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Caitlin Jost, J.D.

Caitlin is the Intellectual Property Law Fellow at MSU Technologies, where she focuses on intellectual property, technology transfer, and licensing matters.  Caitlin earned her Bachelor of Arts in History form Henderson State University, and followed up with a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law in 2016. 

Gabriela M. Allum

As the New Venture Associate, Gabriela works with Spartan Innovations and the MSU Foundation. With Spartan Innovations, she is responsible for providing administrative support to the Venture Creation Team. She also assists with the Fellows program and other various Venture Creation Team needs. Her role with the MSU Foundation is to manage the Technology Innovation Center, working with high-tech startup companies to expedite company growth and provide daily oversight and management to the business incubator space.

Chris Sell

Christopher Sell is a career educator, project manager, fundraiser, and business developer. At his core, he’s passionate about creating things to solve problems and connecting people to opportunity. As a two-time college graduate with over six years of work experience in higher education, he’s equally committed to leveraging relationships with industry, alumni, and college students to retain and attract talent in the state and contribute to Michigan’s revitalization.

Jeanine Tomko

In support of Michigan State Researchers, Jeanine works with the MTA/CDA Coordinator to receive, record, analyze, execute and maintain electronic documents and records for Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) and Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA) with universities and companies, both domestic and international.

Frank A. Urban

Frank Urban specializes in commercializing early stage therapeutics and diagnostics within the life sciences.  Prior to Spartan Innovations, Frank was a Licensing Associate in the Office of Technology Commercialization at Wayne State University.  Prior to that, he had varied business development, sales and scientific roles for a number of life science companies, to include Everist Genomics, Charles River Laboratories, MIR Preclinical Services, Molecular Imaging Products, Pfizer and Parke Davis.  He has also worked as a consultant for numerous start-up companies and managed various laborator

Marcia Fittro

Marcia joined MSUT in the fall of 2015. As Secretary/Receptionist, she assists the Technology Managers coordinating meetings, conferences, and travel arrangements.

She also provides support to the MSUT Executive Management Team, and covers the front desk, welcoming our visitors and guests with a friendly smile.

Marcia attended Lansing Community College, and has 15 years of experience as a public relations receptionist and staff support.

Amber M Shinn

Shinn manages marketing communications for MSU's Innovation Center (MSU Technologies, Business Connect and Spartan Innovations.)  She is also a marketing mentor for MSU's Conquer Accelerator. Passionate about tech transfer and making innovation accessible, she keeps both the periodic table of elements and her AP Style Guide close at hand. Shinn holds a BA and MBA, both from Michigan State University.

Charles Hasemann, Ph.D.

Charles A. Hasemann, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development at the Michigan State University Innovation Center, earned his doctorate in Molecular Immunology and performed his post-doctoral training in X-ray Crystallography. As an Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he established an NIH-funded laboratory studying immune system-related protein structure and function.