University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research's Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) group recently announced a new class of Faculty Champions including Neurosurgery's own Dr. Daniel Orringer. Dr. Orringer will act as the medical device specialist. Faculty Champions work closely with Executive Director Kevin Ward, M.D. and the FFMI team to create strategies for driving innovation and commercialization at the Medical School. Each vertical market’s Medical School Faculty Champion will eventually be paired with a non-Medical School faculty, establishing a co-champion approach and ensuring connectivity and collaboration with our innovation colleagues across campus.
More about about this group (source):
Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI), part of the U-M Medical School's Strategic Research Initiative, nurtures commercialization and entrepreneurship at the Medical School and beyond. [They] are a unit of the UMMS Office of Research and led by Executive Director Kevin Ward, M.D., and our Faculty Champions. FFMI brings together organizations across campus and:
- Provides a “front door” for accessing U-M’s rich environment for biomedical innovation for both internal and external partners and stakeholders.
- Pushes innovations out of the Medical School research enterprise onto a viable commercial path.
- Pulls innovations into the research enterprise to incubate, co-develop with partners, and drive new product development opportunities.
- Creates a virtual cycle to engage faculty and students, making commercialization and entrepreneurship a natural academic behavior.
Fast Forward Medical Innovation offers a holistic approach to biomedical innovation for both faculty researchers and potential external partners to help discoveries make the transition to the clinic and beyond, with the ultimate goal of positively impacting human health. LEARN MORE about [their] research faculty who are breaking new ground in commercialization.
Congratulations to Dr. Orringer!