Founder and Managing Partner, Frazier Healthcare Ventures
Founding Director, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center
Chairman, CEO, & Founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities
CEO and Fund Manager, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund
California research consortium FlexTech Alliance announced today it has landed a $75 million U.S. Department of Defense contract that makes it the organizational hub for a sweeping government effort to advance American manufacturing capabilities for flexible products like clothing that are... Read more »
John Van Siclen recalls driving around last year in the middle of nowhere, Wisconsin, to visit a large retailer. The meeting was off the beaten path for the Dynatrace CEO, but not just in the physical sense.
His Waltham, MA-based company... Read more »
In April, San Diego-based Achates Power announced it was opening a Michigan office to capitalize on the market momentum of its opposed-piston engines. I caught up with Achates CEO David Johnson this week to find out how things were going.
“We... Read more »
Avegant, a Redwood City, CA-based tech startup with roots in Ann Arbor, MI, announced this week that it has raised $24 million in Series B funding. Lian Luo, a Chinese mobile gaming company, led the round, with participation from the... Read more »
Here’s a look at news from around Michigan’s innovation communities:
—The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business today unveiled details of its annual Impact Challenge, an immersive leadership development program which brings together the entire incoming class of first-year, full-time MBA... Read more »
When Michipreneur began in 2012, it was a blog focused on telling stories from Michigan’s startup community. Since then, it has grown into a full-on digital publishing operation that offers a host of online services for local startups.
This week, the... Read more »
Growing up in East Lansing, MI, I wasn’t aware of the “invisible forcefield on US-23,” as TechTown Detroit’s executive-in-residence Gerry Roston eloquently phrases it, that acts as a barrier between Detroit and Ann Arbor.
It seemed inconceivable to me that... Read more »
Last week, 100,000 Americans with sickle cell disease and millions more around the world got encouraging news. Investors gave a vote of confidence, in the form of a $120 million IPO, to Global Blood Therapeutics (NASDAQ: GBT), a four-year-old... Read more »
Here’s a look at innovation news from around Michigan:
—The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, a $20 million effort announced in 2013 that provides loans, business education, and grants to Detroit-area entrepreneurs, celebrated the graduation of 60 small-business owners... Read more »
As we approach the end of our fifth year in Michigan, Xconomy Detroit is rebranding. We’re calling it Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor in recognition of the ongoing collaboration between the two communities so crucial to the state’s efforts to innovate and diversify—collaboration... Read more »
Asterand Bioscience, the Detroit, MI-based provider of biospecimens to drug discovery and research customers, announced it has acquired Memphis, TN-based AdeptBio, a biobank specializing in the custom procurement of human tissue samples.
The terms of the deal were not... Read more »
[Corrected 8/11/15, 9:57 am. See below.] Loxo Oncology, the Stamford, CT-based biopharmaceutical company developing targeted cancer therapies, announced last week that it has appointed veteran life sciences executive (and Detroit Xconomist) Tim Mayleben to its board of directors.
Mayleben is... Read more »
At a Center for Automotive Research event in Traverse City, MI, this week, Gov. Rick Snyder announced a new statewide effort to publicize high-tech automotive jobs in Michigan in an effort to attract and retain talent. Called We Run on Brainpower... Read more »
Xconomist Ann Marie Sastry, founder of the Ann Arbor, MI-based advanced battery startup Sakti3, has collected many accolades during her career. But this week might have been the first time she got an in-person “atta girl” from the leader... Read more »
There is an FDA project underway that could help change the way molecular diagnostics are developed, evaluated, and regulated in the U.S. one day, should things go the way the agency intends. And Mountain View, CA-based DNAnexus is getting the first... Read more »
Zoetis (NYSE: ZTS), a maker of animal health medicines and vaccines, announced this week that it has received a conditional license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its immunotherapeutic to treat canine atopic dermatitis, an allergic skin condition... Read more »
Sharon Vosmek, the CEO of a Silicon Valley non-profit that has been working for 15 years to boost access to financing for women tech entrepreneurs, says she sees no encouraging statistics on that score as yet.
What has changed, though, is... Read more »
It’s no secret that the tech industry has diversity problems.
The high cost of cancer treatments is a huge topic of conversation these days. One way to trim those costs is to not give treatments to people who don’t need them.
That sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s a knotty problem,... Read more »
Here’s a look at news from around Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem:
—The New York Times reported two years ago that Chinese automakers were quietly building a presence in Michigan. The latest company to set up shop in Michigan is supplier... Read more »
As a former stockbroker, Robin Hauser Reynolds knows what it’s like to be a woman in a field dominated by men.
Over the past couple of years, the San Francisco Bay Area film director and self-described feminist has immersed herself in... Read more »
[Updated 8/6/15, 10:44 am. See below.] Back in early 2012, cybersecurity researcher Cameron Camp wrote a blogpost under the heading, “Could your next new car be hacked (should you be scared)?”
Camp identified significant potential dangers as automakers moved... Read more »
We’re firmly in the era of the Uberization of Everything, and even the slow-to-digitize agricultural industry is getting in on the trend. HiveLend, the Ann Arbor, MI-based startup that won Ann Arbor SPARK’s Best of Bootcamp honors in May,... Read more »
Occipital, a San Francisco startup founded by two University of Michigan alums, announced this week that it has raised $13 million in a Series B round. Participating in the round is a previous investor, Colorado-based Foundry Group, as well... Read more »
Here’s a look at news you may have missed from around Michigan’s innovation hubs:
—iDashboards, the Troy-based business intelligence software company, has formed a “value-add reseller” partnership with Phoenix Systems, a Canadian software and hardware service provider. Phoenix... Read more »
Co-founder & CEO of Notion; Chairman & Co-founder of Nutshell
Co-Founder and CEO, DUO Security
Co-Founder and Director of Mobile, Detroit Labs
Associate Vice President for Research, Technology Transfer, University of Michigan
Professor, University of Michigan
CEO of Nutshell
President and Chief Executive Officer of Esperion Therapeutics.
Chief Scientist, Mimecast
Chief Technology Officer, Compuware