Staff Highlights Archives - MSU Innovation Center

Veteran technology transfer leader takes on elevated role with MSU Innovation Center

MEDIA CONTACT: Tracy Henion, ander1ta@msu.edu Anne Di Sante recently was appointed to the role of Executive Director of MSU Technologies, the tech transfer and commercialization arm of the MSU Innovation Center. Di Sante served as the unit’s associate director for the past decade, specializing in licensing and commercialization operations and programs. Di Sante and a … Continued


MSU Innovation Center welcomes new tech manager

Julia Miller has recently joined the MSU Innovation Center’s team of technology managers. Specializing in the ag bio tech sector, Miller works with researchers in agriculture, natural resources and natural science to evaluate, protect and commercialize technologies. After completing an undergraduate degree at Michigan State University along with a Ph.D. at Cornell University, Miller first … Continued


Intern Highlight: Brendan Grant

Brendan Grant is a student intern for the MSU Innovation Center. He works with the communications team and is currently working on a new social media campaign to help revamp the Innovation Center social accounts. “As a communications intern I have mainly focused on developing a new social media strategy to drive corporate engagement,” Grant … Continued


Intern Highlight: Kee-Ri Burkitt

Kee-Ri Burkitt works with the communications team at the Innovation Center as a student intern. Burkitt focuses mainly on graphic design, social media and creates any necessary marketing materials for MSU IC employees. Burkitt joined the IC team in October 2020. Since joining, she has been able to foster and grow her professional skills. Professional … Continued


Staff Feature: Janelle’ Flores

Nearing 15 years of work at the MSU Innovation Center, Janelle’ Flores serves as the Human Resources administrator — handling the management and oversight of university systems and practices while helping the team stay informed. Originally, Flores was hired in 2007 as a temporary employee in the receptionist position for MSU Technologies — the tech … Continued


Staff Highlight: Meet Janet Foreman

You don’t have to look long to spot a variety of fun flamingos adorning Janet Foreman’s office. They’re bright and cheerful, adding just the right pop. Foreman’s personality is just as pleasant. Serving as the executive staff assistant and office manager for MSU Technologies, the tech transfer and commercialization arm of the MSU Innovation Center, … Continued


Staff Highlight: Brice Nelson

A founding member of MSU Business Connect, Brice Nelson works every day to encourage and develop productive relationships between MSU and the private sector. In his role, Nelson serves as MSU’s front door for corporations, directing businesses to the right MSU resources by providing effective communications and planning support. “My primary role is to help … Continued


Staff Highlight: Randy Sheets

Randy Sheets, assistant director of Sponsored Programs, manages contractual and administrative activities related to MSU collaborations with for-profit entities for Business Connect at the MSU Innovation Center. As supervisor for the research administration staff, which is responsible for finalizing contracts, budgets and other transactional documents, Sheets also is the contract lead for all for-profit entities … Continued


Meet one of MSU IC’s tech managers: Anupam Jhingran

Anupam Jhingran, Ph.D. is a technology manager at the MSU Innovation Center overseeing inventions in Life Sciences, which includes human therapeutics, veterinary medicine and research tools. His role is multifaceted, and includes engaging with faculty and research scientists, Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys, business partners and entrepreneurs across campus. Working with university researchers, Jhingran helps identify … Continued


Staff Highlight: Meet Aimee Crouch

Aimee Crouch is an MTA/CDA Coordinator for the MSU Innovation Center. She negotiates material transfer agreements (MTA), confidential disclosure agreements (CDA), and data use agreements (DUA) for the university. From planning a proprietary proposal with collaborators in response to a funding opportunity to sharing data or materials with researchers around the globe, to discussing potential … Continued


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