Hub


Mentors-in-Residence Program
Sponsored by the Tech Transfer Talent Network and the MEDC, MiRs work with the Technology Commercialization Office and WSU researchers, bringing industry and entrepreneurial expertise for opportunity assessment and venture creation programs. WSU’s Physical Science MiRs will be present to meet with faculty to discuss how they can assist with the commercialization of their research.

WSU MiR : Stephen Fischer
Stephen has extensive industry experience spanning 30+ years in senior leadership roles in R&D and product/business development, commercializing industrial engineering and advanced materials technologies in various industry segments. Stephen was most recently the Director of Advanced Materials Research and new Markets and Products at BASF. His expertise will provide critical support to accelerate the advancement and commercialization of technology areas related to material science.

T3N MiR: Don Manfredi
Don has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of professional assignments including global business unit leadership, operations management, marketing, sales and application engineering, product development, project management, business development, education and customer training and support.


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