Michael P. Straightiff

Executive Director

Michael P. Straightiff, Executive Director of the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group (LVG) has strategic and operational responsibilities for the technology transfer and commercialization of all University of Virginia owned intellectual property. He was appointed in September 2011, after leading the Case Western Reserve University’s Technology Transfer Office in biomedical engineering commercialization for four years. Shortly after arriving at LVG, he adopted a new strategic direction for the organization emphasizing the commercialization of university technologies through a more judicious approach to licensing deals and fostering relationships with UVA inventors to help them launch new ventures.

Straightiff has worked to reinvigorate the business development pipeline by implementing new business and financial models for the organization that integrates the existing translational research programs at the University. He has increased engagement of faculty, staff, and students by deploying a revised innovation revenue distribution formula and aligned financial incentives with faculty, departmental, school and University commitments to innovation. His articulation of the future of technology transfer and vision for LVG among University leadership led to the inception of the $10 million UVA LVG Seed Fund in 2015.

Straightiff has tactically hired a leadership team of industry experts, and a licensing team of diverse scientific, business and technology commercialization experiences that have been instrumental in elevating the work of the organization. While continuing to provide support to the more than 50 active startups launched from discoveries made by UVA faculty, LVG has also recorded its highest number of license and option agreements and invention disclosures in the history of the organization for three years in a row, in fiscal years 2015 through 2017. 

Before joining LVG, Straightiff was Director of Biomedical Engineering Commercialization in Case Western Reserve University’s Technology Transfer Office, where he led commercialization efforts for approximately 300 invention disclosures within the biomedical engineering sector. He managed high profile research, development and commercialization partnerships with several sizeable biomedical technology companies, and supported the launch of a handful of new ventures in coordination with Case Western’s “Innovation Network” and local investment community.

Having grown up in nearby Front Royal, VA, Straightiff hardly steps out of the LVG office without running into someone he knows. He has earned a reputation around UVA as having the most jovial headshot (evidence above), and when he’s not steering the LVG ship, he can be found spending time with his wife and two daughters.


M.B.A., Case Western Reserve University

M.P.P., 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 (CBIC)

Licensing Executives Society