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

commercialization education

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 →


Thursday, September 04, 2014
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Medical Science 2: Room NLH-3695

Unfortunately, TreeStar, Inc. and the Flow Core have had to cancel training at this time. We will announce future training opportunities for FlowJo in the fall.

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

Do you have an idea that can positively impact patient care?  Are you looking for guidance on how to further develop that idea?  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.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Research Auditorium, NCRC Building 10

Postdocs are invited to learn valuable tips and tricks on how to package themselves effectively and apply for a job in industry at this event hosted by the Medical School Office of Research as part of National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Great Lakes Room South, Palmer Commons

Postdocs are invited to learn the basics of good grantsmanship at this event hosted by the Medical School Office of Research as part of National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Boardroom 5, Palmer Commons

Postdocs are invited to learn about the many programs and services available through MICHR to assist with their research at this event hosted by the Medical School Office of Research as part of National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week.

Friday, September 19, 2014
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Room M3330, Med Sci I Building

Join the Biomedical Research Core Facilities for a breakfast session on the technical applications of CRISPR in the laboratory and design workshop.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

 Free Webinar

Fast Forward Medical Innovation at the University of Michigan Medical School focuses on nurturing commercialization and entrepreneurship.  Join us for a FREE webinar from 2 – 3 pm EST on October 7, 2014 to learn more about Fast Forward Medical Innovation and how YOU can get involved.

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.