Our Teams

MSU Innovation Center Leadership Team

The MSU Leadership team supports the mission and vision of the MSU Innovation Center. Collectively, we integrate innovation, technology transfer, support for start-ups, and partnerships with businesses and communities to bring ideas to the marketplace to help Michigan and the United States compete in a global environment. MSU brings pathbreaking ideas to the marketplace and … Continued

Charles Hasemann

Charles Hasemann, Ph.D.

Assistant VP for Innovation & Economic Development

Anne DiSante

Anne C. DiSante

Associate Director

Teams: Leadership
Richard Chylla

Richard W. Chylla, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Teams: Leadership
David Washburn

David Washburn

Executive Director, MSU Foundation; President of Spartan Innovations

Teams: Leadership
Jeff Wesley

Jeff Wesley

Executive Director of Red Cedar Ventures

Technology Manager Team

Technology managers help evaluate commercialization potential based on factors such as intellectual property strength, market value, level of development, ease of implementation and timing. Learn who represents your space of MSU.

Brian Copple

Brian Copple

Technology Manager

Tom Herlache

Tom Herlache, Ph.D., J.D.

Technology Manager Assistant Director for Commercialization

Julia Miller, Ph.D.

AgBio Technology Transfer Fellow

Corporate Engagement Team

The Corporate Engagement Team works to create collaborations between university and corporate research teams. These collaborations work to advance research and bring MSU innovations closer to the world where they will have direct impact.

Charles Hasemann

Charles Hasemann, Ph.D.

Assistant VP for Innovation & Economic Development

Kevin McCurren

Kevin McCurren

Commercialization Program Director for MSU Innovation Center

Jeff Myers

Jeff Myers

Director of Corporate Relations

Brice Nelson

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Randy Sheets

Randy Sheets, J.D.

Sponsored Programs Assistant Director

Business Connect Contracts Team

The Business Connect Contracts Team reviews, negotiates and drafts contracts with for-profit companies sponsoring research, clinical trials and fee for service activity at MSU. The team is involved in the contracting process from beginning to end to ensure both parties are satisfied with the outcome and to ensure consistency with MSU policies. The team works … Continued

Charlene Fortin

Contract and Grant Sponsored Accountant

Jeff Myers

Jeff Myers

Director of Corporate Relations

Brice Nelson

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Tina Ramos

Tina Ramos, MPA, J.D.

Contract & Grant/Sponsored Programs Administrator

Randy Sheets

Randy Sheets, J.D.

Sponsored Programs Assistant Director

MSUT Operations Team

The MSUT Operations Team oversees the Intellectual Property portfolio of the Innovation Center. From managing the patents to executing license and option agreements to distributing royalties, this team has a hand in all things IP.

Karen Chang

Karen Chang, J.D.

Agreement & Compliance Coordinator

Sandra Clough

Sandra Clough

Patent Assistant

Jen Folger

Jen Folger

IP Finance Coordinator

Guangming He

Guangming He, Ph.D.

Information Management Analyst

Reanee Unger

Reanee Unger

Intellectual Property Administrator

Angelia VanWoert

Angelia VanWoert

IP Finance Assistant

MSUT Translational Grant Team

The MSU Technologies Translational Grant team works to manage grant awards given to researchers, from the application process to granting the award. Grants include the ADVANCE Grant, the MTRAC Starter and Full award, and TSGTD internal MSU grant. To grant these awards, the team works with the technology managers and university researchers. “We are particularly … Continued

Joseph Affholter

Commercialization Program Director MTRAC AgBio Innovation Hub

Weian Ou

Weian Ou

Grant Manager for the MTRAC program and MSU SMART ZONE

CDA/MTA/DUA Team

The CDA/MTA/DUA Team assists with material transfer agreements (MTA), confidential disclosure agreements (CDA), and data use agreements (DUA) for the university. They help faculty members protect their intellectual property, transfer data and materials to and from other institutions and conduct research. The team works diligently to secure the CDA/MTA/DUA agreements for the university. They execute … Continued

Aimee Crouch

Aimee M Crouch, J.D.

MTA/CDA Coordinator

Jean Zwier

Jean Zwier

MTA/CDA Coordinator

Startup Support Team

The Startup Support team helps MSU faculty turn their technology innovations into startup companies. The Entrepreneurs-In-Residence (EIRs) and Mentors-In-Residence (MIRs) are available to provide support, mentorship and resources to faculty looking to turn their research into a viable company. “We are here to help accelerate technologies from concept to market and create the companies of … Continued

Brad Fingland, Ph.D.

Director of Venture Creation, Physical Sciences

Nichole Maguire

Nichole Maguire

Administrative Assistant

Thomas Stewart

Thomas Stewart

Assistant Director of Venture Acceleration

Frank A. Urban

Director of Venture Creation - Life Sciences

Jeff Wesley

Jeff Wesley

Executive Director of Red Cedar Ventures

Incubators and Real Estate Team

The Incubators & Real Estate Team spurs placemaking and economic development for startups and established companies through spaces such as incubators, corporate innovation and research space and multi-tenant flex space. The team works together to support these companies by providing resources and space in which the companies can grow. “Our team is small, efficient, and … Continued

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Director of the University Corporate Research Park

Investment Team

The investment team mentors entrepreneurs and provides early stage support and funding to startups emanating from Michigan State University as well as the wider Michigan ecosystem. Each member of the team brings a unique set of skills, which allows them to make decisions to best help entrepreneurs. “We accentuate the talents of each other and … Continued

Prem Bodagala

Prem Bodagala

Director at Michigan Rise and Red Cedar Ventures

Teams: Investment
Jeff Wesley

Jeff Wesley

Executive Director of Red Cedar Ventures

Communications Team

The Communications Team oversees all communication and marketing from the MSU Innovation Center. They share news of work within the university that hits on the Center’s three main pillars: Corporate Engagement, Tech Transfer & Commercialization, and Startups & Entrepreneurship.

Brendan Grant

Communications Intern

Alysa Kirn

Communications Intern

Kee-Ri Burkitt

Media Communications Coordinator

Tracy Henion

Tracy Henion

Director of Communications

Administrative Support Team

The Administrative Support Team is the backbone of the Innovation Center. They perform a variety of jobs including scheduling, administrative support, reception, hiring, accounting, travel planning, internal communication and much more. “I’d like to think of myself as a point person in the office,” said Janet Foreman, the Executive Staff Assistant and Office Manager. “Whether … Continued

Janelle' Flores

Janelle' Campbell, CHRS

Human Resources Administrator

Janet Foreman

Janet Foreman

Executive Staff Assistant and Office Manager

Marta Sinclair

Marta Sinclair

Executive Staff Assistant

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