Innovation Partnership Services Office


Strategic Projects Coordinator

Ryan S. Barry
1613B MHRA Bldg, 1111 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC 27412
Phone: 336-334-4773 | Email: (

Ryan Barry began working with UNCG in 2014 in an independent consulting capacity supporting the Global Opportunities Center team. The team participated in the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Stronger Cities Stronger Communities (SC2) Challenge and was awarded a first place $500k prize for its Economic Development Plan. He joined UNCG in an official capacity in 2015 as Strategic Projects Coordinator supporting the Office of Research & Engagement on economic development, partnership, and commercialization efforts. Currently, Ryan serves as Strategic Projects Coordinator in the Innovation Partnership Services Office (IPSO). Ryan holds an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BSBA in Marketing from Appalachian State University. He’s represented the UNC System as Fudan University (Shanghai, China) Liaison; worked in start-up environments; held a Corporate Development role at a Fortune 200 company; and worked on topics such as healthcare, sustainability, mergers & acquisitions, strategic planning, technology and business transformation.

Ryan works with research teams at the university as a commercialization advisor, facilitating industry partnerships, liaising with external partners, bridging research to market needs, and identifying pathways for work underway at UNCG.

Senior Licensing Associate

Michael Marshall, JD, Ph.D.
1613C MHRA Bldg, 1111 Spring Garden St.
Greensboro, NC 27412
Phone: 336-334-4773 | Email: (

Michael Marshall first joined the Innovation Partnership Services Office as a Technology Transfer Intern while completing his doctoral studies in nanoscience at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. His PhD work focused on developing solid-state nanopores as a single molecule detection platform for microbial biomarker discovery applications. Prior to his PhD studies, Michael worked in UNC-Greensboro’s Center for Biotechnology, Genomics and Health Research, where he managed a research project focused on developing a new method to assess water quality based on metagenomic profiles of resident microbial communities. This project grew out of Michael’s previous research experience while completing an MS in biology, also at UNC-Greensboro. Over the course of his scientific training, he has acquired a broad-based working knowledge spanning multiple fields, including molecular biology, microbial ecology, biotechnology, and single molecule biophysics.

Before his research career began, Michael also worked as an attorney in private practice for several years handling a variety of transactional matters. He comes to IPSO with a strong interest in facilitating the university discovery process, bringing both legal and technical experience to assist with technology transfer activities. As a Senior Licensing Associate, Michael will support faculty, staff and students with invention disclosures and patentability evaluation, administer the patent process, and draft agreements that are an integral part of the commercialization pipeline.