We are URI Ventures.

The University of Rhode Island faculty, staff, and student research often leads to new companies, cutting-edge patents, and innovative public-private partnerships. URI Ventures (formerly the URI Research Foundation) oversees market analysis, commercialization of protected intellectual property, and the development of business relationships with corporate and government partners. These commercialization activities advance Rhode Island’s economy while improving society and human lives.

URI Venture’s Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) is the resource for Rhode Island manufacturers. Polaris MEP provides a wide array of growth services to the manufacturing industry in the state, including a direct connection to the University of Rhode Island for R&D, testing, and more.

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THE TEAM

Michael Katz, Ph.D.
Exec Dir, URI Ventures

Assoc VP, Intellectual Property and Economic Development
URI Division of Research and Economic Development
mekatz@uri.edu
(401) 874-4807

Christan Cowan

Dir, Industry Partnerships, URI Ventures
Center Director, Polaris MEP

ccowan@polarismep.org

(401) 270-8896

Andrew Grand-Pierre, MS

Licensing Technology Officer
Dir, of Marketing & Business Development
URI Ventures
andrewgp17@uri.edu
(401) 874-9206

Mary Springer, CPA

Dir, Finance and Operations
Dir, Human Resources
URI Ventures
mary_springer@uri.edu
(401) 874-5964

Voting Members

Peter J. Snyder, Chair, ex officio


Vice President for Division of Research and Economic Development
University of Rhode Island
Division of Research and Economic Development

David M. Dooley, Director, ex officio


President
University of Rhode Island

Abigail Rider, Director, ex officio


Vice President for Division of Administration and Finance
University of Rhode Island
Division of Administration and Finance

Nicholas Bowen, Director


Vice President
Software Appliances IBM Corporation

Pierre J. Corriveau, Director


Chief Undersea Technologist
Raytheon Company – Integrated Defense Systems

Daniel G. Lowney, Director


Program Lead, Power and Energy
Electric Boat Corporation

David R. Marquis, Director


President
ChemArt

Thomas J. Rockett, Director


URI Emeritus

James P. Runstadler, Director


President
Textron Innovations

Clare King, Director


President
Propel LLC

Victor Bell, Director


President
Environmental Packaging Intl.

Christine Smith, Director


Executive Director, STAC
RI Commerce Corp.

Michael E. Katz, Executive Director


Associate Vice President, University Intellectual Property and Economic Development
University of Rhode Island

Jerrold N. Dorfman, CPA/PFS, Treasurer


Principal
Lefkowitz, Garfinkel, Champi & DeRienzo, LP

Melissa McCarthy, Secretary


Director, University Research External Relations
University of Rhode Island

Theodore B. Howell, Counsel


Howell Legal

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