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June 20, 2017
Upcoming Events :
EVENT   DATE WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Therapeutic Innovation: From Idea to IND 
Tuesday,
August 1
3:00pm-5:00pm
BSRB Seminar Rooms ABC

RSVP coming soon! 
Researchers working in the drug development field can attend this FREE event where the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team, along with U-M research support service representatives, give an overview of the drug development process, as well as the resources, points of contact, and services available to therapeutic researchers at U-M.
Researchpalooza 
Wednesday, August 16
11:00am-2:00pm
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.

The entire FFMI team will be available to talk to you about U-M's wide variety of biomedical commercialization progams and funding opportunities, including information on the next round of MTRAC RFPs.

CLICK HERE for more information.  
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Smartphone Device That Can Diagnose Diabetic Eye Disease Wins Biomedical Innovation Cup 
U-M physician-researcher Tyson Kim, M.D., Ph.D., and collaborator Alex Butterwick, Ph.D., nab top prize at shark-tank style event 

2017 Winner, Tyson Kim, M.D., Ph.D., receives the Biomedical Innovation Cup from host, Paul Riser, M.B.A.
A smartphone device that screens for diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of preventable blindness among Americans, was chosen by a panel of investors as the winning project at Fast Forward Medical Innovation's 2017 Biomedical Innovation Cup on May 17. The annual pitch was held in conjunction with the premier venture event, the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

The RetinaScope, a compact, handheld device that produces wide-angle retinal images similar to those obtained with tabletop retinal cameras, took the top prize at the standing-room only event, beating out other top-notch innovation projects from a group of life science clinicians and researchers of the University of Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) for Life Sciences Program.  

CLICK HERE to read the full article. 
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Cheers to the Latest Mi-Kickstart Awardees
Award for developing early proof of concept

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

Mi-Kickstart Awards, made possible by the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization for Life Sciences Innovation Hub, the William Davidson Foundation, and the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, enable biomedical researchers across the state to develop proof of concept for innovative technologies. This award is aimed to enhance the commercial potential of a technology to the point of translation and possible inclusion in Mi-TRAC or other research funding programs. 

The new Mi-Kickstart teams are:
Ruthann Nichols, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Michigan
"Novel Agent to Improve Cardiac Performance"

Gus Rosania, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
University of Michigan
"Drug Repurposing for Gouty Arthritis"
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Therapeutic Innovation: From Idea to IND
Event spotlights therapeutic innovation and resources at U-M

Are you a researcher working in the drug development field and interested in innovation and commercialization? Are you looking for new ideas and want to learn more about therapeutic development? Or do you have an idea and are interested in collaboration opportunities and resources?

Join the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team and guest host Mike Holinstat, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology, along with
U-M research support service representatives, as they give an overview of the drug development process, as well as the resources points of contact, and services available to therapeutic researchers at U-M. FFMI is partnering with the Michigan Center for Therapeutic Innovation and the Center for the Discovery of New Medicines to present this event. 

Tuesday, August 1
3:00pm-5:00pm
BSRB Seminar Rooms ABC
Refreshments will be served
RSVP link coming soon!

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On the Road with FFMI

FFMI Managing Director Connie Chang, M.B.A., represented the Medical School as part of a U-M group who traveled to Duke University to attend the Precision Medicine World Conference.  

Brad Martin, Ph.D., MTRAC for Life Sciences Commercialization Program Director, and Michelle Larkin, MSE, MTRAC Tech Mining Specialist, participated as panelists in the "Wolverine Den" for the Massey TBI Grand Challenge Pitch Day on Monday, May 22. Ten teams competed for funding to advance the development of their solutions for TBI patients. 

Hirak Parikh, Ph.D., Program Manager of the  Monroe-Brown Seed Fund, facilitated the Healthcare/IT session at the 2017 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium.

Margarita Sifuentes, Ph.D., Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence Coordinator/FFMI Education Coordinator, traveled to Lowell, MA, to attend the Deshpande Symposium where Mark Cohen, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology, director of Endocrine Surgery Research, Director of the Medical School Path of Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was recognized for his work with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence.
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Latest News from Project Teams Who Received FFMI Funding, Training, and Support

MTRAC award-winning team forms company
MTRAC award winners Muneesh Tewari, M.D., Ph.D., Nils G. Walter, Ph.D., and Alexander Johnson-Buck, Ph.D., recently formed Alight Sciences, LLC, a biotech company that is developing a platform technology based on single molecule counting of biomarkers for molecular diagnostics and research. David Olson, Ph.D., successful life science entrepreneur, Mentor-In-Residence at the U-M Tech Transfer Venture Center and lead instructor for the FFMI fullPACE course, is the CEO. 

Dr. Tewari and Dr. Walter are also U-M Fast Forward GI Innovation Fund and Kickstart award winners. Dr. Tewari and Dr. Johnson-Buck have both participated in the FFMI fastPACE course. 

Research Fellow on Kickstart team wins coveted NIH training award
Sardar Ansari, Ph.D., a research fellow at U-M Emergency Medicine Department and a member of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC), was awarded a National Institute of Health's Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP) training award. The topic is the Kickstart award-winning project "Dynamic Arterial Morphology Analysis for Prediction of Intradialytic Hypotension" that he is working on with Kenn Oldham, Ph.D., and Kayvan Najarian, Ph.D. 

The PTSP is designed to prepare individuals for independent careers in translational research, and the award provides trainees with an $85,000 career development award to be used over two years. 

