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 →


Wednesday, March 04, 2015
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm



Alice v. CLS Bank, a recent Supreme Court case, has had a significant impact on patent eligible subject matter in the software field.  The decision has led to a lot of confusion and changes in best practice for protecting computer-implemented applications.  Discover the truth behind the case and hear from our experts on how to protect your invention.    

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB) #5515

Setting and accomplishing milestones is very important when commercializing a technology; however, equally important is the incorporation of feedback received from experts outside of the university.  Join us as we welcome Melda Uzbil, from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to discuss strategies used to engage those experts and how adapting to change can determine success.

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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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