Coulter Translational Research Program

Karen Schroeder, BME PhD Student, demonstrates use of a brain machine interface (BMI) system that uses 100 channel arrays implanted the in motor and premotor cortex with the goal of eventually developing clinically viable systems to enable paralyzed individuals to control prosthetic limbs, as well as their own limbs using functional electrical stimulation and assistive exoskeletons in the NCRC on August 1, 2013. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing


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.