Fast Forward Medical Innovation

Fast Forward Medical Innovation is part of the Office of Research at the University of Michigan Medical School, and we work to accelerate biomedical innovation and commercialization in diagnostics, therapeutics, devices, and healthcare IT.

With the ultimate goal of impacting patient health, we support research at its inception, collaborate with commercial partners via novel methods, and enhance medical education by fostering innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels.

Explore Our Programs

Medical education classroom

Commercialization Education

Supporting a culture of commercialization, we offer faculty and students educational activities and partnered programs that nurture entrepreneurship across the Medical School and beyond. Learn more →

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Innovation Navigator

Offering an innovation navigator across translational gaps, programs like our U-M MTRAC for Life Sciences help guide biomedical researchers across the “valley of death” between traditional funding sponsors and investors in late-stage innovation. Learn more →

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External Partners

Our Business Development team offers external partners seamless access to an academic research powerhouse and a proven business development track record, as well as novel new venture expertise. Learn more →


Thursday, May 01, 2014
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Kahn Auditorium, Biomedical Science Research Building

The internationally recognized Transgenic Animal Model Core celebrates 25 years of achievement at the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Seminar Rooms, Biomedical Science Research Building

U-M experts offer their insights on taking therapeutic, device, and diagnostic projects from bench to bedside. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Dining Hall, NCRC Building 18

Take advantage of this free symposium where industry and foundation business development professionals, along with our own U-M experts, address the latest trends and topics in academic-private sector collaboration.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Forum Hall, 4th Floor
Palmer Commons

Join Susan T. Weintraub, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry, Director of the Institutional Mass Spectrometry Institute, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, as she presents on "Protein Characterization and Quantitation by Mass Spectrometry. What Can you Learn and What Can you Believe?"

Wednesday, July 09, 2014
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Research Auditorium, NCRC Building 10

The latest trends in digital health innovation, with U-M experts highlighting the resources available to help you join the digital healthcare revolution.