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OCTOBER 11, 2019
Cheers to the Latest Mi-Kickstart Awardees
FFMI recently announced the latest awardees for the Mi-Kickstart early-stage funding program.

The new Mi-Kickstart teams are:
Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Ph.D., M.S.E.
U-M - Chemical Engineering
Development of Bile Salt-Based Composite Microparticles for Treatment of Obesity

Salim Hayek, M.D.
U-M - Cardiology
Using a "SuPAR" Biomarker to Guide the Management of Multi-Vessel Coronary Artery Disease

Scott Hummel, M.D., M.S.
U-M - Cardiology
An Innovation to Improve Cardiovascular Care and Risk Reduction

Karen Liby, Ph.D.
Michigan State University - Pharmacology & Toxicology
Novel Nrf2 Inhibitors
FFMI is now accepting proposals for the next round of Mi-Kickstart applications, due Friday, November 1.
Join FFMI at Translational and Startup Funding Fairs on
October 22
FFMI is excited to be part of a Translational Funding Fair and a Startup Funding Fair that will be held on Tuesday, October 22, from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Michigan League, prior to the Office of Technology Transfer's annual  Celebrate Invention event.

The FFMI team will be there to talk about the groundbreaking funding programs and opportunities we offer to biomedical researchers at the University of Michigan and across the state, including  Mi-TRACMi-Kickstart, the  Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund, the  U-M Therapeutic Innovation Fund, and the  FFMI/FCVC Innovation Programs.
Commercialization Education
FFMI Offers Drug Discovery and Development Course
First-of-Its-Kind Collaboration with the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research
The Drug Discovery and Development (D3) Course is a 2-day exclusive, project-based, and computer-simulated approach to teaching drug discovery and development.

Tuesday, November 19 & Wednesday, November 20
8:00am-5:00pm (each day)
NCRC Building 10
G063/G064 (Day 1) G065 (Day 2)
Seating is Limited!

Early to mid-career faculty or principal investigators will be assigned roles on a project team and tasked with the discovery and development of new medicine. Participants must commit to the full 2-day program.
FFMI/FCVC Innovation Academy Now Accepting Applications
The FFMI/FCVC Aikens Innovation Academy is currently accepting applications/inquiries about its Winter 2020 class, which starts in January. The Aikens Innovation Academy is open to FCVC faculty, staff, and trainees with any innovation (clinical value or commercial potential) affecting cardiovascular care.

Along with the 10-week course on innovation concepts and pitch development, the Aikens Innovation Academy provides mentorship and an opportunity for early-stage development funding. Visit the  Aikens Innovation Academy course page to view the syllabus and to enroll.
FFMI fast PACE Kicks Off 11th Cohort
The 11th cohort of the FFMI fastPACE Course is in full gear with 12 project teams (3 therapeutics, 6 devices/diagnostics, 3 health IT) led by faculty from U-M, Michigan State, and Wayne State University.

This groundbreaking, four-week program provides a real-world learning experience for researchers exploring the commercial viability of a biomedical technology. The course shows clinician-researchers and biomedical research scientists how to successfully put their ideas on viable paths to commercialization through a process of accelerated business planning and customer discovery.
MI-Pitch Club Offers Unique Learning Opportunity
MI-Pitch Club is a monthly networking event and pitch competition where U-M students, faculty, and trainees from different schools and disciplines can come together and solve real medical problems and compete for prizes ($$$). Each month is sponsored by a different department or unit at Michigan Medicine or U-M. Sponsors select the medical design challenge and serve as judges for the pitch competition.

The recent October Design Challenge featured teams from the Frankel Cardiovascular Center Innovation (FCVC) Challenge. The competition focused on creating novel solutions for improving patient access at the FCVC so patients can see a provider within two weeks.

Stay tuned for more information on the next MI-Pitch Club event.
Out & About with FFMI
Michelle Larkin, Director of Commercialization Programs and Sara Risch, Biomedical Innovation Specialist, gave a presentation to faculty and staff at Michigan Technological University about funding opportunities and commercialization education offerings. It was part of an annual MEDC/MTRAC trip to MTU to discuss the five Innovation Hubs (Life Sciences, Advanced Transportation, Ag&Bio, Advanced Computing, Advanced Materials) across the state.
Kudos to FFMI's very own Candice Stegink, Path of Excellence/FFMI Commercialization Education Coordinator, who received a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mini Grant for funding to run a workshop geared toward
Social Entrepreneurship for the Path of Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship students. The workshop will feature a keynote speaker, Ted London, Ph.D., from the Ross School of Business. Following the keynote, there will be a design challenge with a social entrepreneurship focus and prizes for the winner.

