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April 10, 2019
Training & Events
Monday, April 29
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), Bldg. 10
Research Auditorium
Tuesday, April 30
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pizza House
618 Church Street
Monday, May 6
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), Bldg. 10
Research Auditorium
Thursday, May 23
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB),
Seminar Rooms ABC
Brad Martin, Ph.D., Named New FFMI Managing Director
FFMI is excited to share that Brad Martin, Ph.D., has accepted the role of Managing Director for Fast Forward Medical Innovation.

Brad Martin has been a valuable member of the FFMI team, joining shortly after its inception with his most current role being Senior Commercialization Director for the program. Prior to joining FFMI, Brad spent over two decades in the biomedical entrepreneurial ecosystem, with stints at Esperion Therapeutics and Aastrom Biosciences, as well as serving as a Mentor-in-Residence for U-M's Technology Transfer Office. From 2013-2017, Brad was on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Oakland County Medical Main Street Program, and he is currently a member of the BioArbor Advisory Board.

Brad has deep roots in Michigan - he grew up in Saginaw, earned both his masters and Ph.D. in physiology here at the U-M, and his family currently resides in Pinkney. He and his wife, Kathy, have season tickets on the 30-yard line for U-M football games, and they never miss a home home.

Congratulations, Brad!
2019 MedHealth Summit on April 18
The annual MedHealth Summit is an opportunity for healthcare organizations, innovators, research institutions, and investors from Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario to participate in custom-matched, one-on-one meetings and educational programming in order to help catalyze partnerships and support the growth of healthcare innovation businesses.

MedHealth Summit
Tuesday, April 18, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Hall of Legends at Ford Field

Brad Martin, Ph.D., FFMI Managing Director, will be moderating a panel discussion, "The Secret Sauce to Successful Pilots: Critical Lessons from Entrepreneurs and Healthcare Organizations."
Cheers to the Latest Mi-Kickstart Awardees
FFMI recently announced the latest awardees for the Mi-Kickstart early-stage funding program.

The new Mi-Kickstart teams are:
John Charpie, M.D., Ph.D.
U-M - Pediatric Cardiology
Ultrasound Detectable Endotracheal Tube

Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Ph.D., M.S.E.
U-M - Chemical Engineering
Development of Degradable Microparticles for Treatment of ALI/ARDS

Erik Martinez-Hackert, Ph.D.
Michigan State University - Biochemistry
Novel Treatment for Preventing Muscle Atrophy and Fatty Infiltration After Rotator Cuff Injury

Eric Van Middendorp, M.S.E.
Spectrum Health Innovations
Dynamic Tension Shoulder Brace

FFMI is now accepting proposals for the next round of
Mi-Kickstart Applications, due Wednesday, May 1.
May 15 Biomedical Innovation Cup
Join Fast Forward Medical Innovation and guest host, Kelly B. Sexton, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research - Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships, for this annual event that helps prepare a select group of MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub teams for launch to market. The teams will take the stage to pitch their innovations to the "sharks" of the investment world at the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium.

Wednesday, May 15
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Marriott Eagle Crest, Auditorium 2
1275 South Huron Street

Following the Biomedical Innovation Cup competition, there will be a poster showcase highlighting early-stage biomedical research projects from across the state of Michigan.
Commercialization Education
FFMI in 10th Cohort of Groundbreaking Innovation Educational Program, FFMI fast PACE
In March, the FFMI Commercialization Education department launched its 10th cohort and fifth year of the FFMI fast PACE four-week program that provides a real-world learning experience for researchers exploring the commercial viability of a biomedical technology. The course shows clinician-researchers and biomedical research scientists how to successfully put their ideas on viable paths to commercialization through a process of accelerated business planning and customer discovery.
Path of Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Welcomes New Students
The Path of Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (PoE) is excited to welcome 16 new first-year medical students from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds into the path.

"This is a great group of students who have varied interests in innovation and entrepreneurship," said Mark Cohen, M.D., FACS, Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology; Director of Medical School Path of Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Director, Endocrine Surgery Research; Director, Michigan Surgical Innovation Prize Fund. "Several of the students already have a capstone project in mind. We look forward to offering unique educational opportunities that will help them develop into physician-innovators who will have significant impact on the future of patient care."

Questions? Contact Candice Stegink, Program Coordinator, at or 734-615-7476.
MI-Pitch Club Offers Unique Learning Opportunity
More than fifty people attended the March MI-Pitch Club, where five groups participated in the monthly pitch competition that brings multidisciplinary students and faculty together to solve real medical problems and compete for prizes. At this latest event, the groups were challenged to design a device to help patients with limited dexterity to eat independently.

