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July 05, 2015 10:01 PM ET

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Company Overview of University of Michigan

Company Overview

University of Michigan is an educational institution that provides undergraduate, graduate, and special programs. It offers courses in aerospace engineering, architecture, biology, chemistry, communication studies, civil and environmental engineering, dance, environment, music, law, psychology, medical, and pharmacy. University of Michigan was founded in 1817 and is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

United States

Founded in 1817



Key Executives for University of Michigan

Age: 71
Dean of The A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Vice President and General Counsel
Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

University of Michigan Key Developments

Tekcapital plc Acquires Licensing Rights to Two Technologies from University of Michigan and Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Tekcapital plc announced that it has acquired the licencing rights to two technologies that are intended to enable the commercialization of energy harvesting from human movement to power mobile technologies. Power Generation Device: Tekcapital has acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to a piezoelectric electro-mechanical device, from the University of Michigan with patents pending (US 2014/012690). This device may be incorporated into footwear, apparel, sporting goods and recreational equipment to harvest the energy generated through vibrations. The device itself is particular in that it combines principles of micro electro-mechanical systems originally designed to capture the energy generated by the vibrations of a beating heart, in order to charge the battery of a pacemaker implant. This patent pending technology goes towards the development of new, super-small, power generation devices that may be incorporated into footwear, apparel, sporting goods and recreational equipment. Battery Charger Circuit: Additionally, Tekcapital announced that it has acquired the exclusive worldwide license to a patented (US 8,368,290) rectifier-free, energy harvester/battery-charger circuit from the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. This technology conditions the AC (alternating current) from a piezoelectric transducer, such as that licensed from the University of Michigan, for the efficient conversion into DC (direct current). The AC to DC conversion losses using this circuit have been demonstrated to be a fraction of the conversion losses experienced when using other more established rectifier based technologies. The DC from this efficient battery-charger circuit therefore has the potential to be used to charge the batteries incorporated in wearable devices, such as smart watches, wearable health monitors and portable devices, such as smart phones and tablet computers. The design of the circuit consists of a piezoelectric-based harvester system, which extracts small amounts of energy from the environment and stores it in a power cache. The Board believes that the key innovation lies in the ability to reliably convert small amounts of energy from a variety of transducers for future use, while minimizing the energy loss necessary to perform the process. This patented and scalable design allows for bypassing input-voltage requirements while providing energy savings and has been shown to induce up to four times more energy than normal rectifier-based harvester circuits.

Boehringer Ingelheim and University of Michigan Partner for Diabetic Nephropathy Research

Boehringer Ingelheim and the University of Michigan have entered into research collaboration to discover new medicines for patients with diabetic nephropathy. In an effort to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from this debilitating disorder, a research team of investigators at Boehringer Ingelheim, the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota and the intermural research branch of the National Institute of Health in Phoenix will seek to elucidate mechanisms that are likely to be drivers of diabetic nephropathy. The unique research design consists of more than 10 years of prospective evaluation of the Pima Indian patient population, a population known for its propensity to develop diabetes and subsequently nephropathy. The research team will examine the phenotypic and molecular states before and after the onset of renal damage in the context of diabetes. The project will elucidate the altered molecular networks in the early and later stages of diabetic nephropathy and will identify new mechanistic entry points for drug discovery.

University of Michigan Presents at The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium 2015, May-20-2015 12:18 PM

University of Michigan Presents at The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium 2015, May-20-2015 12:18 PM. Venue: Marriott Resort, Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States. Speakers: Jack Miner, Director, Venture Center.

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