October 2016
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Upcoming Events
Alternative Research Funding: Partnering With Industry 

October 21, 2016
Taubman Health Sciences Library, Rm. 5000
Free Lunch

Led by the FFMI Business Development Team, the seminar will provide investigators with the insight of how companies approach a deal and what they can expect from industry partners, including examples of how deals are made. This course offers one CME credit.
Early Tech Development (ETD) Course 
October 21, 2016 
Faculty in the Week 2 Session will review and discuss regulatory considerations. 
Massey Regional TBI Conference

October 24, 2016
Great Lakes Room, Palmer Commons
Lunch and Refreshments Provided
Faculty and researchers can attend this one-day conference, sponsored by the U-M Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care, which will explore the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of traumatic brain injury through lectures, a poster session, and scientific presentations from funded Massey TBI Grand Challenge teams. RSVP today!
Great Lakes Biorepository Research Network GLBRN Meeting

October 28, 2016
NCRC Dining Hall
Faculty and researchers can attend the third annual GLBRN meeting, where Dr. Kristin Ardlie, from the Broad Institute and Harvard, will give the keynote address "The Genotype-Tissue Expression Project: Unleashing the Potential of a Multi-Individual, Multi-Tissue Sample Collection." Additional expert speakers include researchers from Wayne State, Michigan State, the Van Andel Research Institute, and more.
Early Tech Development (ETD) Course 

October 28, 2016

Faculty in the Week 3 Session will focus on reimbursement and revenue. 

MedHealth Summit Information Session
November 1, 2016
Bldg. 20, Rm.1122
Researchers interested in submitting innovative technologies for consideration at the February Summit should attend this session. See article below for details.
Early Tech Development (ETD) Course

November 4, 2016
Taubman Health Sciences Library
Faculty in the Final Session will present their pitches to the class and judges.
"AMA" (Ask Me Anything) with Jason Mendelson at SPARK Central

Nov. 10, 2016
Ann Arbor SPARK
330 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI
Faculty and researchers have the opportunity to meet Jason Mendelson, co-founder of early-stage venture capital firm Foundry Group in Boulder. Jason will be answering questions and discussing his experiences in the business world. 
Kickstart Awards Now Called Mi-Kickstart - Proposals Due November 1
Early-stage funding awards rebranded as proposal deadline approaches

As part of the new U-M MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub, Kickstart early-stage funding awards will now be called Mi-Kickstart. The Mi-Kickstart awards offer funding in the $25K-$30K range for preliminary studies or development activities that will lead to products with applications in health care - note that all budgets will require a 50% cost share from the investigator/institution. The awards are given quarterly, with proposals due November 1, February 1, May 1, and August 1 of each year. Questions? Contact Nick DeHaan at nmdehaan@umich.edu or (734) 764-5598.
Early Tech Development Course In Full Swing 
One-of-a-kind program aims to help researchers develop ideas

FFMI recently kicked off the latest  Early Tech Development Course, with 20 teams participating in this session. The 4-week course is designed to equip biomedical faculty and researchers at U-M with the knowledge and tools to navigate the initial process of innovation and commercialization. 
In addition, FFMI can partner you with medical students who are part of the  Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence and eager to assist in project development and expand their exposure to up-and-coming innovations. This session's cohort includes 23 medical students from the Path of Excellence. 

"I've really enjoyed participating in the Early Tech Development Course," says Taylor Novice, Medical Student. "The course is a great way to make valuable contacts in the field, as well as get hands-on experience and valuable exposure to a number of aspects of this career choice. Overall, I feel that it's an excellent introduction to exploring and understanding how innovation and entrepreneurship play a role in health care." 

During the ETD course, teams work with experienced mentors to share and review projects, provide constructive feedback, and offer peer support.  Using a technique called Customer Discovery, teams conduct experiments and collect evidence on their technology's clinical utility, key partners, intellectual property, regulatory pathways, revenue model, and more.

For more information, contact   Jon Servoss or visit our  website.
Surgery Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Program Wraps Up With "Shark Tank" Style Contest 
Surgery projects highlighted at event finale 

On Thursday, October 6, FFMI wrapped up the Surgery Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Program with a "Shark Tank" event at the Surgery Ground Rounds. Teams presented their final project output to a panel of experts for feedback. 

Congratulations to Michael Sabel, M.D. for winning first place with his  Breast Cancer Ally project - a mobile app for improved cancer management.

The Surgery Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Program is a 9-month program that provides surgical faculty with practical experience using individual projects and department-sponsored initiatives as platforms to teach the processes of innovation and early-stage commercialization. 

"The inaugural Surgery Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Program (SIEDP) was a huge success," says Mark Cohen, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology, Director of Endocrine Surgery Research, Director of the Medical School Pathway of Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. "The teams gained valuable hands-on experience and learned real-life strategies and tactics to further advance their projects towards commercialization. We look forward to continuing to expand the reach of this program to benefit research and commercialization at the University of Michigan."

"We're thrilled with the outcome of the SIEDP," says Kevin Ward., M.D., Executive Director, Fast Forward Medical Innovation. "We believe that one of the major products produced by FFMI is the next generation of innovators. That's as important as the innovation itself." 

Contact  Jon Servoss, FFMI Commercialization Program Manager, for more information on FFMI's Education and Commercialization Education offerings.
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 Medical School research faculty 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 MTRAC or other research funding programs.

