September 27, 2017
Upcoming Events :
Fast Forwarding Medical Device Innovation 
September 29, 2017
BSRB Kahn Auditorium and ABC Seminar Rooms
Networking to follow
Faculty, staff, and students working on medical device technologies, and those interested in learning about development resources and collaboration opportunities, will learn how U-M is fostering an environment of collaboration to enhance medical device innovation. CLICK HERE to RSVP. See below for the full article. 
Cutting Edge Drug/Discovery & Development in Michigan

October 10, 2017
Wayne State University Student Center
5221 Gullen Mall
2nd Level
Representatives from academia and the bio-industry, and other interested parties, can attend the Cutting Edge/Drug Discovery & Development in Michigan Symposium. Presented by MichBio and the University Research Corridor, this event will showcase drug R & D activities at the state's University Research Corridor (URC) institutions and discuss their science, capabilities, and enterprises. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk about Michigan's current drug discovery efforts and future capacity for partnerships. CLICK HERE for more information and to register. 
Understanding the Technical Landscape in Therapeutics
October 11, 2017
Location: TBD
Researchers, postdocs, and faculty with an early-stage idea or interest in the therapeutics development timeline and process will hear DeAnn Smith, Partner, Registered Patent Attorney, Foley Hoag, LLP, talk about Understanding the Technical Landscape in Therapeutics. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion, Early Stage Development: IP Through Company Formationwith DeAnn Smith, Dave Repp (U-M Office of Tech Transfer), and Deb Ladenheim (U-M Office of Tech Transfer).
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) EXPO and Seminar Series

October 18, 2017
NCRC, Building 18, Ground Floor (outside of Picasso

NCRC EXPO Seminar Series
October 18, 2017
NCRC, Building 10, South Atrium
NCRC occupants, U-M faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend the 5th Annual NCRC EXPO - a wonderful opportunity for the NCRC community to collaborate and learn more about the NCRC service providers. There will be a photo booth, Picasso samplers, prizes, giveaways, and much more! CLICK HERE to learn more. 

In conjunction with the NCRC EXPO, four Office of Research units will present informational sessions in the morning. CLICK HERE to RSVP. 
Celebrate Invention 2017

October 18, 2017
Michigan League
Faculty researchers and business, venture, community, and university leaders will have the opportunity to network while seeing some of the exciting discoveries, products, and new ventures from across the U-M innovation ecosystem.
2017 M-Cubed Symposium: Hail to the Cube: Michigan's Legacy of Uncommon Innovation

November 1, 2017
Rackham Auditorium and Michigan League

Research faculty, students, and other attendees will get the chance to see more than 250 interdisciplinary faculty and student teams, or "cubes," present their work. This event features a keynote address by Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director, National Institutes of Health. CLICK HERE to register. Seating is limited, please register by October 20. 
Michigan Cardiovascular Innovation & Translation (M-CRIT) 

November 10, 2017 @ 12:00pm through
November 12, 2017
@ 2:00pm
North Campus Research Complex

Members of the biotech industry, as well as clinicians and academics who do translational cardiovascular research can attend a 2-day, hands-on workshop hosted by the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. The event combines 10 lectures and five labs, and covers topics such as minimally invasive surgery, imaging, computational modeling, and more. Space is very limited - RSVP today!
FFMI Welcomes Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., New FFMI Faculty Champion for Health IT
Dr. Lee joins current FFMI faculty champions to help accelerate innovation and commercialization at U-M

Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of
Pediatrics and
Communicable Diseases, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology,
FFMI Faculty Champion
FFMI is excited to announce that Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., is our new Faculty Champion representing the Health IT/Digital Medicine vertical. She joins our current Faculty Champions, Timothy Cornell, M.D. (Diagnostics), Michael Holinstat, Ph.D., FAHA (Therapeutics), and Daniel Orringer, M.D., (Devices).

Dr. Lee is a researcher and designer who is passionate about the notion that human centered design thinking can and will transform the delivery of clinical care and the biomedical research enterprise. As a Faculty Champion, she will collaborate closely with other faculty and leadership to offer expertise in the advancement and commercialization of medical innovation and technologies. 

"We're thrilled to welcome Dr. Lee as our FFMI Faculty Health IT Champion," says Kevin Ward, M.D., Fast Forward Medical Innovation Executive Director. "Our Faculty Champions have a deep understanding of patient care challenges, regulatory and market issues in their areas of expertise, as well as the challenges that busy academicians face in making innovation and entrepreneurship natural, but essential, parts of their clinical care and research. Dr Lee will make a wonderful addition to our Faculty Champion team, and we're confident that she'll provide her research colleagues across Michigan Medicine and the University with valuable insights about driving biomedical innovation to market, with the ultimate goal of significantly impacting patients and their families."

Congratulations, Dr. Lee - we look forward to working with you! 
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 Economic Development Corporation, MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub, the William Davidson Foundation, the U-M Medical School Office of Research, and the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, Mi-Kickstart Awards 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 for Life Sciences or other research funding programs. 