Congratulations, Candice!
FFMI Follow-Up
Get the Latest News on Projects and Teams that Received FFMI Funding, Training, and Support
ONL Therapeutics, Inc., a Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund portfolio company, develops novel therapies for protecting the vision of patients with retinal disease. The company recently announced the initiation of its First-in-Human trial with its lead drug candidate ONL 1204 in clinical research centers in Sydney and Melbourne. The study will assess four different doses of ONL 1204 and is designed to demonstrate safety and tolerability of the investigational drug in patients with a macula-off rhegmatogenous retinal detachment.
Genomenon, a Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund portfolio company, helps doctors diagnose and cure cancer patients and find appropriate therapies for babies with rare diseases by finding connections between patient DNA and published research. Their flagship product, the Mastermind Genomic Search Engine, is used by hundreds of genetic labs worldwide to accelerate diagnosis, increase diagnostic yield, and assure repeatability in reporting genetic testing results. Genomenon announced partnerships with Congenic a, a software platform tool designed to aid physicians with analysis and interpretation of complex genomic data and BPAN Warriors, a rare disease advocacy group that focuses on finding treatments for Beta-Propeller Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration.
Path of Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) student, Rishi Das, is featured in the Medical School's Dose of Reality blog. In the article, he shares some personal insight about why he chose the I&E path, and why other students may want to consider joining, as well. Great job, Rashi!
Bulletin Board
Upcoming Informational Open Houses for Research Administration Fellowships
Are you a Ph.D. graduate or current postdoctoral trainee in a biomedical or life science-related field currently at the U-M?

The Medical School Office of Research, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, offers postdoctoral training that prepares fellows for a successful career in biomedical research administration.

Learn more about applying for the upcoming cohort at these open houses!

Thursday, October 17
BSRB, Kahn Auditorium
Lunch Provided

Wednesday, October 23
NCRC Bldg. 10, Research Auditorium
Snacks Provided

Wednesday, October 30
Med Sci I, M3330
Snacks Provided
Attend the Medical Devices in Academic Research Symposium
Medical devices drive clinical care, whether in the form of a surgeon's scalpel, a simple blood test, or a complex imaging machine. With the technological innovation and advances made in precision medicine, 3-D printing, and mobile medical applications, these devices are now a large part of the research landscape here at Michigan Medicine.

Wednesday, October 16
Research Auditorium, Building 10

Join other investigators, regulatory experts, and study teams to learn about the new developments in the medical device regulatory landscape and discuss the benefits and challenges that this technology has brought to investigator-initiated research.
Working with Industry - Finance and Clinical Research
What is study startup and closeout, and how do you determine the cost to carry out each step? What are the fees associated with the Clinical Trial Support Unit, and how do they assist in negotiations to recover those fees? How can you tell if study finances are on track or are in danger of going into the red? Why is the billing calendar and entering study visit occurrences so important? 
Learn the answers to these questions and more at the final session of the  Clinical Trial Support Office 's "Working with Industry" Series. Presenters will include Amy Oliver, Pre-Award Finance Process Lead, and Sheree Temple, Post-Award Finance Manager.

5:00pm-6:30pm, Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
The 2019 Joyce Massey TBI Summit is Happening Soon!
The 2019 Joyce Massey TBI Summit brings together leading scientists and key opinion leaders to present cutting-edge research, exchange ideas, and discuss the future of traumatic brain injury research.

Friday, October 18

We encourage investigators from all disciplines and career levels to join us to learn more about current research barriers and the future direction of research.
Depression Research Awards Accepting Applications
The Depression Center is currently accepting applications for the Rachel Upjohn Clinical Scholar, Strategic Translational Research Awards, and the Eisenberg Collaborative MIP Scholars Award. These award opportunities are in the $50K-$100K range.
Explore Intentional Mentoring at the 2019 Mentoring Forum
All are invited to a November 8 Mentoring Forum featuring Becky Wai-Ling Packard, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College. She will present on Intentional Mentoring: Collective Responsibility and Sustainability.

Friday, November 8
8:30am - 10:30am
Ford Auditorium
2nd Floor, University Hospital

Followiing Dr. Packard's talk, nine faculty members who contribute enormously to the research environment at U-M will be honored with the 2019 Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award.
Announcing 2019 Camille Mrozowski Award Recipient
The  Medical School Office of Research has announced that the recipient of the 2019 Camille Mrozowski Award for Service Excellence is Melissa Schon, Senior Pre-Awards Grant Specialist, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The award was established to honor a beloved colleague who embodied optimism, compassion, enthusiasm, and a special care taken in her support of the Medical School’s research mission. Melissa has been recognized for her exceptional job performance, and her deep commitment to the success of the research mission and the goals of the ObGyn faculty as she helps ease the administrative burdens through the challenges and hurdles of the submission process.

Award Reception at 3:30pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
Our Collaborators
U-M Tech Transfer
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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.