Path of Excellence student project selected for competition s
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence student Michael Moore and his project team have been selected to participate in the Accelerating Startup Partnership and Investment Readiness (ASPIRE) program in Detroit this summer. The team was also selected as a semi-finalist for the 43North business competition based out of Buffalo, NY.
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Monroe-Brown Seed Fund Celebrates A Successful First Year 
Six companies receive funding during fund's kickoff year

The Monroe-Brown Seed Fund, a collaboration between FFMI and the College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship, is celebrating its one-year anniversary as a funding vehicle designed to advance the process of transitioning commercially viable biomedical and healthcare products to market. 

With a $3 million gift from the Monroe Brown Foundation, the Monroe-Brown Seed Fund awards seed money to biomedical startup companies with U-M-licensed technology in the domain of therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, or health IT. During this first year, six companies were funded.  These companies are:
For more information on the Monroe-Brown Seed Fund, contact Hirak Parikh or visit the website
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$58 Million Awarded to U-M
FFMI education partner receives largest single federal research grant in the Medical School's history

Participants in the FFMI and MICHR collaborative Train-the-Trainer Course
Congratulations to the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), one of FFMI's close collaborators, which recently received a $58 million grant from the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program. The grant provides for an up-to-five-year new dose of funding. 

MICHR serves health researchers from 170 units in 20 schools, colleges, and institutes across all three U-M campuses in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint, and provides services to educate, fund, connect, and support them. 

FFMI and MICHR share a long-standing partnership and have worked together on training and educational programs that help life science researchers successfully advance their projects. This funding will allow them to strengthen their partnership and enhance the U-M research infrastructure. In addition to supporting U-M staff and faculty, FFMI and MICHR teamed up earlier this year to offer the groundbreaking FFMI  fastPACE Train-the-Trainer Course for Biomedical Research Commercialization and Innovation to institutions across the country. Representatives from nine CTSA organizations traveled to Ann Arbor to learn how to introduce the FFMI fastPACE program to their campuses. 

To learn more about the MICHR's research grant, read the full announcement or visit MICHR.
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Mark Cohen, M.D., Receives Recognition as a Finalist at the Deshpande Symposium Awards  
FFMI-supported Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence spotlighted at prestigious event

Mark Cohen, M.D. and
Margarita Sifuentes, Ph.D.
Congratulations to MTRAC funding award winner Mark Cohen, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology, Director of Endocrine Surgery Research, Director of the Medical School Path of Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, for being selected as one of the top three finalists for the  Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education at the Deshpande Symposium Awards last week in Lowell, MA.  U-M Medical School was one of three finalists for the  Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship Award

Dr. Cohen presented a poster that focused on the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence. Supported in part by FFMI, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence gives medical students a unique insight into the rapidly expanding culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in biomedical research and medicine. Dr. Cohen is working closely with FFMI and Margarita Sifuentes, Ph.D., Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence Coordinator/FFMI Education Coordinator, to develop and refine the program. 
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Leo Li Joins FFMI for Impact Semester

We're excited to welcome Leo Li, a  M4 Med Student and  Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence (PoE) participant who is joining FFMI  for his Impact Semester. The Impact Semester provides students with a chance to get in-depth experience in an area of interest. He  will be applying to the field of anesthesiology.

Leo is working closely with Hirak Parikh on due diligence and analysis for the Monroe-Brown Seed Fund. He is also working with Margarita Sifuentes on programming for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence (PoE), including setting up internships for PoE students with outside institutions in Ann Arbor and helping develop a clinical needs database to connect faculty, students, and organizations.
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Innovation Mixer for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence Students
Fun event gives students a chance to network and highlight their projects

On Saturday, May 20, Mark Cohen, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology, Director of Endocrine Surgery Research, Director of the Medical School Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence, hosted the inaugural Innovation Mixer to celebrate all medical students in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence (PoE), as well as their capstone mentors and innovation contacts throughout the U-M entrepreneurship ecosystem. More than 40 people attended the event, including FFMI Faculty Champion Mike Holinstat, Ph.D., Pharmacology, and David Olson, B.S., Ph.D., Mentor-in-Residence, U-M Tech Transfer. 

The event gave students the opportunity to showcase their projects and practice innovative thinking and problem solving through activities such as Innovation Networking, Egg-cellent Design Thinking, and a Surgical Health Care Challenge and Pitch.  
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Massey TBI Grand Challenge Comes to a Close with Wolverine Den 
7 teams receive funding from Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care traumatic brain injury funding competition

After a successful Massey TBI Grand Challenge kick-off event in February, the competition came to a close last month with Wolverine Den (MCIRCC's version of Shark Tank). Seven teams were awarded funding thanks to the generous gift from the Joyce and Don Massey Family Foundation.

Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30 percent of all injury deaths. At the same time, current diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment strategies for TBI are primitive, largely supportive in nature, and are ineffective at reducing the extent of the injury.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.
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Michigan's University Research Corridor Conducts $1.2 Billion in Life, Medical, Health Science Research

Michigan's University Research Corridor (URC) conducted $1.2 billion in research and development in the health sciences sector and has proven to be a key source of talent, deliverer of care, and economic driver in Michigan, according to a new report released on June 1, 2017.

The report discusses the importance of the life, medical, and health sciences to Michigan, and the direct impact URC research and discoveries have on people's lives.

For more information, read the full announcement
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