Business Development

The Fast Forward Medical Innovation Business Development team provides the first point of contact to both U-M researchers and our external industry partners.

Fast Forward Medical Innovation provides U-M researchers with an experienced industry guide to approaching companies and establishing research collaborations, such as:

  • Initial collaboration discussions
  • Agreement execution & implementation
  • Creative partnering methods, including precompetitive consortia, contracted services, data/biospecimen exchange, sponsored research, and co-development

External industry partners get access to an academic research powerhouse and benefit from our strong relationships with world-renowned Michigan Medicine departments and programs, including:

Looking to partner with a U-M Medical School Researcher? CLICK HERE for a list of specific subject areas and Business Development team contact information for that topic.

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Have questions about biomedical innovation at the University of Michigan? Contact Mike Ranella, Director of Business Development, at or 734-764-3635.