Commercialization Education & Training

Are you an innovator with a groundbreaking idea, but unfamiliar with the product development and entrepreneurial arenas? Whether you’re a med student, fellow, clinician, or seasoned researcher, 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.

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.



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