Course Overview

The University of Michigan’s Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) team is working in close partnership with U-M’s CTSA organization MICHR to support educational programs for all learners on the commercialization of biomedical research and innovation.

The FFMI fastPACE program, based on LEAN Startup principles, is customized to help busy clinician-researchers and scientists better understand how to successfully put their research innovations on viable paths to commercialization through a process of accelerated value proposition analysis and customer discovery.

Spring 2017 Course

“It was wonderful to meet with a group of experts across multiple institutions who see a common vision of how we could broaden our impact in the lives of our patients.”

“This provided exactly the information I need to bring a recommendation forward for commercialization education at my institution.”

“I came away with a number of ideas for improving my workshop and enhancing how I work with our funding programs.”

The Spring 2017 launch of our Train-the-Trainer program welcomed nine CTSA institutions from across the country:

Indiana University

Mayo Clinic

Medical College of Wisconsin

Northwestern University

Ohio State University

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

University of Kentucky

University of Minnesota

University of Washington

Spring 2018 Course


Starting March 2018, FFMI will launch its 8th cohort of this 4-week biomedical commercialization and innovation course designed for the busy medical academician with an early stage biomedical product idea.  This course blends in-person and online education to help faculty researchers and clinicians prepare a successful business case for funding and partnerships.

Train-the-Trainer for fastPACE

In parallel to fastPACE, participating CTSA organizations will have the opportunity to observe our expert teaching team and learn how to launch this program at their home institutions providing their biomedical faculty with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate the initial process of innovation and commercialization. This 4-week course is a hands-on collaborative learning experience.

Save the Date

Spring 2018 fastPACE and Train the Trainer Dates:

March 15-16: University of Michigan

March 23: Conference Call 3-4:30PM

March 29: Conference Call 3-4:30 PM

April 6: Conference Call 3-4:30 PM

April 13: Live Stream/University of Michigan 12-5 PM

More Information

Interested in learning more about the details of the program? We are hosting an informational webinar on January 31st from 12-1pm EST.

Can’t make that time? View our past webinar here.


If you are interested in joining our Spring FFMI Train-the-Trainer course, please fill out the information below.

March 22, 2018