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 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 offers 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!

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 is now open for the Winter/Spring 2022 Aikens Innovation Academy. The course is scheduled to run Feb 1 – April 19. View the schedule here; note that the pitch showcase has not been scheduled at this time.

Click the button below or contact Meghan Cuddihy ( to indicate your interest.

Contact Meghan Cuddihy, Program Manager, to arrange a consultation about your idea and learn about education, funding, and mentorship opportunities: or 734-615-9904.  Visit the FCVC Innovation Program site for other innovation resources for the FCVC.

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


Contact Meghan Cuddihy at 734-615-9904 or

October 19, 2021