The next MI-Pitch Club event is
Tuesday, April 30
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pizza House
618 Church Street
Food & non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Cash bar.
New! The Design Challenge Competition will begin at 5:00pm.
Out & About with FFMI
FFMI is excited to welcome Jaclyn George, our new Administrative Specialist Associate Health. Jackie has worked for U-M since 2014, most recently as an Administrative Supervisor at U-M Canton Health Center. She brings over 10 years of administrative experience to her position with FFMI.

Jackie attends Eastern Michigan University, where she is working on a Bachelors in English, Literature, and Writing, with a minor in Psychology.

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and two children, Austin (2) and Rylie (6).
Hirak Parikh, M.S., Ph.D., U-M Monroe-Brown Biomedical Seed Fund Manager, has had an exciting month. A couple weeks ago, Hirak passed the test and became an official U.S. citizen!

Hirak also became a Michigan Venture Capital Association Venture Fellow, embarking on a role as a venture partner at Augment Ventures. The Venture Fellows Program, supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is designed to increase the number of venture professionals in Michigan to accelerate the fundraising and deployment of capital into early-stage companies.

Congratulations, Hirak!
To celebrate launching the 10th cohort (five years!) of our FFMI fastPACE 4-week hybrid course for early-stage projects, we we hosted a special tacos and donuts party for our cross-campus partners like Tech Transfer, MICHR, and the CFE.
Visha Krishnan, Ph.D., FFMI Senior Business Analyst, was a panelist for the Entrepreneurship session at the Ph.D. Connections Career Conference on April 5. The one-day career conference is designed to support doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in their exploration of career paths beyond academe.
FFMI Follow-Up
Get the Latest News on Project Teams Who Received FFMI Funding, Training, and Support
MTRAC award winner Susan Shore, Ph.D., and her team are the winners of the STAT Madness competition with their work on a possible therapy for tinnitus. STAT Madness is a science competition modeled on college basketball's March Madness playoffs. 64 contenders were in the running, and the winner was determined through bracket-style voting by the public.

Congratulations, Susan and team!
MTRAC award winner, Fifth Eye, Inc., recently received an $11.5 million Series A investment for its technology that predicts if a patient will become unstable hours before traditional vital signs.

Fifth Eye, Inc., a Michigan Medicine spinoff medical device software company started in 2017, received the investment to support research, development, and commercialization of the company's first product: the Analytic for Hemodynamic Instability (AHI).

AHI is based on technologies developed at the University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care.
MTRAC award winner, Albert Shih, M.S., Ph.D., and his lab are back-to-back winners of the Michigan Business Challenge for two years in a row.

The Michigan Business Challenge is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $100,000, gain feedback from leaders in the business community, and expand their business network.
Bulletin Board
New Database Helps Researchers Find a Michigan Research Core Across Campus
The University of Michigan's Biosciences Initiative and Medical School Office of Research have partnered to create Michigan Research Cores - a powerful, searchable database with information on research cores across campus.

The University is full of rich core resources, but they are often challenging to find. The new Michigan Research Cores web portal enables researchers to easily find and identify the location and capabilities of 70 research cores across campus.

Cores are centralized facilities or labs that offer services, equipment, resources, and expertise on a recharge basis to scientific researchers. The directory continues to incorporate even more cores as the website expands in functionality and content. Visit the website to search for a core, to learn how U-M researchers are using core facilities, or to register your core.
Apply Today for Michigan Drug Discovery Early-Stage Grants
Michigan Drug Discovery is currently accepting grant proposals for early-stage drug discovery projects in all therapeutic areas. For this round, the grant cap has been increased to $75,000. The expectation is that most of the awarded funds will be used in U-M core laboratories to accelerate the drug discovery process. Up to $5,000 of the award can be used for work and supplies outside of the pre-approved cores. The deadline for pre-submission meetings is April 12, 2019.
Our Collaborators
U-M Tech Transfer
To better navigate the complexities of the U-M biomedical research enterprise, visit the Research Project Lifecycle . This interactive tool provides an overview of the resources available to you, not only within the Medical School Office of Research but also across the University of Michigan.
Fast Forward Medical Innovation is part of the Office of Research, where our mission is to foster an environment of innovation and efficiency that serves the U-M Medical School community and supports biomedical science from insight to impact.