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February 2016, Newsletter

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Throughout the month of February love was in the air as boxes of chocolates were exchanged, and heart-felt messages were shared. Although our messages might not end with XOXO, The SearchLite has plenty to share with you for the month of February!

Interested in who’s already a part of the IIR CommunityCheck out our members!

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As always, please feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns you may have (

– Christy Song

Table of Contents

In this issue…

i.  News to Know 

ii.  New projects 

iii. News and Events

iv. IIR Spotlight

News to Know


Visha recently attended a Michigan State Career Event as a Panelist! 

Visha recently attended the Expanded Careers Conference on Feb. 12th at Michigan State University. She was a panelist for “Innovation/IP.” CLICK HERE!


The SearchLite will hold a recruiting event at McMaster University. 

On March 3, Scott will be meeting with McMaster PhD and Postdoc students for a 3-hour presentation on our new company model and our Innovators-in-Residence Community.


Scott recently attended Michigan Bio Industry Growth Summit?  

Scott recently attended an event for the leaders of bio-industry, academia, and policy realms! For more information CLICK HERE! 

***Want to know more about the IIR Program? Check out our IIR Page and fill out the contact form to talk with us!***  

New Projects:

What we’re working on…


here We Care Advisor

Lead Catalyst: Qi Zhang
Team Lead: Qi Zhang
IIRs: Satish Yewei, Charles, Patrick, Khushboo, Sujathedeep
Summary: Our WeCareAdvisor is a recent invention which helps caregivers manage behavioral symptoms in family members or patients with dementia. Dementia is the loss of cognition function accompanied by disruptive behavioral symptoms such as depression, agitation, aggression, psychosis, disinhibition, sleep disturbance and apathy. WeCareAdvisor is a web-based tool to help the caregivers assess, manage and monitor the patients’ status and provide assistance accordingly. This tool has been tested in some nursing homes and received excellent feedback.


Space Analytic Non-Dispersive Raman Spectroscopy

Lead Catalyst: Qi Zhang
Summary: The detector is based on Raman Spectroscopy, which is a technique used to asses the concentration or amount of a chemical substance (atomic, molecular or ionic) in an unknown sample by illuminating it with a laser while monitoring the resulting Raman scattered photons. This project helps a team to file the proposal to detect CO2 in space setting to NASA.


Jacar Systems – Advanced Precision Stamping

Lead Catalyst: Ksenia Sharygina
Summary: The Jacar Systems helps stamping companies make money with Micro Transfer Systems. Their Patented Micro Transfer Systems can change problem dies into efficient running profit centers for companies. A transfer system will dramatically reduce material usages and tooling cost. Jacar engineered their systems to have a foot print 1/4 of the size of the older industrialized systems. This small foot print is the key to increasing company profits.  

News and Events:

Stay up to date on TSL’s latest news!


Visha was recently a panelist at a Michigan State Career Event

Visha recently attended the Expanded Careers Conference on Feb. 12th at Michigan State University. She was a panelist for “Innovation/IP.” At the event the panelists discussed their personal experiences of transitioning out of academia and answered questions from Phd and Postdoc attendees. Other panelists included Cindy Bott (Partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP) and Tom Herlache (Technology Manger, MSU Technologies). Check out this post for more details about the event!


Broadening our family near and far

On March 3, Scott will be meeting with McMaster PhD and Postdoc students for a 3-hour presentation on our new company model and our Innovators-in-Residence Community. The three new areas will focus on Industrial Internet of Things, Biobased Materials, and Digital Health. Scott will introduce the customer development process and where TSL fits in the process and then discuss the requirements of an Innovator-in-Residence and then close with case study break out for the students to apply what they just learned through this meeting. Keep an eye out for an upcoming blog on the response from this recruiting event!


Scott attended the Michigan Bio Industry Growth Summit

Leaders from the bio-industry, academia, and policy realms recently met in Lansing to discuss how to best unleash Michigan’s biosciences R&D and manufacturing potential to stimulate economic growth. The Michigan Bio-Industry Growth Summit was hosted by MichBio! Click here for more details!


Need help in engaging with us on social media?

When we stumble upon a post that we think our peers would enjoy or find valuable we often share the information, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds so here is a tutorial on how to share, like, and examples of text you could get ideas from for your own posts! CLICK HERE! 


TSL Welcomes our new IIRs!  

We are always elated when we are able to say our Please welcome Linjun Zhangand Sujatha Jayaraj and check out their profiles. We look forward to working with you and are excited to see our IIR community grow!


Don’t Miss the Upcoming Events!


Suvey Reminder

If you have any suggestions or feedback about the IIR program, please take the time to fill this survey out. It will greatly help us improve the program and will give us feedback on what is and is not working. We look forward to receiving your responses!

*** Have more ideas? We are listening. Take the survey HERE so that you too can impact our community for the better! *** 


Course Completion

As all of you know, the Learning Management System is a crucial part of the IIR experience and we strongly encourage our innovators to participate. It is an easy and fast way to become aware of what exactly The SearchLite does and what terminology we are using and why. Several IIRS have shown outstanding performance and have completed all of the courses to date on our new Learning Management System. We applaud you for your achievements!

Innovator-in-Residence Spotlight:

An IIR that has gone above and beyond…


“Patrick is responsible, creative, and self-motivated. He didn’t only finish his task efficiently, but also took the initiative to filter contacts and reach out. He was able to compile an index of 4 industry expert contacts for the team on his own. Two of the interviews that have already taken place were a huge success. He also voluntarily participated in the interview sessions and showed great passion while working on the project for We Care Advisor. I am looking forward tho his great work.”

– Qi Zhang

“The SearchLite has been an amazing opportunity to apply the research and analytical skills I’ve honed in academia to the world of business development and market discovery. It’s been an invaluable learning experience to work with a team of talented individuals toward a common goal and one that I will certainly take with me as I progress through my career.”

– Patrick Long

Innovator-in-Residence Alumni Spotlight:

IIR Alumni… where are they now?


Yioryos Nardis

Yioryos is a Senior Researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Center for Political studies. Some of the projects he is currently working on includes: Qatar University Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI), Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES), and Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA).

Before his current position Yioryos worked with The SearchLite as an Analyst. He translated client needs into research objectives by implementing five case studies in an iterative process using interviews, secondary research, and surveys to pinpoint risks associated with early-stage technologies in medical, wireless, and agricultural industries. He identified market applications, customer segments, and commercial partners.   Yioryos also developed and implemented a statistical framework to quantify and model product-market fit and lead the initiative for incorporating big data from social media to organize, pattern and predict consumer behavior.

Thank you Yioryos for all of your hard work and contributions in the past and present! We truly value you as a peer, alumni, and friend. We look forward to continuously seeing the great things you are destined to accomplish.

“I am currently a Senior Researcher & Research Manager at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Around half my time is spent on project management, which includes overseeing data collection, employees and budgets. We work in large teams and the experience I gained working at TSL in teams with diverse backgrounds and interests really helped me transition into my current role.”

– Yioryos Nardis

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