The new Mi-Kickstart teams are:
Sean Ahlquist, M.Arch., Assistant Professor of Architecture, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Michigan 
"Kinesthetic Environment for Sensory Regulation, Engaged Learning, and Social Interaction"   

Karim Essani, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences 
Western Michigan University 
"Oncolytic Tanapox Virus Recombinants for the Potential Immuno-virotherapy of Human Triple Negative Breast Cancer"   

Michael Holinstat, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine, Department of Pharmacology
University of Michigan
"Analogs of ML355 for Inhibition of 12-LOX In Vivo Resulting in Prevention of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia and Thrombosis"   

Mukesh Nyati, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Michigan
"EGFR Dimer Disruptor for TKI Resistant Cancers"   

Lonnie Shea, Ph.D., William and Valerie Hall Department Chair & Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, 
University of Michigan 
"An Implanted Biomaterial Scaffold for Early Detection of Metastasis"
Fast Forwarding Medical Device Innovation Event on September 29
Symposium focuses on medical device innovation at U-M

Event highlights:
Friday, September 29
BSRB Kahn Auditorium & ABC Seminar Rooms
Networking mixer/poster presentation to follow
CLICK HERE for more information and to RSVP

Faculty, staff, and students working on medical device technologies, and those interested in learning about development resources and collaboration opportunities, are invited to join Fast Forward Medical Innovation for an exclusive medical device development symposium to learn how U-M is fostering an environment of collaboration to enhance medical device innovation.

The half-day event is designed to educate and inspire faculty, students, and staff on commercialization principles, highlight promising technologies, and open dialogue with executives from major medical device companies and venture capital firms.
Celebrate Invention 2017 - Exciting Collaboration Announcement!
Event showcases biomedical innovation at U-M 

On Wednesday, October 18, the U-M Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) will host its annual Celebrate Invention event at the Michigan League Ballroom from 3:00pm-6:00pm. 

This year, we're excited to join OTT and be part of two new kiosks, along with our collaborators, spotlighting U-M's wide variety of biomedical commercialization programs, funding, and entrepreneurial education opportunities. Stop by and learn more about our MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub statewide funding program, the FFMI PACE educational programs, and the medical student Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence

Celebrate Invention honors U-M inventors and the rich biomedical innovation ecosystem at the University of Michigan. You'll have the chance to network with business, venture, university, and community leaders amidst displays of some of our University's best examples of innovation and entrepreneurship. We hope to see you there!
FFMI's Kevin Ward Among This Year's Dean's Award Recipients

Dr. Runge recently announced the Dean's Award recipients for 2017. Congratulations to our own  FFMI Executive Director, Kevin Ward, M.D., for receiving an Innovation and Commercialization Award! 

"This is a well-deserved honor acknowledging Dr. Ward's outstanding contributions to Michigan Medicine as Executive Director of Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) and his leadership in developing new technologies to improve emergency medicine and critical care as founding Director of the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC)," says Robert Neumar, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine.

Congratulations to the many faculty and staff for their contributions to our tripartite mission of excellence in education, research, and patient care.  CLICK HERE to read the article and get a full list of this year's awardees. 
On the Road With FFMI 

FFM Executive Director, Kevin Ward, M.D., participated in a panel discussion at BioArbor about the latest trends in digital health. The panel talked about how they use artificial intelligence, mobile technologies, and data analytics in their respective fields. 

FFMI was part of a panel  presentation at the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, hosted at TechTown in Detroit. The panel featured the work of the MedHealth Regional Innovation Cluster of which FFMI is a part; the mission of the Cluster is to convene and connect the region's growing resources and assets related to medtech and Health IT innovation. 
In Other News

The U-M Protein Folding Diseases Initiative Drug Discovery Showcase on Wednesday, October 11, will highlight six projects that focus on the early stages of drug discovery in areas of significant therapeutic opportunity, with the potential to transform human health. The showcase will take place at the Life Sciences Institute Library from 1:00pm-5:00pm. 

The showcase is the pre-event to the PFD Initiative Annual Symposium, where researchers can exchange the latest research in PFD in a wide range of disease areas. The event will be hosted on Thursday, October 12, in the  Biomedical Science Research Building's Kahn Auditorium from 9:00am-4:30pm, and includes a poster presentation. 

For more information,  CLICK HERE  or email Catherine Bearman at cniemiec@umich.edu

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) invites proposals from U-M in the areas of machine intelligence applied to robotics, self-driving cars, and automotive safety. As part of a $22M partnership with U-M announced in 2016, TRI plans to award up to $8 million for new research projects starting on January 1, 2018. The projects will have durations ranging from one year to up to three years. Last year, MTRAC awardee, Kayvan Najarian, Ph.D. (Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics and Emergency Medicine), received funding for his driver alertness project using cardiac monitoring and algorithm development to ensure driver safety. For more information regarding the TRI opportunity, email TRI2017RFPQuestions@umich.edu or contact Umesh Patel, Sr. Director, Business Engagement, at ucpatel@umich.edu.
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