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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.

Bernie Steele

A senior manager with a background in microbial physiology and over 30 years of experience in biotechnology. Formerly Director of Alliances & Operations at the Michigan Biotechnology Institute (MBI). Prior to joining MBI in 1997, held faculty positions at Auburn University, where he was responsible for the Fermentation and Bioprocessing Laboratory, and the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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.

Melanie Adkins

Melanie joined MSUT in 2014 as the Program Assistant for the MTRAC program. She assists with program management of the grant fund and with the project management of current and prospective grants funded by MTRAC.

She previously worked for the Clinical Genetics Division of the College of Human Medicine as a Lab Technologist and Quality Assurance Manager.

In addition to receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from MSU in 2005, Melanie is currently studying at MSU to earn a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Public Health Administration.