Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program

The U-M Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program is a commercialization fund that seeks to accelerate the development of university technologies into new products to improve health care.

The program funds 5-7 projects per year for an average of over $100,000 each. Each project must involve a collaboration between UM faculty from any college of engineering department and a practicing clinician from a clinical department. Each project aims to generate a new medical device, surgical tool, diagnostic assay or other biomedical tool and is mentored by a team of industry experts to guide projects to the point of start-up, partnering with industry, and/or follow-on funding.

The program is funded by the proceeds of an endowment from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, with a match from the University of Michigan Medical School and UM College of Engineering.

“Coulter Program funding supported the development of this surgical tool held by U-M Professor of Plastic Surgery Paul Cederna, MD. He and his U-M Plastic Surgery colleagues, along with U-M Mechanical Engineering Professor Albert Shih, PhD, PhD-candidate Jeffrey Plott, and student Jordan Kreda, developed the tool to facilitate surgery for treating painful neuromas. The surgical tool was licensed to RLS Interventional in March 2016.” Photo: Chris Stranad
“Coulter Program funding supported the development of this surgical tool held by U-M Professor of Plastic Surgery Paul Cederna, MD. He and his U-M Plastic Surgery colleagues, along with U-M Mechanical Engineering Professor Albert Shih, PhD, PhD-candidate Jeffrey Plott, and student Jordan Kreda, developed the tool to facilitate surgery for treating painful neuromas. The surgical tool was licensed to RLS Interventional in March 2016.” Photo: Chris Stranad