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. Please identify at least one team member who will work with you 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 at Michigan 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 2021 Dates

April 16th, 12:00 - 5:00 PM (at UAMS or webinar)
April 23rd, 3:00 - 4:30 PM (Webinar)
April 30th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM (Webinar)
May 7th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM (Webinar)
May 14th, 12:00 - 5:00 PM (at UAMS or webinar)

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


Contact Nancy Gray at BioVentures.

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