February 9, 2017
Upcoming Events :
FFMI firstPACE Market Sizing and Segmentation

February 15, 2017
Kellogg Eye Center, Oliphant Auditorium 
Innovators and entrepreneurs will learn how to pinpoint target customers, measure ideal customer market size, and discover how to interest multiple customer segments. This event is free and open to the public.
Design Thinking: A Human-Centered Approach to Solving Problems

February 16, 2017
North Quad,
Rm. 2435
105 S. State St.
Students, staff, or faculty interested in the design thinking method for solving problems can attend this interactive workshop co-sponsored by FFMI and healthdesignby.us, that will take participants through a full cycle of the human-centered design process (empathy, define, ideate prototype, test) to discuss and create solutions for healthcare, wellness, and disease management. The event will be presented by Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H. (Doctor as Designer) and Nancy Benovich Gilby, B.S.E., M.S.E., Ehrenberg Professor of Entrepreneurship at the School of Information. This event is part of our approved CME series.
CLICK HERE to register. 
FFMI firstPACE Product Planning Milestones

February 22, 2017 
Kellogg Eye Center, Oliphant Auditorium

Attendees will focus on the importance of product planning and developing a business plan. This event is free and open to the public.

February 27, 2017
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room
Researchers working in the GI or other related fields can attend the kickoff event for the U-M Fast Forward GI Innovation Fund. The 3-year, $500K fund, supported by a generous donation from U-M alumna Mary Petrovich, targets discovery and development of future technologies to help patients suffering from gastrointestinal disease. Tom Shehab, M.D., Managing Director, Arboretum Ventures, will deliver a keynote address and there will be a panel discussion with past awardees. CLICK HERE to RSVP. 

March 1, 2017
Kellogg Eye Center, Oliphant Auditorium 
Attendees will get a deeper understanding of what encompasses a patent and the important details of when and how an idea is protected. This event is free and open to the public.
FFMI first PACE BioArbor - Creating A Purposeful Culture

March 8, 2017
Menlo Innovations
McKinley Towne Center
505 E. Liberty St.
Lower Level
Suite 500

Researchers and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to hear from an expert panel about the culture and values of a startup. Panelists include: Janet Pinkerton Dombrowski, Founder & President, JCD Advisors; Mark Forchette, President & CEO, Delphinus Medical Technologies; and Richard Sheridan, CEO & Chief Story Teller, Menlo InnovationsCLICK HERE to register. 
FFMI fastPACE Kickoff

March 10, 2017
NCRC G063/64

Clinicians and researchers with an early-stage biomedical innovation or idea can apply for this 4-week course that blends in-person and online education to help faculty researchers and clinicians prepare a successful business case for funding and development partnerships. CLICK HERE to register. 
U-M Fast Forward GI Innovation Fund Kickoff & Request for Proposals
$500K fund for potential commercialization 

Are you a researcher working in the GI or other related fields and interested in innovation and commercialization? 

Join the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team as they kick off the latest round of this $500,000+ funding program targeting discovery and development of future technologies to help patients suffering from gastrointestinal disease. 

The U-M Fast Forward Gastrointestinal (GI) Innovation Fund is a three-year, $500,000+ fund supported by a donation from entrepreneur alumna Mary Petrovich and matched by the U-M Medical School's Department of Internal Medicine and its Division of Gastroenterology, as well as the College of Engineering, where Ms. Petrovich received her undergraduate degree.

Monday, February 27
Great Lakes Room, Palmer Commons

Clinicians and researchers should consider attending this kickoff if you are...
  • working on technology that could have potential applications in the GI field and are interested in innovation and commercialization
  • looking for new ideas in the GI field or want to learn about critical and unmet clinical needs in the GI field
  • looking for collaboration opportunities to refine and develop your idea/invention
  • looking for resources to develop your idea/invention
1:00pm     Ideation Session & Refreshments
1:30pm     Keynote Address & Panel Discussion with Past Awardees
2:00pm     Idea Refinement, Collaboration, & Proposal Preparation


Keynote Address:

"A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on Innovation, Current Trends, and Unmet Clinical Needs in Gastroenterology"

Tom Shehab, M.D.

