Commercialization Education

Are you an innovator with a groundbreaking idea, but unfamiliar with the product development and entrepreneurial concepts?

Whether you’re a clinician, researcher, trainee, or staff, Fast Forward Medical Innovation offers a broad spectrum of commercialization education & training opportunities.

You will receive valuable mentorship that provides a deep real-world understanding of strategy and tactics helping you gain valuable insight into successfully translating your research to market.


fastPACE Course
Project-based course designed to help academics launch new innovations

Aikens Innovation Academy
Project-based course, mentorship, and funding for academics with cardiovascular innovations

Biomedical Innovation & Entrepreneurship I/II
A credit-bearing course intended for science and engineering majors seeking insight into the fundamentals of life science entrepreneurship

Certificate in Biomedical Innovation & Entrepreneurship
A certificate to prepare for careers in biotech startups and other entities related to biomedical innovation and entrepreneurship


Academic Drug Discovery
A fully virtual, self-paced course that teaches the fundamentals of academic drug discovery

Intellectual Property in the Academic Setting
Learn from the Fast Forward Medical Innovation and Innovation Partnerships teams about the importance of intellectual property in the commercialization of your innovation

Medical Device Regulation
Learn from the Fast Forward Medical Innovation and Michigan Institute of Clinical & Health Research teams about the importance of FDA regulations on your medical device innovation

Idea to Impact Webinar Series: The Translation & Commercialization of Academic Research
On-demand videos that focus on various concepts and considerations critical to research commercialization and technology development

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Spotlight on Success

Learn how FFMI resources provided crucial guidance and support to two University of Michigan nurses who are helping develop a comprehensive certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) clinicians. A VAD is a life-sustaining technology for severe heart failure patients. The first-of-its-kind VAD certification will be a comprehensive exam that goes beyond how to work the device, delving into the specific skills and expertise nurses need to best care for a VAD patient.

Caty Johnson, RN, and Stacy Haverstick, RN, began working together as part of the world-renowned VAD team at the University of Michigan, one of the first VAD programs in the United States. As highly experienced nurses, they recognized the need for more thorough VAD training to provide impeccable patient care and help patient quality of life. READ FULL ARTICLE.



Education participants enrolled in Commercialization Education programs to date


Institutions across the state, region, and nation (outside U-M) that have participated in FFMI fastPACE


Education programs serving biomedical innovators across U‑M, the state, region, and nation


Follow-on funding awarded to date for education program participants


Have questions about biomedical innovation at the University of Michigan? Contact Jon Servoss, Director of Commercialization Education, at or call (734) 764-2692.