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Kelly Sexton

Associate VP, Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships

As associate vice president for research, technology transfer and innovation partnerships, Sexton provides leadership for the university's innovation and technology transfer activities, along with building partnerships with public and private entities that are essential to the U-M innovation ecosystem. Sexton previously led the office of technology commercialization and new ventures at North Carolina State University, where she helped create an alumni angel investor network to create a new source of funding for university startups and spinouts.

U-M Tech Transfer is responsible for the commercialization of university research discoveries. For fiscal year 2017, the office received 444 new inventions, created 173 option and license agreements and helped launch 12 startups. Sexton earned a Ph.D. in molecular pathology from the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Georgia, Athens.


Research Team Assignment: Leadership Team
Phone: 734-763-0614

Carmen Atkins, administrative assistant, 734-764-8202,