UAMS fastPACE Course is a 4-week biomedical commercialization course designed for busy researchers and clinicians with early-stage projects.

Originally created by FastForward Medical Innovation at the University of Michigan and modeled after the successful NSF I-Corps program, the UAMS fastPACE blends in-person and online education to help researchers and clinicians learn the basics of biomedical commercialization and prepare a successful business case for funding and development partnerships.

The course is open to anyone with early-stage innovations or ideas, including:
— Clinicians and researchers —
— Postdocs or graduate students —
— Medical students —

Why should you enroll?

  • Develop a successful business case 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

As a project-based course, participants may enroll their entire team of collaborators, including students. For those without collaborators or student team members, a group of students may be available to support the project during the course.

Expert Teaching Team

The fastPACE Course features an expert interdisciplinary teaching team from 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 70 project teams have graduated the fastPACE Course and used their experience to secure additional funding, find collaborators, submit publications, and conduct additional research. We would like to replicate those results at UAMS.

Spring Dates

March 30th, 12:00 - 5:00 PM (at UAMS)
April 6th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM (Webinar)
April 13th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM (Webinar)
April 20th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM (Webinar)
April 27th, 12:00 - 5:00 PM (at UAMS)

Interested in joining a project as a student worker? Fill out our intake survey.


Contact Nancy Gray at BioVentures.

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