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Jonathan Fay, Ph.D.

Dixon and Carol Doll Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship

Bio: Prior to U-M, Jonathan had senior operating roles in several medical device startups in Silicon Valley. The companies ranged from infant hearing screening, to asthma diagnostics, to hearing devices. Most recently, Jonathan was the COO/CTO of EarLens Corporation a medical device startup in Silicon Valley. In addition to his responsibilities as the operational head of the company, he raised capital from a variety of sources including SBIRs, angels, strategic partners, and VCs. Jonathan has over 12 patents and received his PhD in Biomechanics Stanford. Products developed under Jonathan’s leadership have received numerous national awards as first-of-kind innovations.

Jonathan focuses his efforts on facilitating entrepreneurship and innovation in the students and faculty at the University of Michigan and across the Midwest. In addition to being the Dixon and Carol Doll Executive Director at U-M, he is also the Executive Director and Co-PI of the NSF Midwest I-Corps node. In that role, he helps bring the entire Midwest region together to facilitate the sharing of best practices, experts, investors, and mentors so that emerging technologies can have an impact on the regional and global economy. Jonathan is passionate about using advanced technologies in partnership with human networks to bring about large-scale changes in mobility, climate change, and healthcare.

Courses taught: 

ENTR 599.014 – An Introduction to Innovation: Tools for Career Success

Medical House Staff Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program