July 19, 2018
Upcoming Events :
Commercialization of Life Science Technologies: A 3-Part Webinar Series 
Webinar #3- Milestones & Timelines for Digital Health Technologies
August 15, 2018
RSVP for Webinar

Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to sign up for the final webinar of this 3-part webinar series that highlights the specific timelines and milestones required for therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, and health IT development, and define the life cycle of biomedical technologies. CLICK HERE for more information and to register. 

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 speakers, Michelle Larkin, Sara Johnson, and Drew Bennett, have no commercial relationship relevant to this presentation. Dr. Kevin Ward, the faculty planner, has no commercial relationship relevant to this activity.
August 8, 2018
Circle Drive in front of Med Sci I

Researchers, students, faculty, and more can join the FFMI team at Researchpalooza, a fun event that spotlights the labs and offices here to serve you at U-M. We'll be at tables #88-89 on "Innovation Alley." Stop by to talk to us about U-M's wide variety of biomedical commercialization programs and funding opportunities.
Exploring the Singularity in Healthcare: Digital Innovation for Impact 

October 18, 2018
BSRB Khan Auditorium and ABC Seminar Rooms

Networking mixer to follow

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. CLICK HERE to learn more and RSVP.
Business Development:
U-M Enters Research Collaboration to Study Inflammatory Bowel Disease
FFMI facilitates research partnership

A new research partnership between U-M and scientific wellness company Arivale aims to understand the genetic risk factors of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a chronic condition affecting 1.6 million people in the U.S.

Approximately 70,000 new cases of IBD are diagnosed in the U.S. each year and includes those with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. These chronic, lifelong conditions can be treated but not cured, pointing to the need for more research.

The partnership, facilitated by Fast Forward Medical Innovation at the U-M Medical School, will use phenotypes available in the Arivale database to inform the development of potential lifestyle and pharmaceutical therapies for the condition.

CLICK HERE to read the full article. 
Innovation Navigator Funding Opportunities:
U-M Therapeutic Innovation Fund RFP - 
Up to $150K to Support Drug Discovery

The U-M Therapeutic Innovation Fund, offered by the Michigan Center for Therapeutic Innovation (MCTI) and Fast Forward Medical Innovation, is a five-year, $2.5 million fund created in 2016 to accelerate the discovery and translation of therapeutic candidates at the University of Michigan. 

The fund supports the discovery and optimization of small molecule lead compounds for projects with a specific, novel, and testable drug discovery hypothesis. Selected projects receive funding and resources to support medicinal chemistry efforts through MCTI and funding for drug design, assay development, cell biology, structural biology, and pharmacology (up to $150,000 in value for each award for a period of 18 months with the funds being disbursed in two stages). The fund is jointly administered by MCTI and FFMI.

The submission deadline is Friday, July 27, 2018, at 5:00pm. CLICK HERE for more information.
Cheers to the Latest Mi-Kickstart Awardees -
Next Round of Mi-Kickstart Proposals Due August 1
Early-stage funding for biomedical innovation

Fast Forward Medical Innovation is accepting proposals for the Mi-Kickstart early-stage funding program.  

Mi-Kickstart awards, made possible by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, MTRAC 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:

Aloke Dutta, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Wayne State University
"Novel Neuroprotective Agents Against Parkinson's Disease"
Thomas Gardner, M.D., M.S.Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Michigan Medicine
University of Michigan
"Oculomics: Data-driven Drug Development"

Khurshid Ghani, M.B., B.Ch.Associate Professor, Urology
Michigan Medicine
University of Michigan
"UroSuction Scope: Ureteroscope that Reduces Pressure Build-up During Kidney Stone Removal"

Hitinder S. Gurm, M.D.Professor, Internal Medicine
Michigan Medicine
University of Michigan
"Harmonic Balloon Angioplasty - Plaque-Buster"

Mohammadreza Nasiriavanaki, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering & School of Medicine
Wayne State University
"SMART-OCT to Assist the Diagnosis of Melanoma"
Fast Forward Medical Innovation is now accepting proposals
for the next round of Mi-Kickstart 
Applications due Wednesday, August 1
Questions? Contact:
Michelle Larkin, Biomedical Innovation Specialist
Sara Johnson, Biomedical Innovation Specialist
Next Round for Mi-TRAC for Life Sciences Proposals Due September 24
Mid-stage funding for biomedical innovation

Mohamad Hakam Tiba, M.D., Year 1 MTRAC award winner
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. We're excited to kick off the third year of this statewide research innovation and commercialization program with the recent renewal of funding from the MEDC.

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.

Proposals due Monday, September 24

Questions? Contact Bradley Martin, Ph.D., Sr. Director of Commercialization Programs, at bradmart@umich.edu or 734-936-8577.
Latest News from Project Teams Who Received FFMI Funding, Training, and Support

Mi-TRAC Awardee and Monroe-Brown Seed Fund recipient, Genomenon, hosted their first Ask Me Anything (AMA) on a 15 million subscriber subreddit called r/askscience on Thursday, June 21. People were able to ask questions to Genomenon's leadership team on genomics and what the future holds for Next-Generation Sequencing. ( Team members from Genomenon will be at Researchpalooza on August 8, joining us right across the aisle on Innovation Alley at table #87.)
Commercialization Education:
Sign Up Today for FFMI fast PACE and 
FFMI fastPACE Train-the-Trainer
Courses start September 2018

Do you have an innovative idea? Are you looking for funding, collaboration, and mentorship? FFMI is launching the 9th cohort of the FFMI fastPACE course 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 the FFMI fastPACE course, FFMI, in partnership with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), is offering the Fall 2018 FFMI fastPACE Train-the-Trainer program. Piloted March of 2017, FFMI fastPACE Train-the-Trainer 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. 

For more information, visit the FFMI fastPACE website, the FFMI fastPACE Train-the-Trainer website, or email ffmioffice@umich.edu
On the Road with FFMI

Connie Chang, M.B.A.. FFMI Interim Executive Director, attended the Michigan Venture Capital Association 12 at 12 event about pathways to success for University spin-out companies. Hosted by Dr. Tom Shehab, Managing Director at Arboretum Ventures and Chairman of MVCA, the purpose of the 12 at 12 event series is to gather experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders to share their perspectives on a key point of interest impacting the entrepreneurial and investment community.

Brad Martin, Ph.D., Senior Director of Commercialization Programs, and Michelle Larkin, M.S.E., Biomedical Innovation Specialist, served as judges at the 2018 Massey TBI Grand Challenge Wolverine Den administered by MCIRCC/Emergency Medicine.

Debra Grega, M.B.A., Ph.D., Business Development Director, traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden for t he Renal Pre-Competitive Consortium (RPC2). The RPC2, comprised of the University of Michigan and four pharmaceutical companies, met to discuss experiments and
-omics data. In its third year, the goal for RPC2 continues to be the identification of biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets for chronic renal disease.

Najoua Elbourkadi, Ph.D., Associate Director for Business Development, represented FFMI as part of a two-day international symposium on lipodystrophy, co-hosted by FFMI and U-M's Dr. Elif Oral, M.D., M.S., U-M Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes.

FFMI was part of a group invited and convened by the New Economy Initiative (NEI) and the William Davidson Foundation to discuss the innovation and entrepreneurial assets in the region.
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