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. LEARN MORE about our research faculty who are breaking new ground in commercialization.

Explore Our Programs

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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 →

   

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 →

Events

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

NCRC – Building 10, South Atrium

What does a Non-Disclosure Agreement protect?  When should a Non-Disclosure Agreement be in place?  Who can help with a Non-Disclosure Agreement?  Join us as we reveal the secrets of a Non-Disclosure Agreement and help Principal Investigators manage important conversations with potential partners.   

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

NCRC - Building 10, South Atrium

Many early stage technologies face a significant funding gap when trying to commercialize.  This gap, known as the “Valley of Death,” presents a serious threat to the success of any venture.  Attend “Bridging the Valley of Death: Funding to Help You Cross” and learn how to bridge the gap and identify resources to help you cross.    

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Circle Drive in front of Med Sci I

Join the Medical School Office of Research during the annual Ice Cream Social, with 50+ exhibitors from labs and offices of the Medical School and across campus. 

Friday, September 05, 2014 to Friday, October 03, 2014
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

NCRC - Building 10: Two Live Events

Online: Three Webinars

 

A FREE educational program designed to foster, grow, and nurture the U-M biomedical innovation ecosystem.  Fast Forward Medical Innovation has partnered with the U-M Center for Entrepreneurship and U-M Tech Transfer to create an opportunity for U-M faculty to translate their early stage ideas into something of impact. 

  

Monday, September 08, 2014
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Seminar Rooms, Biomedical Science Research Building

Have you ever wondered how to navigate the complexities of the research enterprise at the University of Michigan?  Here is your opportunity to hear from leaders from various research offices and how they can help you find your way along your research project route map.