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February 26, 2019
Training & Events
Wednesday, February 27
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brehm Center for Diabetes
1000 Wall Street
Brehm Tower, 5th floor, Cure Room
Tuesday, March 19
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pizza House
618 Church Street
Funding
High-Tech Projects Awarded $2.5 Million in Funding by U-M MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub´╗┐
The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization for Life Sciences (MTRAC) Innovation Hub recently held its Oversight Committee meeting and selected 12 projects for funding from a competitive field that included teams from Michigan State, Spectrum Health Innovations, Wayne State University, Beaumont, and the University of Michigan.
Commercialization Education
Sign Up Today for the FFMI fast PACE 4-Week Course for Early-Stage Projects
Do you have an innovative idea? Are you looking for funding, collaboration, and mentorship? The 10th cohort of the FFMI fast PACE course kicks off on March 15, 2019. The 4-week course is designed to equip biomedical faculty and researchers with the knowledge and tools to navigate the initial process of commercialization.
New Innovation Program for Frankel Cardiovascular Center
The Aikens Innovation Academy is a new program designed to create, nurture, and support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through education and mentorship customized for Frankel Cardiovascular Center faculty, staff, and trainees (individuals and teams are encouraged to apply).
Biotech Career Development Program
The Biotech Career Development Program is a structured program provided by FFMI, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, and the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies to educate, train, and provide career exposure to many aspects of biotechnology outside of the traditional academic tenure-track faculty position.

The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, February 28.
We are currently accepting applications from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists from life science programs.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence Now Accepting Applications
The application to join the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Path of Excellence 2019 cohort of students is now available. This will be the 6th cohort of students to join the I&E path since 2015.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, March 11.

In addition to students, we are always looking for faculty mentors to get involved with our path. CLICK HERE to learn more about faculty participation.
MI-Pitch Club Offers Unique Networking Opportunity
MI-Pitch Club is a social event where multidisciplinary students and professionals come together to solve real medical problems and compete for prizes. Attendees are welcome to bring their own pitch ideas and receive feedback from our judging panel. The winning person/team will earn a prize and the possibility to work with the sponsoring department to implement their innovation idea.

The next MI-Pitch Club event is
Tuesday, March 19
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pizza House
618 Church Street
Business Development
Rare Disease Day Celebration: Bridging Health and Social Care
The University of Michigan Medical School and Lipodystrophy United are collaborating to present Rare Disease Day Celebration 2019: Bridging Health and Social Care.

Patients and researchers will have a chance to connect and obtain a better perspective of the current state of care delivery for lipodystrophy and other rare diseases, as well as gain an understanding of the burden of disease from the patient perspective.

Wednesday, February 27
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brehm Center for Diabetes
1000 Wall Street
Brehm Tower, 5th floor, Cure Room

The event is supported by FFMI, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, M-Diabetes, MEND, and Lipodystrophy United.
FFMI Follow-Up
MTRAC Award-Winning Team Raises $2.5M, Plans to Work with Pharma Customers
Genomenon, a 2014 MTRAC award-winner, has raised $2.5 million in what the company calls a "seed extension" round. Mike Klein, Genomenon CEO, says the company will use the new capital to beef up commercial development, sales, and marketing. It also plans to add at least three employees, bringing its headcount to approximately 20 by the end of the year.
Our Collaborators
U-M Tech Transfer
MEDC
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 Medical School 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.