January 24, 2019
Upcoming Events :
Medical School Research Administration Fellowship

Open House Dates
January 29, 2019
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)
Building 520,
Rm. 1122

January 31, 2019
Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL)
Rm. 2955
Ph.D., graduate, or current postdoctoral trainees in a biomedical or life science-related field at U-M can attend one of two open houses to learn about a new postdoctoral training opportunity from the Medical School Office of Research and the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. The program will prepare fellows for a successful career in biomedical research administration.

Questions? Contact Jon Servoss, M.Ed., or Shoba Subramanian, Ph.D.
Leading the Charge Clinical Trials Research Spotlight

February 11, 2019
Danto Auditorium, CVC

Refreshments will be provided.


Research faculty and study coordinators who attend this panel discussion will get the answers to common industry-sponsored trial questions.

The panel includes Steven Pipe, M.D., who will discuss how he maximized the resources within the Clinical Trials Support Office, and Nick Harris, CCRC, Clinical Research Project Manager - CTSU, who worked closely with Dr. Pipe's team. The discussion will be led by, and include, Mike Ranella, M.B.A., M.P.H., Business Development Associate Director - Fast Forward Medical Innovation, who will share his expertise in working with industry. 

Contact ctsomarketing@umich.edu.
CLICK HERE to view the 2018 FFMI Impact Report
FFMI 2018 Impact Report

Happy New Year! 2018 was another productive year for the Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) team as we created, refined, and provided resources to help researchers develop the next generation of biomedical innovations. We invite you to CLICK HERE to browse our fiscal year 2018 metrics.
The Medical School received $102.8 million in industry sponsored awards and 235 invention reports, and we are thrilled to play a part in making the University of Michigan the #1 public university in research spending in the United States in 2018.
"FFMI serves as an entry point for accessing and utilizing the rich biomedical innovation ecosystem at the University of Michigan for our faculty, trainees, and students, as well as external partners from industry and other sectors," notes Steve Kunkel, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research and Interim Chief Scientific Officer.
We're looking forward to an exciting 2019, and the opportunity to continue building our educational programs and initiatives, expanding our funding opportunities, and strengthening our industry partnerships in order to support biomedical researchers as they navigate the commercialization pathway, with the ultimate goal of improved patient care.
Cheers to the Latest Mi-Kickstart Awardees 
Next round of applications due February 1

FFMI recently announced the latest awardees for the Mi-Kickstart early-stage funding program. 

Mi-Kickstart awards, made possible by the  Michigan Economic Development CorporationMTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub, the  U-M Medical School Office of Research, and the  Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, offer early-stage funding to biomedical researchers across the state of Michigan. This award is aimed to enhance the commercial potential of a technology owned by any Michigan-based non-profit to the point of demonstration of utility and possible inclusion in  Mi-TRAC or other research funding programs.

The new Mi-Kickstart teams are:
Yoshihisa Morita, M.D., Department of Anesthesiology
Henry Ford Health System
Newly designed transesophageal echocardiography probe cover to improve image quality

Kamal Sarabandi, M.S., Ph.D., Director of the Radiation Laboratory and the Rufus S. Teesdale endowed Professor of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Michigan
Wireless hip stability test device

Fast Forward Medical Innovation is now accepting proposals
for the next round of Mi-Kickstart
Applications due Friday, February 1
Questions? Contact Sara Johnson, Ph.D., Biomedical Innovation Specialist,
Sign Up Today for FFMI fastPACE
Courses start March 2019

Do you have an innovative idea? Are you looking for funding, collaboration, and mentorship? The 10th cohort of the FFMI fastPACE 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.

Questions? Visit the FFMI fastPACE website or contact Grace Murphy at 734-615-8977 or gramurph@umich.edu.
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). A collaboration between the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and Fast Forward Medical Innovation, the Academy is designed to support both clinical value and entrepreneurial innovations.

March 12 - May 14, 2019
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Optional lectures will be available on Wednesdays (March 13 - May 1, 2019 from 5:30-7:30). These lectures will also be available online. If enrollment necessitates, some teams will be required to attend four workshops on Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays. 

Interested? CLICK HERE to learn more, or contact Meghan Cuddihy at 734-615-9904 or mcuddihy@umich.edu
Monroe-Brown Seed Fund Receives EDA Grant

The Monroe-Brown Seed Fund  (MBSF), a collaborative effort between FFMI, the U-M Office of Technology Transfer, and the 
U-M College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship , recently received a $300,000 Seed Fund Support Program grant as part of the Economic Development Administration's (EDA)  Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program . The grant provides funding to build upon MBSF's early momentum by: expanding capacity to source new early-stage investment opportunities and conduct due diligence on potential companies; augmenting resources to mentor portfolio companies and support follow-on funding efforts; and growing connections and collaboration with regional seed funds and national investor networks to enable portfolio companies to successfully raise the next stage of capital. The fund anticipates raising an additional $7-10M of seed capital, and making investments in 25 companies over the next five years.
Introducing Our Newest Staff Member

The FFMI team is excited to welcome Candice Stegink, our new Path of Excellence/FFMI Commercialization Education Coordinator. She  works with medical students in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence (POE).  Before joining POE/FFMI, Candice most recently managed all continuing education and professional development programs for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She has worked in higher education since 2011 and is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and aspirations.

Candice earned her B.S. in Public Relations and M.A. in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.

Welcome, Candice!
In Other News

Mcubed, U-M's collaborative research funding program, is accepting cube requests for the current funding round until Wednesday, January 30, at noon.

The UM Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program is pleased to announce the 2019 Call for Proposals . The Coulter Program funds collaborative translational research projects between Engineering and Clinical faculty co-investigators, with the goal of accelerating development and commercialization of new medical devices, diagnostics, and other medical product concepts that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in healthcare. The deadline for proposal submissions is February 4, 2019. Coulter funding does not require a departmental funding match.  CLICK HERE   for more details.

The Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care 2019 Grand Challenge Kickoff event is February 22, 2019. A generous gift from the Joyce and  Don Massey Family Foundation is funding the development of solutions to address severe traumatic brain injury. The keynote speaker is Rockefeller Oteng, M.D., Assistant Professor, 
U-M Emergency Medicine. Bring your innovative ideas or come to be inspired!  CLICK HERE 
to learn more.

The Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Ag & Bio is currently accepting proposals for projects with a high potential of commercialization success in the area of Ag & Bio technology.  Proposals are due Thursday, February 21, 2019. The program is jointly funded by Michigan State University and the State of Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund, received through the Michigan Strategic Fund, and administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Interested? Contact Kevin McCurren, Program Director, at mccurren@msu.edu or Weian Ou, Program Assistant, at ouweian@msu.edu

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