The new Mi-Kickstart teams are:
Ashootosh Tripathi, Ph.D., & Harry Mobley, Ph.D.
"Ribsome Engineering for Improved Production of Novel Antibiotics against Uropathogenic E. coli"

Shuichi Takayama, Ph.D. &  Jason Knight, M.D.
"Bioengineered NETs Diagnostic for Lupus Flares"
Save the Date! MedHealth Summit for SE Michigan and SW Ontario Takes Place February 22, 2017 
Information sessions to be held October 28, November 1, and November 2  

The MedHealth Summit will bring together health care organizations and innovators to catalyze the development of solutions and adoption of technologies that use health IT, digital platforms, and medical devices to solve key health care challenges in Southwest Michigan and Southwest Ontario. The summit will serve as a platform for collaborative innovation, providing a myriad of opportunities for networking and education about the medical device and digital health innovation in our region.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
TechTown Detroit
440 Burroughs St. 

Be Part of the MedHealth Challenge at the Summit
The MedHealth Challenge is seeking innovators to address challenges in health care by submitting medical device and digital health solutions to help consumers, caregivers, providers, and supporting institutions know more about their health, driving appropriate utilization and improved health care options. 

Respondents will participate along two tracks:
  • Early-Stage Companies: Early-stage companies will compete for cash and in-kind prizes, and finalists will be selected to participate in the MedHealth Challenge Pitch Session during the MedHealth Summit.
  • Market-Ready Companies: Market-read companies will apply to participate in the MedHealth Challenge Pilot Program. Finalists will have the opportunity to discuss their concepts with health care organizations in 1:1 matchmaking sessions during the MedHealth Summit, then potentially partner with health care organizations to pilot their concepts.
Applications will be accepted from November 7, 2016 - January 6, 2017

Information sessions are occurring around the region to prep for the MedHealth Summit and will be held at the following locations and dates:

University of Windsor - Friday, October 28
University of Michigan - Tuesday, November 1
Oakland University, INC - Wednesday, November 2

Visit the website to learn more about the MedHealth Challenge, RSVP for an information session, or fill out an application. 
Kudos to Kate Fitzgerald, M.D.

FFMI would like to congratulate Kate Fitzgerald, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, for winning the 2016 IMHRO/AIM Sullivan Family Foundation Rising Star Research Award

Dr. Fitzgerald is a graduate of the Early Tech Development Course and received Mi-Kickstart funding for her work to identify the markers to diagnose and monitor effectiveness of therapy for anxiety in children. 
Celebrate Invention 2016
U-M applauds innovative projects at annual Tech Transfer event

On Tuesday, October 4, the U-M Office of Technology Transfer hosted its annual "Celebrate Invention" reception in the Michigan League Ballroom. Attendees mingled with old and new friends from the University and from our industry, venture, and community partners. 

Guests had the opportunity to see some of the exciting discoveries, products, and new ventures from across campus and engage in discussions with the U-M inventors and entrepreneurs who contributed through their participation in invention, patenting, and licensing activities. U-M Medical School had 154 new inventions in FY16. 

The group gathered in the Michigan League Ballroom to learn more about our latest innovative projects, including these from U-M Medical School:
  • GENOMENON, a genome interpretation software from Mark Kiel, M.D., Ph.D., Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, M.D., and Megan Lim, M.D., Ph.D.
  • PRIORI (pictured at the event above), mobile technology that records and securely transfers speaker audio captured from a smartphone and analyzes acoustic features to identify elements associated with and predictive of mood states and impending changes
  • Brio Device, a series of INTuitive, INTelligent INTubation airway devices for the OR, ICU, ER, and EMS
Have a Great Biomedical Innovation That Could Improve Patient Care?
Coulter Program announces 2017 Call for Proposals

The U-M Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program "Coulter Program" is pleased to announce the 2017 Call for Proposals. Proposals will be accepted beginning November 1, 2016. The deadline for proposal submission is February 3, 2017

The Coulter Program funds collaborative translational research projects between Engineering and Clinical faculty co-investigators. The goal of the program is to accelerate development and commercialization of new medical devices, diagnostics, and other biomedical products that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in healthcare. Coulter funding (typically $100,000 range for 1 year) does not require a departmental funding match or cost-sharing of salaries.
Coulter Program 2017 Call for Proposals
Proposal Submission Begins:
Tuesday, November 1

Proposal Deadline: 
Friday, February 3, 2017

Distinctive aspects of the Coulter Program include business assessment work that dovetails with technical milestones for each project. Specific benefits to each project include:
* New product planning support
* Business development support
* Market research
* Regulatory guidance
* Follow-on funding guidance
* Mentorship from the Oversight Committee
* The C3i Commercialization Planning Program
CLICK HERE for more information or download Coulter proposal instructions and application forms here.

Questions? Contact Thomas Marten, Coulter Program Director, at tmarten@umich.edu or (734) 647-1680.
New Leadership at the Comprehensive Cancer Center 
Dr. Eric Fearon, M.D., Ph.D., Named Director

Eric Fearon, M.D., Ph.D. , has been named director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Fearon, the Emanuel N. Maisel Professor of Oncology, is a nationally-recognized investigator in cancer genetics. His research has led to a greater understanding of gene defects that cause colon and rectal cancer to develop and spread.

"Our Cancer Center has a history of success with many exciting recent and ongoing initiatives," says Dr. Fearon. "I am honored to have the opportunity to continue moving us forward."

In addition to Dr. Fearon's appointment, four new leaders were also named last month.
  • Pavan Reddy, M.D., Deputy Director
  • Alnawaz Rehemtulla, Ph.D., Associate Director for Shared Resources
  • Anne Schott, M.D., Associate Director for Clinical Research
  • Stephen J. Weiss, M.D., Associate Director for Basic Science Research
For more information about Dr. Fearon's appointment, read the full announcement.

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