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

Assoc VP, Intellectual Property and Economic Development
URI Division of Research and Economic Development
(401) 874-4807

Christan Cowan

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


(401) 270-8896

Andrew Grand-Pierre, MS

Licensing Technology Officer
Dir, Marketing & Business Development
URI Ventures
(401) 874-9206

Avijit Sen, Ph.D.

Sr. Licensing Technology Officer
Marketing & Business Development Executive
URI Ventures
(401) 874-7441

Mary Springer, CPA

Dir, Finance and Operations
Dir, Human Resources
URI Ventures
(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

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


Thomas J. Rockett, Director

URI Emeritus

James P. Runstadler, Director

Textron Innovations

Clare King, Director

Propel LLC

Victor Bell, Director

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

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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