Ask the Experts: A Biomedical Innovation Forum

Join Fast Forward Medical Innovation, in partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, for a virtual event where our panel of experts from the life science investment community will provide insight on trends within the industry and reveal investment criteria considered when evaluating emerging technologies.

Following the panel discussion, a virtual poster session will provide project teams from the FFMI Hub at the University of Michigan an opportunity for constructive feedback and coaching on their business case through open discussion with investment professionals and attendees.

Who should attend: academic investigators, biomedical innovators, life science investment professionals


  • Educate biomedical innovators on life science investment trends and technology assessment criteria
  • Provide an opportunity for innovators to practice business case presentations and promote open conversation and constructive feedback in a learning environment
  • Highlight the statewide FFMI Hub at the University of Michigan to create greater awareness of available resources for aspiring innovators

Event Details:
Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Panel Session

During the panel session, we’ll discuss the strategy, timing, and best method for innovators to engage investors, the specifics of what investors are looking for in technologies and project teams, and expectations of investors and project teams after the investment is secured.

The panel will address set questions from the moderator, and then address questions from the audience during a question & answer session.

At the end of this event, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the appropriate phase of technology development for connecting with investors
  • Recall two investment criteria for evaluating life science technologies
  • Describe investor expectations and involvement post-investment

Virtual Poster Session

The panel presentation will be immediately followed by a virtual poster presentation highlighting projects from the FFMI Hub at the University of Michigan. Presenters will actively share a short overview of their technology and key elements of their business case for commercialization. The overview will be followed by open discussion with experts and attendees. Audience members will be able to navigate to posters freely during the 60-minute poster session. (While posters may be viewed by investment professionals, this exhibit is solely an opportunity for constructive feedback and not intended as a pitch for funding.)

Questions? Contact Jon Servoss, Director of Commercialization Education, at

March 23, 2021