Staff Profile

Michael P. Straightiff

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Michael P. Straightiff

Executive Director, UVa Licensing & Ventures Group
Liaison To
Darden School of Business, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Law, McIntire School of Commerce

Michael P. Straightiff joined the University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group as director in September 2011.

Previously, as director of biomedical engineering commercialization in Case Western Reserve University's Technology Transfer Office, Straightiff managed high-profile research, development and commercialization partnerships with several large biomedical technology companies. He was also involved in the formation of companies spun out of Case, in coordination with Case Technology Ventures and the local investment community. Straightiff served on the board of directors for a venture-backed neurostimulation company and an early-stage biomedical imaging company. At Case, Straightiff also served on the institutional oversight committee for the school's Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partnership.

Straightiff formerly was a senior licensing associate and a consultant for Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc., where he managed a diverse portfolio of technologies in engineering, physical sciences and life sciences. He also worked as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after serving as research assistant at the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center.


M.B.A., Case Western Reserve University; Master of Public Policy, George Mason University; B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Professional Memberships
Academic Licensing Community of Virginia, Association of University Technology Managers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, Licensing Executives Society


Manager, Marketing & Communications
Manager of Financial Operations
Senior Patent & General Counsel
Licensing Manager
Licensing Manager
Associate Director
Information Manager
Licensing Manager
Legal Assistant
Executive Assistant to Michael P. Straightiff
Licensing Manager
Senior Biotechnology Patent Counsel
Executive Director, UVa Licensing & Ventures Group
Director, Operations