Fast Forward Medical Innovation

Fast Forward Medical Innovation is a unit of the UMMS Office of Research and part of the Medical School’s Strategic Research Initiative. Our team acts as an innovation navigator for U-M biomedical researchers and their potential collaborators in the realms of diagnostics, therapeutics, devices, and healthcare IT.

With the ultimate goal of impacting patient health, we help faculty researchers navigate the commercialization process via education, mentoring, and funding resources such as Kickstart and MTRAC, as well as personalized consultation services. We invite you to browse our portfolio of successful projects and faculty innovators.

Schedule an Idea Consultation

An Idea Consultation is your chance to meet with an FFMI commercialization expert to explore how your research can translate out of the university, onto a successful path to commercialization, and eventually impact patients. It's never to soon to get started! CLICK HERE or call 734-615-5060 today.

Explore Our Programs

commercialization education

Training and CME

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 →


Business Development

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 →


Friday, October 09, 2015 to Friday, November 06, 2015
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

NCRC - Building 10, G063/G064

Do you have an idea for a medical device, healthcare IT application/software, therapeutic, or diagnostic?  Are you unsure on what to do next?  The ETD Course is the most efficient way to get your idea off the ground and plugged into a network of medical innovation experts.  Review the course details and apply for the upcoming cohort today - space is limited!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Seminar Rooms, BSRB

Do you have an idea for a medical device?  This informal and interactive educational session is designed to highlight the stages of the medical device development process, share details on resources, and help push forward existing concepts.

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