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

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 team of six technology managers …


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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Staff Highlight: Keith Rouse

Keith Rouse has joined the MSU Innovation Center team as the new prospecting & strategy analyst. “I’ve always been interested to hear about some of the amazing advances that come out of the university,” Rouse said. “As part of the team at MSU Business CONNECT I’m most excited to be working to help support and facilitate …


Staff Highlight: Joseph Affholter

Joseph Affholter has joined the MSU Innovation Center team as the Commercialization Program Director Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) AgBio Innovation Hub. Affholter is an experienced entrepreneur, scientist and technology commercialization specialist. As part of the Ag Bio Innovation Hub, he leads the outreach, education, communication and commercialization efforts associated with the MSU MTRAC program. “I love …


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