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The U.Va-Coulter Partnership

The Coulter Foundation chose U.Va. BME as a site for the Translational Partners Award because of our position at the intersection of the School of Engineering and Medicine and commitment to translational research. The University also has many of the elements in place for a successful system of translational research. They include the Darden School’s Batten Institute for entrepreneurial leadership and a number of University-wide initiatives such as the U.Va. Patent Foundation and Project Gateway.

Key U.Va. Partners

Department of Biomedical Engineering
#19 Department of Biomedical Engineering (US News)

David Chen, MS, MBA, is the Coulter Project Director for the U.Va. BME. David also holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine dean’s office, where he oversees identification and development of translational research projects.

School of Medicine
#22 School of Medicine (US News)

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD, is the Senior Associate Dean for Research for the School of Medicine

Darden School of Business
#13 School of Business (US News)

Philippe Sommer, MBA, is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs for the Darden School of Business

School of Nursing
#15 School of Nursing (US News)

Catherine Kane, PhD, RN, is the Director of Nursing Ventures, a joint program of the School of Nursing and Medical Center Nursing. She oversees the Entrepreneurial Resource Center.

Deborah Conway, RN, MSN, directs the Health Care Product Evaluation Center.

U.Va. Patent Foundation

Executive Director Michael Straightiff and staff oversee the technology transfer process at the University of Virginia

U.Va. Office of the Vice President for Research

Tom Skalak, PhD, Vice President for Research, oversees research activities at the University of Virginia and is the principal investigator (PI) for the Coulter Translational Partnership Award.