Business Development

Fast Forward Medical Innovation offers external industry partners access to an academic research powerhouse, and provides internal U-M researchers with an experienced guide to approaching industry and establishing research collaborations, including:

  • Complete integration into the Michigan Medicine academic medical system, engaging external partners more fully in one of the largest academic clinical health systems in the world, adding value to existing and future products.
  • Business Development Team driving external relationship management, including initial collaboration discussions, agreement execution, and implementation.

Every day, stakeholders across healthcare are forming novel partnerships in an effort to accelerate new technologies to market. Fast Forward Medical Innovation Business Development team members are alliance managers, building and executing successful relationships between U-M Medical School researchers and their potential corporate partners. By using creative partnering methods, including precompetitive consortia, sponsored research, and co-development, the team connects collaborators and works with them to navigate the system and take translational research to a successful outcome.

For more information for companies, or for U-M researcher consultations, email or call us at 734-615-5060.

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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.


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