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fastPACE Train-the-Trainer: A scalable new educational program to accelerate training in biomedical innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization

  • Jonathan Servoss (a1), Connie Chang (a1), Jonathan Fay (a2), Kanchan Sehgal Lota (a3), George A. Mashour (a1) (a3) (a4) and Kevin R. Ward (a1) (a5)...

Abstract

Introduction

The Institute of Medicine recommended the advance of innovation and entrepreneurship training programs within the Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) program; however, there remains a gap in adoption by CTSA institutes. The University of Michigan’s Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research and Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) partnered to develop a pilot program designed to teach CTSA hubs how to implement innovation and entrepreneurship programs at their home institutions.

Materials and methods

The program provided a 2-day onsite training experience combined with observation of an ongoing course focused on providing biomedical innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurial training to a medical academician audience (FFMI fastPACE).

Results

All 9 participating CTSA institutes reported a greater connection to biomedical research commercialization resources. Six launched their own version of the FFMI fastPACE course or modified existing programs. Two reported greater collaboration with their technology transfer offices.

Conclusion

The FFMI fastPACE course and training program may be suitable for CTSA hubs looking to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship within their institutions and across their innovation ecosystems.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Corresponding author

*Address for correspondence: J. Servoss, M.Ed., Commercialization Education, Office of Research, Fast Forward Medical Innovation, University of Michigan Medical School, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 520-3132, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. (Email: servossj@med.umich.edu)

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fastPACE Train-the-Trainer: A scalable new educational program to accelerate training in biomedical innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization

  • Jonathan Servoss (a1), Connie Chang (a1), Jonathan Fay (a2), Kanchan Sehgal Lota (a3), George A. Mashour (a1) (a3) (a4) and Kevin R. Ward (a1) (a5)...

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