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THE BIG FESTIVAL ABOUT SMALL CITIES
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Michael Straightiff

University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group
Executive Director
Charlottesville, Virginia
Michael P. Straightiff, Executive Director of the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group (UVA LVG) has strategic and operational re¬sponsibilities for the technology transfer and commercialization of all UVA owned intellectual property.

Since September 2011, Straightiff has elevated the work of the organization through a reinvigorated business development pipeline, implementing new business and financial models that integrate the translational research programs at the University, and by establishing the $10 million UVA LVG Seed Fund. Under his leadership, UVA LVG has recorded the highest number of license and option agreements and invention disclosures in its history from fiscal years 2016-2018, and broke another record with the issuance of 59 U.S. patents in 2018.

Previously, Straightiff was Director of Biomedical Engineering Commercialization in Case Western Reserve University’s Technology Transfer Office. He holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and an M.B.A., both from Case Western Reserve Univer¬sity, and a M.P.P in Sci¬ence and Technology Policy from George Mason University.



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