From trials of the first safe polio vaccine to the latest breakthroughs in treatments for neurological diseases, the University of Michigan continues to be at the forefront of pioneering biomedical research that significantly impacts human health. At $1.33 billion, the U-M is the top public university in research spending in the United States, and the Medical School is responsible for almost half of those research expenditures. And with the Fast Forward Medical Innovation program focused on nurturing commercialization and entrepreneurship, the U-M Medical School research enterprise offers a holistic approach to biomedical innovation for both faculty and potential external partners.

The U-M Medical School consistently ranks amongst U.S. News & World Report's top medical research schools, hosts over 1.6 million square feet of laboratory space, and is an NIH Clinical and Translational Research Science Award institution. While numbers like these are impressive, they only hint at what goes on behind the scenes. One of our greatest assets is our collegial, collaborative culture, an atmosphere where faculty, fellows, students, and research teams thrive in the shared pursuit of innovative science and improving patient care.


Thursday, July 24, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Room M3330 Medical Science Building 1

Flow cytometry is among the most powerful and versatile analytical platforms used in contemporary laboratories for studying all aspects of the cell and other particles.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

NCRC – Building 10, South Atrium

What does a Non-Disclosure Agreement protect?  When should a Non-Disclosure Agreement be in place?  Who can help with a Non-Disclosure Agreement?  Join us as we reveal the secrets of a Non-Disclosure Agreement and help Principal Investigators manage important conversations with potential partners.   

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

NCRC - Building 10, South Atrium

Many early stage technologies face a significant funding gap when trying to commercialize.  This gap, known as the “Valley of Death,” presents a serious threat to the success of any venture.  Attend “Bridging the Valley of Death: Funding to Help You Cross” and learn how to bridge the gap and identify resources to help you cross.    

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Circle Drive in front of Med Sci I

Join the Medical School Office of Research during the annual Ice Cream Social, with 50+ exhibitors from labs and offices of the Medical School and across campus. 

Friday, September 05, 2014 to Friday, October 03, 2014
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

NCRC - Building 10: Two Live Events

Online: Three Webinars


A FREE educational program designed to foster, grow, and nurture the U-M biomedical innovation ecosystem.  Fast Forward Medical Innovation has partnered with the U-M Center for Entrepreneurship and U-M Tech Transfer to create an opportunity for U-M faculty to translate their early stage ideas into something of impact.