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

Avijit Sen, Ph.D.
Sr. Licensing Technology Officer
Marketing & Business Development Executive
URI Ventures
avijit_sen@uri.edu
(401) 874-7441

Mary Springer, CPA
Dir, Finance and Administration
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
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

Victor Bell, Director
President
Environmental Packaging Intl.

Nicholas Bowen, Director
Vice President (Ret.)
Software Appliances IBM Corporation

Clare King, Director
President
Propel LLC

Daniel G. Lowney, Director
Program Lead, Power and Energy
Electric Boat Corporation

Thomas J. Rockett, Director
URI Emeritus

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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