Managing Director, Arboretum Ventures


In addition to Dr. Shehab's address, at this session you'll have the chance to meet past awardees:

  • Shali Govani, M.D.
  • Alex Johnson-Buck, Ph.D.
  • Muneesh Tewari, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Akbar Waljee, M.D.
  • Nils Walter, Ph.D.
  • Thomas Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Their past successful applications have included small molecule inhibitors and therapeutics; minimally invasive therapeutic and diagnostic devices; imaging systems, tools, and software; diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers; drug delivery systems; non-invasive and analytical methods, tools, and software for diagnosis; and disease management software and solutions.


Don't miss this opportunity to learn more, connect with potential collaborators, and learn about possible resources. Questions? Email Visha Krishnan, FFMI Senior Business Analyst, or call 734-764-2891.

Sign Up for the FFMI fastPACE Course
4-week course targets early-stage projects 

Do you have an innovative idea? Are you looking for funding, collaboration, and mentorship? FFMI fastPACE, formerly the Early Tech Development Course, is launching its 6th cohort starting March 10. To date, 71 project teams have completed this 4-week biomedical commercialization course, featured in the Journal of Academic Medicine, that is designed for the busy medical academician, with an early-stage project. 

During the course, teams work with experienced mentors to share and review projects, provide constructive feedback, and offer peer support. FFMI fastPACE is  tailored to accommodate your busy schedule, blending in-person and online education to help faculty researchers and clinicians prepare a successful business case for funding and development partnerships. 

Friday, March 10

In addition, FFMI can partner you with medical students who are part of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence and eager to assist in project development and expand their exposure to up-and-coming innovations. 
Interested in bringing FFMI fastPACE to your institution? The FFMI Education Partnership Program now offers a "Train the Trainer" component that gives you information and tools to customize the program to your institution's specific needs. 

For more information, visit the FFMI fastPACE webpage or contact Jon Servoss, Commercialization Education Program Manager, at servossj@umich.edu or 734-764-2692 or Grace Murphy, Commercialization Education Program Coordinator, at gramurph@umich.edu or 734-818-7582.
Check Out the New FFMI Website
Improved Resources for Collaboration & Education

We are excited to share our new website!  Of particular interest are the educational opportunities available through our  Program Accelerating Commercialization Education (PACE)

Biomedical researchers at all levels can explore our various offerings, including the upcoming  FFMI fastPACE course (formerly known as the Early Tech Development Course) that kicks off on March 10. This 4-week course focuses on early-stage projects and blends in-person and online education to help participants prepare a successful business case for funding and development partnerships. 

Whether you're a faculty member, postdoc, student, or industry partner, we invite you to  look through the new website and discover the ways that FFMI can help you find your path to groundbreaking innovation and commercialization success. 
BioMed Innovation Office Hours 
Consultations provide research and innovation support

In collaboration with the Zell Lurie Institute and the U-M Office of Tech Transfer, FFMI has launched BioMed Innovation Office Hours, which offer unique counsel to students, faculty, and other innovators around the U-M campus.

Office hours provide advice and guidance for a wide range of challenges, including startup challenges, early tech development, strategizing business plans, intellectual property issues, and other related entrepreneurial concerns. 

Sessions run every every 30 minutes on Fridays  from 1:00pm-3:00pm in 6412 Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL). Please note, the room is subject to change. 

Interested in signing up? CLICK HERE to schedule a time.
Funding Opportunity: Traumatic Brain Injury
Register Today!

The Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) will host its third Grand Challenge, thanks to the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation. 

The Massey TBI Grand Challenge will fund integrated science teams that can develop and deliver innovative solutions to improve patient outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

Up to $600,000 is available to fund the development of diagnostic, device, therapeutic, or health IT solutions that address the initial "golden hours" of care after severe TBI (generally the first 48 hours). Treatment administered during this critical timeframe can determine patient survival and have a significant effect on long-term function and disability.

Massey TBI Grand Challenge
February 17, 2017
North Campus Research Complex
Building 18, Dining Hall
CLICK HERE to register

To be considered for funding, you must attend the Grand Challenge event.

If you have any questions, please contact masseygrandchallenge@umich.edu

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