Do you have a groundbreaking idea that could make a difference in patients’ lives, but need guidance on a successful path to make that idea a reality?

The Aikens Innovation Academy is a new program designed to create, nurture, and support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through education and mentorship customized for Frankel Cardiovascular Center faculty, staff, and trainees. The Academy is designed to support both clinical value and entrepreneurial innovations.

The program will offer a unique set of educational and project development activities for all cardiovascular innovators, including:

• Clinical and research faculty
• Clinical, research, and administrative staff
• House staff, trainees, and medical students
• Nurses, technicians, and other FCVC staff

In this exclusive program, you’ll receive…

• In-depth education on innovation, including communicating value to stakeholders and how to pitch your idea for resources
• An opportunity to develop innovative biomedical technologies, as well as impact clinical technologies and processes
• Guidance on your implementation strategy and business case
• Connections to relevant stakeholders, including departmental and university resources, industry, and investors
• Mentorship from seasoned innovators
• …and more!

Click here to view the full syllabus.

Don’t have an idea? That’s okay, it’s not required! You’re welcome to attend and learn about the innovation process. The program will help you match with a project team of like-minded innovators and an innovative technology.

Enrollment for the 2019 Aikens Innovation Academy course is currently closed, but see the FCVC Innovation Program site for other innovation resources for the FCVC.

Contact Meghan Cuddihy, Program Manager, to arrange a consultation about your idea and learn about education, funding, and mentorship opportunities: or 734-615-9904

This customized program is a collaboration between the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and FFMI.

March 12 – May 21, 2019
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) 6235
(No class on March 26 & May 14)
Dinner Provided

Wednesdays – Optional lectures on commercialization topics
(these lectures will also be available online)

March 13 – May 1, 2019
Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) 6235

(No class on March 27)
Dinner Provided


Contact Meghan Cuddihy at 734-615-9904 or

May 13, 2019