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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
Chief Operating Officer, URI Ventures
Center Director, Polaris MEP
(401) 270-8896

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

Mary Springer, CPA
Dir, Finance and Administration
Dir, Human Resources
URI Ventures
(401) 874-5964

Voting Members

Peter J. Snyder, Chair, ex officio
URI Vice President for Division of Research and Economic Development
Division of Research and Economic Development

David M. Dooley, ex officio
URI President
University of Rhode Island

Abigail Rider, ex officio
URI Vice President for Division of Administration and Finance
Division of Administration and Finance

Victor Bell, Director
President (Ret.)
Lorax EPI

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

Jennifer Brower, Director
Principal Scientist
Prometheus Inc.

John Fuller, Director
Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc.

Peter Kaczmarek, Director
Mearthane Products Corporation

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

Thomas J. Rockett, Director
URI Emeritus

Donald Stanford, Director
Chief Innovation Officer (Ret.)

Michael E. Katz, Executive Director
Associate Vice President
Intellectual Property and Economic Development
University of Rhode Island

Brian S. Dunckley, Treasurer
Plum Pointe Wealth Management

Melissa McCarthy, Secretary/Clerk
Director, University Research External Relations
University of Rhode Island

Theodore B. Howell, Counsel
Howell Legal

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