FFMI fastPACE is a 4-week biomedical innovation and commercialization course designed for life science innovators with an early-stage project. The fastPACE Course helps participants prepare a successful business case for funding and development partnerships.

Who Should Enroll?

  • Clinicians and life science researchers
  • Postdocs or graduate students working with faculty mentors
  • Additional trainees and staff from universities and health systems

Why Should You Enroll?

  • Develop a successful business case used to secure funding and attract collaborators
  • Determine the commercial viability of your innovation
  • Expand your network of innovation partners, mentors, and potential investors
  • Develop greater self-confidence and business presentation skills

Enrolling a Project (Not Required)

As a project based course, participants can enroll their entire team of faculty collaborators, including any postdoc, graduate student, medical student, or staff member.

Expert Instructors

The course features an expert teaching team from a variety of settings, including academia and industry.  Project teams are divided into educational tracks and assigned a teaching team member to capitalize on their unique experience and maximize mentorship opportunities.

Course Results

More than 250 project teams have graduated the fastPACE Course and used their experience to secure more than $20 million in follow-on funding. Results of the first fastPACE Course were published in the Journal of Academic Medicine – CLICK HERE to read the full article.


Registration closes on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 5:00pm 

Fall 2021 FFMI fastPACE Dates:

(All times are Eastern Standard Time)

Friday, October 1: Virtual Kickoff Event, 12:00pm – 4:30pm

Friday, October 8: Checkpoint Webinar,  3:00pm – 4:30pm

Friday, October 15: Checkpoint Webinar,  3:00pm – 4:30pm

Friday, October 22: Checkpoint Webinar, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Friday, November 5: Virtual Final Event 12:00pm – 4:30pm


Contact Jon Servoss, FFMI Director of Commercialization Education, at 734-764-2692 or servossj@umich.edu.

July 23, 2021