FFMI fastPACE Course

FFMI fastPACE Course

FFMI fastPACE is a 4-week biomedical innovation and commercialization course designed for life science innovators with an early stage project.  The fastPACE course blends in-person and online education to help participants prepare a successful business case for funding and development partnerships.

Who should enroll?

  • Individuals who have an idea that could improve patient outcomes
  • Clinicians and healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses, therapists, etc.)
  • Life science researchers
  • Students, postdocs or graduate students

Why should you enroll?

  • Explore the commercial viability of your innovation
  • Validate your business model
  • Work to develop a successful business case that can be used to secure funding and attract collaborators/customers
  • Expand your network of innovation partners, mentors, and potential investors
  • Develop greater self-confidence and business presentation skill

Enrolling a Project Team (Not Required)

As a project-based course, participants can enroll their entire team of 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 more.

Winter 2020 FFMI fastPACE Dates:

February 13: Kickoff 12:00-5:00 PM @ Ferris Wheel in Flint

February 21: Webinar 1 3:00-4:30 PM

February 28: Webinar 2 3:00-4:30 PM

March 6: No Class – UM Spring Break

March 13: Webinar 3 3:00-4:30 PM  

March 19: Final Event 12-5 PM @ Ferris Wheel in Flint

Registration: Click here to register


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