Although not an exhaustive illustration, this graphic provides an overview of the incredible breadth of resources available to the medical device innovator at and around the University of Michigan.
If you are a first-time inventor at the University of Michigan, we recommend that you consult the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) to understand the guidelines and options. http://www.techtransfer.umich.edu/resources/inventors/index.php
Following are the some of the partners with which we work. This is not an exclusive endorsement of any particular organization. Feel free to contact them directly or consult with us in advance at UM-MIC@med.umich.edu.
Regulatory Approval Assistance
Validation and Compliance Institute (VCI)
Michigan-based firm providing assistance with regulatory approval and compliance. VCI can help the medical device innovator determine the classification of the device, the type of regulatory approval that will be required, the process and costs associated with the approval process as well as ongoing compliance.
Contact: Norm Howe, Senior Partner
Regulatory Affairs Associates
Michigan-based firm providing assistance with regulatory assessment and approval. RAA can help the medical device innovator determine the classification of the device, the type of regulatory approval that will be required, the process and costs associated with the approval process.
Contact: Steve Goldner
SBIR/STTR Application Assistance
Biotechnology Business Consultants (BBC)
Michigan-based firm providing assistance with SBIR/STTR grant submission and medical device strategic and operational planning.
Contact: Lisa Kurek, Managing Partner
Reimbursement Assessment and Approval
Strategic Health Resources
California-based independent consulting and data-mining firm developing focused analytical tools for the health care industry. SHR specializes in reimbursement analysis and positioning.
Contact: Nancy Reaven
Venture firm with a focus in medical devices and a local Ann Arbor office
Contact: Jim Adox, Managing Partner
Ann Arbor-based venture firm with a focus in medical devices; member of our Technical Advisory Group
Contact: Paul McCreadie, Principal
Ann Arbor-based consulting firm that helps organizations implement innovation processes; developer of our innovation curriculum; member of our Technical Advisory Group.
Contact: Larry Schmitt, President and Founder
Economic Development Organizations
Ann Arbor SPARK
Network of successful entrepreneurs and business professionals, funding for local startups, educational and networking events and the successful Entrepreneur Bootcamp series; offices in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
Organization that designs and delivers services for Michigan-based companies. Life sciences is one of the foci of the target growth sectors. Some funding is available through MEDC; the website lists industry resources
Michigan's biosciences industry trade association and the official Michigan affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, BIO.
University Research Corridor
Alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University that strives to play a key role in creating a vibrant Michigan economy.