August 16, 2018
Upcoming Events :
Exploring the Singularity in Healthcare: Digital Innovation for Impact

October 18, 2018
BSRB Khan Auditorium and ABC Seminar Rooms

Faculty, staff, students, and biomedical innovators working on digital health technologies and those interested in learning about the health IT system and collaboration opportunities, can attend this half-day symposium, hosted by Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., Robert Kelch Professor of Pediatrics, FFMI Health IT Faculty Champion, that focuses on the growing and inevitable intersection of technology and healthcare. As part of the event, a Digital Health Showcase will feature poster presentations and networking. Posters are due September 5. CLICK HERE to learn more and RSVP.
Funding Your Biomedical Innovation: An SBIR/STTR Primer & Proposal Training Program
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 
Time and locationTBD
(Program open to the public)

U-M researchers and interested participants can attend this series designed to enhance the competitiveness of SBIR/STTR proposals among researchers. It will cover SBIR/STTR basics, including program purpose, eligibility, sources of funding, and tools for proposal development.  

The series is a collaborative initiative by FFMI, the U-M Office of Tech Transfer Venture Center, and BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting. For more information, email ffmioffice@umich.edu.

Innovation Navigator Funding Opportunities:
Next Round for Mi-TRAC for Life Sciences Proposals Due September 24
Mid-stage funding for biomedical innovation

Have a hot concept in the realm of biomedical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, or digital health/IT that would be a great candidate for commercialization?

Mi-TRAC Awards are part of the MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub. Made possible by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and co-managed by FFMI and the U-M Office of Technology Transfer, the awards provide mid-stage, translational research funding and resources for proof-of-concept and late-stage translational studies with a high potential of commercial success. 

Proposals due Monday, September 24

Innovators from all schools at the University of Michigan, other institutions of higher education, non-profit research centers, and hospital systems across Michigan are eligible to submit projects for funding consideration. 

Questions? Contact Bradley Martin, Ph.D., Sr. Director of Commercialization Programs, at bradmart@umich.edu or 734-936-8577.
Commercialization Education
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FFMI fastPACE Train-the-Trainer 
Courses start September 2018 

Do you have an innovative idea? Are you looking for funding, collaboration, and mentorship? The 9th cohort of the FFMI fastPACE course kicks off on September 21, 2018. The 4-week course is designed to equip biomedical faculty and researchers with the knowledge and tools to navigate the initial process of commercialization

In parallel with FFMI fastPACE, FFMI, in partnership with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, is offering the Fall 2018 FFMI fastPACE Train-the-Trainer program. This unique program offers outside institutions the opportunity to observe our experts and biomedical research teams to learn how to launch the acclaimed FFMI fastPACE course at their home institutions.

Enrollment Open for Biomedical Innovation & Entrepreneurship Courses 
Courses run Fall 2018 semester

PIBS 550 and  PIBS 750 are credit-bearing courses that cover the major concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship involved in biomedical commercialization. The courses are targeted toward graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from life science and engineering programs (undergraduates may take PIBS 550 with prior instructor approval).

Questions? Visit the  PIBS 550 website, the  PIBS 750 website, or email  ffmioffice@umich.edu.
Fast Forward Follow Up
Latest News from Project Teams Who Received FFMI Funding, Training, and Support 

Monroe-Brown Seed Fund recipient, Parabricks, received a $100K follow-on investment from the Monroe-Brown Seed Fund. The company will also receive $750K from an SBIR Phase II grant and another $125K from the Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund. Parabricks is a U-M genomics tech company that accelerates secondary analysis of whole-genomes.

Biomedical Career Exploration Program graduate, Stephanie Wernisch, was able to successfully build connections during the course's career exploration process that led to a job offer from a company in Germany. Congratulations, Stephanie!
Goooaaalll! Researchpalooza 2018 Scores Winning Marks  

Thanks to everyone for visiting FFMI at this year's Researchpalooza. The weather cooperated and the crowd came in droves to kick the soccer ball and hit a bullseye. 

Our team enjoyed meeting many faculty and staff that stopped by our booth to talk about U-M's wide variety of biomedical commercialization programs and funding opportunities designed to help "Hit Your Innovation Goal!!!"

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
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