Do you have a groundbreaking idea that could make a difference in patients’ lives, but don’t know how to get that innovation to market?

The Aikens Innovation Academy is a new program designed to create, nurture, and support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through education and mentorship targeted at Frankel Cardiovascular Center faculty, staff, and trainees.

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

In this exclusive program, you’ll receive…

• In-depth education on innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization
• An opportunity to develop innovative biomedical technologies
• Mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and
commercialization experts
• Guidance on your commercialization strategy and business case
• Connections to industry and investors
• …and more!

The Aikens Innovation Academy kicks off in Spring 2019 with an innovation and commercialization course customized for the Frankel Cardiovascular Center.

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.

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


Contact Meghan Cuddihy at 734-615-9904 or

November 5, 2018