The Michigan-Pittsburg-Wyss Regenerative Medicine (MPWRM) Resource Center is in pursuit of new research directions and therapeutic solutions in the dental, oral and craniofacial field, and with these come new opportunities for corporate affiliates and increased need for their commitment to translating technology. The MPWRMRC Corporate Partners Program (CPP) supports the mutual needs of industry and MPWRMRC in developing translational tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies needed to provide advancements in the delivery of dental, oral and craniofacial therapies. This is accomplished by providing appropriate mechanisms for technical information exchange, research collaborations, trainee advancement and technology transfer with MPWRM investigators.

Each corporate partner will receive:

  1. Representation on the MPWRM Resource Center Corporate Partners Advisory Council;
  2. Participation in vendor-neutral settings to explore key challenges, technical matters and opportunities with highly qualified thought leaders from both academia and industry;
  3. Attendance at an annual Stakeholders Summit that features overviews of research programs funded by MPWRM’s Interdisciplinary Translational Project (ITP) program, working sessions on aspects of technology translation, elevator pitches of the latest technology development in the dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) complex area, networking sessions and other opportunities to initiate collaborations and mechanisms to exchange ideas, concepts and techniques for advancing the DOC industry;
  4. Exposure to novel, cutting-edge technology development coordinated meetings, institutional visits, and other one-on-one mechanisms; companies are provided a preview of the latest research findings from resource center investigators and the funded research programs;
  5. Leverage research investments through collaboration with MPWRMRC researchers;
  6. Access to faculty expertise for problem solving, consultation and research collaboration;
  7. Access to specialized, state of the art instrumentation and capabilities available at the MPWRM institutions;
  8. Access to funding for research investigations through the ITP Program;
  9. Collaboration opportunities on SBIR /STTR and other grant opportunities on projects of interest to the industrial partners;
  10. Opportunity to sponsor a post-doctoral student dedicated to a project of mutual interest to corporate partners and MPWRMRC institutions;
  11. Interactions with other corporate partners;
  12. Opportunities to recruit and engage with trainees in educational initiatives and corporate internships.

Partner Responsibilities

Partners will be asked to:

  1. Plan and organize the Corporate Roundtable at the RC’s Annual Stakeholders Summit;
  2. Carry out an annual analysis of the RC’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis) from an industry perspective, and provide the RC leadership with a written summary report;
  3. Provide justification to support valuation of in-kind sponsorship fees;
  4. Provide industry-based guidance for the RC’s Interdisciplinary Translational Project (ITP) program;
  5. Make recommendations for expanding RC activities and sustaining the longevity of the initiative;
  6. Participate in mentoring type activities and acting as advisors for young investigators and students;
  7. Participate in the RC’s annual Stakeholders Summit as a speaker, moderator or in some other capacity;
  8. Promote the annual Stakeholders Summit and its related activities to constituents in related fields of science;
  9. Work with the RC to identify potential sources of funding in support of the RC and its related activities.