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 →
 

 

innovation navigator

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, December 10, 2014
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

G063 & G064, Bldg 10, NCRC

What is needed before engaging with industry? How do you protect your idea?  What do industry reps want to hear? Join the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team as we welcome GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Terumo, and other experts to discuss best practices for presenting your innovative idea to industry.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Medical Science Building 1, Room M3330

Familiarize yourself with one of the top software packages for analyzing flow cytometry data at the FlowJo training seminar.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

FREE WEBINAR

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, January 07, 2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am

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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB), Room #5515

With a focus on new drug development, healthcare IT, and medical devices, our experts will host an interactive discussion on strategies to maximize protection of research discoveries.