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MAY 18, 2020
Industry Spotlight: COVID-19 Research
Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19-related research projects are at the forefront of today's U-M research mission. The FFMI Business Development (BD) team is very much a part of this effort by facilitating academic-industry partnerships and connecting our U-M faculty doing COVID-19 work with external industry partners to quickly move viable projects from lab to patient impact.

The team has been involved in developing a variety of projects, including wearable technologies, novel diagnostic testing, vaccine, and preventative medicine, to name just a few. In addition to COVID-19 research, the BD team continues to actively work with industry to foster research collaborations and relationship building across Michigan Medicine.

If you're interested in forming a partnership with U-M faculty or our industry partners in order to accelerate the development of new technologies, visit the BD Research Subject Area web page for a list of specific subject areas and BD team contact information for that topic.

Best Regards,
Bradley Martin, Ph.D.
Fast Forward Medical Innovation
There's Still Time! Frankel Innovation Initiative Accepting Proposals
The Frankel Innovation Initiative is a $20 million fund supporting the research and development of life-saving therapies at Michigan Medicine. The fund targets projects led by U-M faculty that have the potential for rapid clinical application and groundbreaking impact.

Proposals are due Monday, June 1 by 5:00pm.

COVID-19 research is very much within the scope of the Initiative's guidelines.

The $20 million gift will be used to fund five to seven projects annually, with each project receiving between $250,000 - $1 million.
Mcubed Communities Program Promotes Collaboration
Mcubed Communities is a new program that aims to stimulate large-scale team formation, allow teams to build collaborative momentum and showcase successes, and help position faculty groups to secure resources from potential unit-based or central initiatives.

Through an innovative web application, Mcubed Communities gathers and mobilizes large groups of faculty so they can work together on complex challenges.

U-M faculty from all three campuses are eligible for participation, and they can add students and staff to their communities, as well. While there is no limit on the total number of community members, each faculty member can participate in a maximum of five communities at once, with no invitations required.

Mcubed Communities puts a spotlight on the expertise and priorities of faculty at the University of Michigan. This new program will help U-M better identify its institutional strengths and achieve more readiness and coordination for strategic responses to agency calls for proposals, national emergencies, or other time-sensitive needs and opportunities.
Commercialization Education
New Value Proposition Video Helps Position Innovations for Success
Check out FFMI's new Value Proposition video that introduces you to this important tool and shows you how to effectively communicate your idea for a new biomedical innovation.

The video walks you step-by-step through this process to help you put together a value proposition that conveys what your innovation solves, for who, and why.
FFMI  fast PACE Fall Cohort Registration Available
The  FFMI  fast PACE course is a 4-week biomedical and commercialization course designed to help participants prepare a successful business case for funding and development partnerships.

Registration is now available for the Fall cohort beginning September 25. Sign up today!
Path of Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundations of Innovation Session & Upcoming Events
Last week, the Path of Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) held a virtual session where three students presented their capstone projects. Following the presentations, Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., Associate Dean for Research Information Technology, Professor of Anesthesiology, provided an overview of Precision Health at Michigan Medicine.

The M1 I&E cohort will be continuing the remainder of its Foundation of Innovation curriculum virtually. All cohorts are invited to join in our virtual path sessions. Contact your I&E advisor if you would like Zoom information.

The Perfect Pitch
Tuesday, June 2, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Learn how to develop and deliver a captivating pitch to showcase your innovation to investors or an audience

Design Thinking Pitch Competition
Wednesday, June 24, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Groups will pitch their innovation ideas in front of a virtual panel of judges.
Judges Needed! If interested, contact Candice .
Congratulations, Path of Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Students!
Congratulations to the Path of Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) program graduates! We're excited for you to begin the next steps in your careers and look forward to seeing what the future holds for you.

