Interfacing with Michigan Leaders in Academic Technology Commercialization
Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:00PM EST
Zoom webinar with university leaders in tech transfer and commercialization. This panel will discuss aspects of the process and experience working to bring ideas and products from academia to industry. Our speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the field and the major players.
Bryce Pilz, JD
Director of Licensing, UM Tech Transfer
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Bryce Pilz is Director of Licensing for UM Tech Transfer. UM Tech Transfer is responsible for commercializing university research discoveries. Last fiscal year, the office received 522 new inventions, created 268 option and license agreements and helped launch 31 startups. Prior to assuming a leadership role at UM Tech Transfer, Bryce was faculty at UM Law School where he co-founded the Entrepreneurship Clinic and taught courses related to IP Strategy and Venture Capital. Bryce is co-chair of Mcity‘s Legal & Insurance Working Group. He received his JD from Michigan Law in 2000 and his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering in 1997.
Joan Dunbar, PhD
Associate Vice President of Technology Commercialization
Wayne State University, Detroit MI
Dr. Joan Dunbar received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Sydney, and undertook postdoctoral studies at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark and subsequently at the University of California, Irvine. She was appointed assistant professor in WSU’s Department of Molecular Biology and Center for Molecular Biology and Genetics in 1987. She has served as principal investigator and co-investigator on many grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and collaborated extensively with industry on these projects. She created one of the first “Business of Biotech” curriculum programs in the nation that focused on engaging graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical sciences in entrepreneurship. She has played a key role at Wayne State to develop technology commercialization strategies for technologies stemming from research, and was instrumental in launching a new technology commercialization culture at the university to prepare faculty to take their research discoveries to the next level.
Richard Chylla, PhD
Executive Director of MSU Technologies
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Dr. Richard Chylla is one of the three pillars of Michigan State University’s Innovation Center, which combines innovation, technology transfer, start-up support, and a portfolio of dedicated business and community partnerships to bring cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace. Dr. Chylla did his undergraduate and doctoral work at the Illinois Institute of Technology and holds degrees in chemical engineering. He has a strong background in technology commercialization from his domestic and international positions in product and business development and technology management and licensing. At MSU, he is responsible for all strategic and operational issues related to managing the university’s diverse intellectual property portfolio, including identifying and protecting intellectual property, marketing and negotiating technology transfer opportunities with industry, and helping to identify innovations with the potential to form start-up companies.