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 →


Wednesday, October 29, 2014
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Kahn Auditorium, BSRB

This FREE half-day workshop will help attendees learn practical and conceptual processes of developing renewal and resubmission NIH grant applications, and re-examine how proposals are reviewed at NIH. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Research Auditorium, Bldg 10, NCRC

Part of the NCRC EXPO and hosted by the Medical School Office of Research, this seminar will feature recent success stories from ULAM's early, translational research service: the In-Vivo Animal Core (IVAC). Come and discover the many ways that ULAM supports your research from concept to conclusion with specialized veterinary, husbandry, and research services. 

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Research Auditorium, Bldg 10, NCRC

Part of the NCRC EXPO and hosted by the Medical School Office of Research, this seminar will feature a case study of the work of Dr. Matthias Kretzler. It's your chance to learn more about the Central Biorepository, which provides an accredited, standardized, safe, and monitored environment for the processing, storage, and distribution of biospecimens.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Research Auditorium, Building 10, NCRC

Part of the NCRC EXPO and hosted by the Medical School Office of Research, this seminar will feature James Cavalcoli, Ph.D., Director, Bioinformatics Core, and Robert Lyons, Ph.D., Director, DNA Sequencing Core.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Research Auditorium, Bldg 10, NCRC

Part of the NCRC Expo and hosted by the Medical School Office of Research, this seminar will showcase the clinical research activities of Dr. Peter Higgins, which are supported in part through data provided by the Honest Broker Office (HBO).

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center

Join Senior Associate Dean for Research Steven Kunkel as he reflects on the year's accomplishments, and discusses plans for the future transformation the U-M's clinical trial enterprise.

Monday, November 10, 2014
7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Seminar Rooms A & B, Biomedical Science Research Building

Learn how to develop a persuasive grant proposal that is responsive to sponsor priorities.

Monday, November 10, 2014 to Friday, November 21, 2014
8:30 am to 2:00 pm

The class will take place in Room 2578 MSRB II.
Morning Sessions Begin at 8:30 a.m.
Afternoon Sessions Begin at 2:00 p.m.

Join the Transgenic Animal Model Core to learn how to perform every method that the Core uses to manipulate genes in ES cells for the production of gene-targeted mice.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

#4515, BSRB

Campus innovators are creating new technologies, yet many struggle to present their ideas in a way that compels potential funders to collaborate. Hosted by the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team, this workshop will help you navigate around the five most common mistakes on the path to technology commercialization.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center

Join the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team as they welcome Uday Kumar, M.D. from Stanford Biodesign and Third Rock Ventures, a ground-breaking cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist taking innovation to the world stage through biodesign. Box lunch provided.