February 15, 2018
Upcoming Events :
Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup 
February 20, 2018
U-M Law School
Hutchins Hall,
Room 120
Attendees interested in entrepreneurship can attend the Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup and hear pitches from five Michigan-based startup founders. Each founder worked with Fast Forward Medical Innovation.

After an introduction and FFMI overview by Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., FFMI Faculty Champion, each presenter will take the stage for ten minutes (five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions), followed by open announcements and community networking. Participants include: Invenio Imaging, MyVoice, PRIORI, Karmanos, and Medkairos

After the pitches at 8:00pm, attendees are invited to come to Pizza House for further networking.

CLICK HERE to register.
Medical Device Development: Bench to IRB
February 21, 2018
BSRB, Seminar Rooms 
Faculty, students, staff, and biomedical innovators are invited to hear Gene Parunak, Managing Director, in2being, LLC, discuss the nuts and bolts of medical device development. This event is part of our approved CME series.


The CME event is open to all U-M faculty, staff, and students. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The speaker, Gene Parunak, has no commercial relationship relevant to this presentation. Dr. Kevin Ward, the faculty planner, has no commercial relationship relative to this activity.

Experiencing the Clinical Trials Transformation

February 28, 2018
Med Sci I,
Rm. M5330
Refreshments provided

This event will also be web conferenced via BlueJeans. CLICK HERE for more details.
Faculty, researchers, and study coordinators are invited to join the Clinical Trials Support Office for a panel discussion featuring Dr. Peter Higgins and Project Manager, Kay Sauder, as they discuss their experiences with the new clinical trials support system. The panel will be moderated by Connie Chang, M.B.A., Managing Director of Fast Forward Medical Innovation. 

In addition, Anna Lok, M.D., Assistant Dean for Clinical Research, will talk about the latest news from the Clinical Trials Support Office.

CLICK HERE for more details and to RSVP.
Congratulations 2018 Mi-TRAC Awardees
11 projects selected for funding from a competitive field

The University of Michigan MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub recently held its Oversight Committee meeting to determine the 2018  Mi-TRAC mid-stage funding awardees. The Innovation Hub is a statewide program co-managed by FFMI and U-M Tech Transfer that supports translational research projects in life sciences with high commercial potential.

At the meeting, 12 finalists from the University of Michigan, Beaumont, Michigan Tech, and Spectrum Health presented proof-of-concept projects to the Oversight Committee, which is comprised of global biotech business experts and U-M leaders in translational science and tech transfer. The following teams were selected for funding:

Principal Investigator
Proposal Title
Edward Castillo, Ph.D.
Beaumont - Radiation Oncology
Detecting Pulmonary Embolism from Non-Contrast Computed Tomography
Alexis Donneys, M.D., M.S.
U-M - Plastic Surgery
Smart Software for the Microscopic Video Surveillance System
Mike Holinstat, Ph.D.
U-M - Pharmacology
Analogs of ML355 for Inhibition of 12-LOX In Vivo Resulting in Prevention of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia and Thrombosis
Jennifer Kaiser, R.N.
Spectrum Health - Nursing
Female External Urinary Collection Device ("uCol")
Dan Orringer, M.D.
U-M - Neurosurgery
Automated Brain Tumor Diagnosis Using Convolutional Neural Networks
Howard Petty, Ph.D.
U-M - Ophthalmology
Improving Ocular Cancer Therapy with Semiconducting Nanoparticles
Jeff Sakamoto, Ph.D.
U-M - Mechanical Engineering
Customer Validation and Regulatory Pathway of Nerve Guidance Scaffold Technology
Susan Shore, Ph.D.
U-M - Otolaryngology
Reversing Synchronized Circuitry to Treat Tinnitus in Humans
Kathleen Sienko, Ph.D.
U-M - Mechanical Engineering
SubQ Assist: Commercialization of a Task-Shifting Device for the Insertion of Subcutaneous Contraceptive Implants
Yoke Khin Yap, Ph.D.
Michigan Tech - Physics
Synthesis and Characterization of High-Brightness Red Fluorophores
David Zopf, M.D.
U-M - Otolaryngology
FerroForm: Magnetic, 3D Printed Ear Splint to Treat Congenital Ear Deformity

CLICK HERE to read more about the MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub and this year's awardees.

Questions about Mi-TRAC? Contact Brad Martin, MTRAC for Life Sciences Commercialization Program Director, at bradmart@umich.edu or 734-936-8577.
Sign Up Today for FFMI fastPACE 
Courses start March 2018

Do you have an innovative idea? Are you looking for funding, collaboration, and mentorship? FFMI is launching the 8th cohort of the FFMI fastPACE course on March 16, 2018. To date, 135 project teams have completed this 4-week biomedical commercialization course designed to equip biomedical faculty and researchers with the knowledge and tools to navigate the initial process of commercialization.

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. 

For more information, visit the FFMI fastPACE website  or email ffmioffice@umich.edu
New! Biotech Career Exploration Program
Program offers career exploration, skill building, and experiential learning

Fast Forward Medical Innovation, together with the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) and the UMMS Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, are offering the Biotech Career Exploration program for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists from life science programs. 

Biotech Career Exploration is designed to educate, train, and provide career exposure to many aspects of biotechnology outside of the traditional academic tenure-track faculty position through panels, workshops, and seminars, as well as an opportunity for extended learning and additional skill building through experiential learning. 

The application deadline is February 19, 2018.
CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.
U-M GI Innovation Fund RFP Available
Proposal submissions due March 30

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

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.

Proposal submission deadline is March 30, 2018

There are two tiers of funding available. Tier I Awards will be in the range of $25K-$50K and fund projects that address a discrete milestone that is critical to the advancement of research to the point of product development. Tier II Awards will be $75K-$100K and fund projects with specific milestones for proof-of-concept and later-stage translational studies (ranges are estimates and actual funding levels will be project-specific).

CLICK HERE for the Tier I Award RFP.
CLICK HERE for the Tier II Award RFP.

Questions? Email Visha Krishnan, FFMI Senior Business Analyst, or call 734-764-2891.
Latest News from Project Teams Who Received FFMI Funding, Training, and Support

MTRAC award winner, Genomenon, is featured in a blog post on the enlightenbio website .  

Biomedical startup, Parabricks, recently received $100K in funding from the Monroe-Brown Seed Fund. The company has received previous funding through MTRAC-Transportation. 

Six of the 2018 Mi-TRAC awardees are previous
Mi-Kickstart award winners.

Path of Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship student, Graham Ives, is featured in the latest Student Spotlight on the Path of Excellence web page.
Funding Opportunity: Traumatic Brain Injury
Register today!

The Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) will host its 2018 Massey TBI 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 $650,000 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 time frame can determine patient survival and have a significant effect on long-term function and disability.

Friday, March 2, 2018
Palmer Commons
4th Floor, Great Lakes North and South
CLICK HERE to register

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

For more information and key dates, please visit masseygrandchallenge.com

Questions, please contact mcircc-catalyst@umich.edu
In Other News

CNN's medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, M.D., and his wife, Rebecca, will team up with U-M to host the Gupta Family Hackathon for Health Communication on March 23-25. The event centers around innovation and is aimed at generating new ideas and tools to improve health communication. It will include more than 200 students and professionals from the worlds of health, digital technology, design, communication, and information science. CLICK HERE to learn more and apply. 
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