Below are lists of Awards & Recognitions and the Residency Matches for the I&E graduates.
Awards & Recognitions
Graduation with Distinction
Charles Hwang

Graduation with Distinction in Medical Education
Jacob Abou-Hanna
Charles Hwang

Graduation with Distinction in Research
Charles Hwang, Research Excellence Award
Stephen John
Graduation with Distinction in Service
Stephen John
Mary Oakley Strasser

Puneet "Ashu" Ailawadi Memorial Award
Stephen John
Residency Matches
Miranda Ajulufoh
Emory Univ SOM-GA,
Physical Medicine Rehabilitation

Jake Clafflin
U Michigan Hospitals-Ann Arbor,

Brent Folsom
Emory Univ SOM-GA,

Charles Hwang
Brigham & Womens Hospital-MA,
Plastic Surgery Integrated

Stephen John
U Minnesota Med School,
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics

Petrina LaFaire
Zucker SOM-Northwell NS/LIJ-NY,
Abishek Manjunathan
Northwestern Univ McGaw,

Alex Miller
Beaumont Health-MI,
Orthopedic Surgery

Juan Noda
U Michigan Hospitals-Ann Arbor,

Mary Oakley Strasser
NY Presbyterian Hosp/Cornell Med Center, Urology

Elizabeth Vanwieren
U Michigan Hospitals-Ann Arbor,
Out & About with FFMI
Sara Risch, FFMI Biomedical Innovation Specialist, and Matt Okoneski, Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund Analyst, virtually attended the 2020 Midwest Venture Showcase, a joint online company showcase presented by the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium and InvestMidwest.

The showcase began with a fireside chat moderated by David Brophy, Ph.D., Director, Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance at U-M's Ross School of Business. Drawing on observations from the 2008 financial crisis, investors offered insights for the near term investment community, including a likely increase in early stage deals, the need for cash-efficient deals and long runways, and the importance of "must have" technologies.

Genomenon, Stabilux Biosciences, and ONL Therapeutics, companies who have received MTRAC and/or Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund funding, posted pitch videos and digitally interacted with attendees over the course of the event.

In addition, three MTRAC-funded projects were highlighted during the Tech Transfer track, including Calcium Solutions (Robert Chisena, Hitinder Gurm, and Albert Shih); AutoAnesthesia (Michael Burns, John Vandervest); and Treatment of ALI/ARDS (Lola Eniola-Adefeso).
FFMI Follow-Up
Get the Latest News on Projects and Teams that Received FFMI Funding, Training, and Support
MTRAC award winners Todd Herron, Ph.D., and Jos├ę Jalife, M.D., and their company, Cartox, were recently spotlighted in an article after it was announced that StemBioSys, Inc., had acquired a majority stake in Cartox.

Cartox has developed an innovative approach to test cardiac safety of new drugs before those drugs are given to human patients in clinical trial programs. The technology was originally developed at U-M by Herron and Jalife.
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COVID-19 Well-Being Help Center
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, and learners, as well as members of the larger community, to take care of themselves.

A wealth of health and well-being resources is now available in the  COVID-19 Well-Being Help Center on the new Michigan Medicine Wellness Office website.
Internal Funding to Support COVID-19 Metabolic Research´╗┐
MDiabetes has announced a call for proposals for up to $50,000 to study the impact of COVID-19 on, and to improve the care of, those with diabetes and related disorders. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with funding available immediately.  DEADLINE: Rolling
Seeing Through Your Participant's Eyes
This 90-minute workshop, offered by the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) , uses interactive activities to give you tangible strategies for gaining insights into your study participants through human-centered design. This webinar will be offered bi-monthly on Mondays & Thursdays. Register for a specific session through Eventbrite .

Thursday, May 28
Learning Health System Collaboratory
The U-M Department of Learning Health Sciences is partnering with the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation and the Office of Research to convene the LHS Collaboratory: a hub for advancing interdisciplinary research and development of learning health systems at the University of Michigan.

Tuesday, June 2
Zoom Backgrounds for Medical School Research
During your next virtual meeting, show your pride for U-M Medical School Research with these Zoom U-M Research backgrounds! Click "Download Image" below the image you would like. Then, right-click and "save image" or drag to your desktop.
Our Collaborators
U-M Tech Transfer
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 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.