Michael P. Straightiff

Executive Director

Michael P. Straightiff, Executive Director of the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group (LVG), is responsible for the technology transfer and commercialization of all University of Virginia owned intellectual property. He was appointed in September 2011, after leading Case Western Reserve University’s Technology Transfer Office in biomedical engineering commercialization for four years.

Shortly after arriving at the Licensing & Ventures Group, Straightiff 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. In 2015, Straightiff established the $10 million LVG Seed Fund, tasked with supporting the more than 50 active start-ups based on University innovation assets, and in 2019 he created a new Entrepreneur/Expert/Executive-in-Residence program, recruiting established industry leaders to Charlottesville in order to support emerging UVA discoveries and to create new ventures based on UVA technologies. Since 2015, the Licensing & Ventures Group has recorded its highest numbers of license agreements, option agreements, and invention disclosures in the history of the organization five years in a row.

Prior to joining the Licensing & Ventures Group, Straightiff was Director of Biomedical Engineering Commercialization for the Technology Transfer Office at Case Western Reserve University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA. He also holds a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University.

Currently, Straightiff serves as the President of the Board for the Albemarle County Police Foundation, is a member of the UVA Children’s Hospital Advisory Board, and sits on oversight committees for the Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partnership and the Commonwealth’s integrated Translation Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV).


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

Licensing Executives Society