Fast Forward Medical Innovation

Fast Forward Medical Innovation is a unit of the UMMS Office of Research and part of the U-M 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.

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 →


Thursday, April 09, 2015
11:30 am to 4:30 pm

NCRC - Building 10, G063/G064

The Research Commercialization Roundtable is designed for university PIs, post-docs, and graduate students who want to commercialize their research and take the steps toward launching a new venture.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Seminar Rooms, BSRB

Join the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team and faculty experts for an ideation session that will help researchers jumpstart MCubed project ideas in a variety of hot-topic areas like personalized medicine, eldercare, obesity, and more!

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Friday, May 29, 2015
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

NCRC, Building 10 - G063/G064

Early Tech Development (ETD) is a 4-week course designed to equip biomedical faculty and researchers at U-M with the knowledge and tools to navigate the initial process of innovation and commercialization. 

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