September 13, 2018
Upcoming Events :
Funding Your Biomedical Innovation: An SBIR/STTR Primer & Proposal Training Program 
September 26, 2018
Taubman Health Sciences Library
Rm. 2903
FREE for U-M attendees (with photo ID)
$75 for in-state attendees

CLICK HERE for more details and to RSVP.
U-M researchers and interested participants can attend this workshop as part of a series designed to enhance the competitiveness of SBIR/STTR basics and provide detailed instruction on developing proposals.

The series is a collaborative initiative by FFMI, the U-M Office of Tech Transfer Venture Center, and BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting.
Research Project Lifecycle Seminar Series

October 16, 2018
(FFMI will be presenting from 1:30pm-2:30pm)
NCRC Building 10, 
South Atrium
FREE breakfast and lunch

CLICK HERE to learn more - additional details coming soon.
Researchers interested in the different stages of the Research Project Lifecycle at the University of Michigan can attend this all-day event hosted by the Medical School Office of Research in collaboration with the annual NCRC Expo. FFMI will be presenting Design Thinking for Medical Innovation from 1:30pm-2:30pm. The event's five sessions will be "a la carte," so attendees can choose to go to one or all five. 
Exploring the Singularity in Healthcare - Digital Innovation for Impact
October 18, 2018
BSRB Khan Auditorium and ABC Seminar Rooms

CLICK HERE to learn more and RSVP.

As part of the event, a Digital Health Showcase will feature poster presentations and networking. Posters are due September 17. 
CLICK HERE for details.
Faculty, staff, students, and biomedical innovators working on digital health technologies and those interested in learning about the health IT system and collaboration opportunities, can attend this half-day symposium, hosted by Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., Robert Kelch Professor of Pediatrics, FFMI Health IT Faculty Champion, that focuses on the growing and inevitable intersection of technology and healthcare.
2018 Massey TBI Regional Conference

October 25, 2018
Junge Family Champions Center
Lunch and refreshments provided

CLICK HERE for more details and to register.
Researchers interested in traumatic brain injury can attend this conference, supported by the Massey Foundation, that features lectures, a poster session, and scientific presentations from funded Massey TBI Grand Challenge teams as they explore the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of traumatic brain injuries.
Innovation Navigator Funding Opportunities:
Michigan Economic Development Corporation Event Highlights Funding Programs 

FFMI will be part of the  Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative event on September 26 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Attendees will hear details about the Michigan Translational Research Commercialization (MTRAC) Program Innovation Hubs around the state that support life science, agbio, advanced transportation, and advanced materials technologies. FFMI will wrap up the afternoon with an educational workshop focused on customer discovery strategies and refining the value proposition for early stage technologies.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation MTRAC Program Innovation Hubs
Wednesday, September 26
GVSU Robert C. Pew Campus, downtown Grand Rapids
Regency Room, First Floor, E. Wing of the DeVos Building

This event is sponsored by the MEDC and hosted by Grand Valley State University.
Join FFMI at Translational Funding Fair on 
October 18 

FFMI is excited to be part of a translational funding fair that will be held on Wednesday, October 17, from 1:00-3:00pm 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. 
Next Round for Mi-TRAC for Life Sciences Proposals Due September 24

Have a hot concept in the realm of biomedical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, or digital health/IT that would be a great candidate for commercialization? 

Mi-TRAC Awards are part of the MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub. Made possible by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and co-managed by FFMI and the
U-M Office of Technology Transfer, the awards provide mid-stage, translational research funding and resources for proof-of-concept and late-stage translational studies with a high potential of commercial success. 

Proposals due Monday, September 24

Innovators from all schools at the University of Michigan, other institutions of higher education, non-profit research centers, and hospital systems across Michigan are eligible to submit projects for funding consideration.

Questions? Contact Michelle Larkin, MSE, Biomedical Innovation Specialist, at michcote@umich.edu or 734-615-7886. 
Mi-Kickstart Proposals Due November 1

Fast Forward Medical Innovation is accepting proposals for the  Mi-Kickstart early-stage funding program .

Mi-Kickstart awards, made possible by the Michigan Economic Development CorporationMTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub, the  U-M Medical School Office of Research, and the  Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, 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 or other research funding programs.

Applications due Thursday, November 1

Questions? Contact Biomedical Innovation Specialist, Michelle Larkin, or Biomedical Innovation Specialist, Sara Johnson.
Commercialization Education
Enrollment Open for Biomedical Innovation & Entrepreneurship Courses

PIBS 550 and PIBS 750 are credit-bearing courses that cover the major concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship involved in biomedical commercialization. The courses are targeted toward graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from life science and engineering programs (undergraduates may take PIBS 550 with prior instructor approval).

Questions? Visit the PIBS 550 website, the PIBS 750 website, or email ffmioffice@umich.edu
Biotech Career Exploration Program Graduate Finds Success 

After joining the University of Michigan's Biotech Career Exploration Program, a structured curriculum provided by Fast Forward Medical Innovation, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research, and the U-M Medical School Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Stefanie Wernisch, Ph.D., a former research fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine at U-M nabbed a job at a leading global specialty measurement company, Waters Corporation, located in Germany. CLICK HERE to read the full article. 
Michigan Research Experts - New Website Helps Researchers Find Collaborators and Funding

In an increasingly competitive environment, new tools for the funding tool box can be the edge that help researchers successfully win that next grant or reach an agreement with that new industry partner. This week, the Medical School Office of Research launched a new tool for researchers' funding tool box - Michigan Research Experts.

Michigan Research Experts is a searchable, web-based database of research expertise designed for the University of Michigan and developed to foster collaboration. It goes beyond journal publications, monitoring hundreds of different channels providing the latest the latest information from sources like books, conferences, grants, patents, and even clinical trials.

CLICK HERE to read the full article. 
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