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As part of its 2006-2010 strategic response to MS, Fast Forward was created for the purpose of supporting commercial organizations engaged in the development of new therapies and diagnostic tools for MS. Fast Forward bridges the preclinical commercial funding gap by targeting funds to de-risk therapeutic development. Our goal is catalyze outside investment by funding critical work needed to better-position projects for subsequent commercial development.

Funding to date

Since 2009 the Society has deployed $20.3 million towards commercial research through Fast Forward in 31 projects in the biotech/biopharmaceutical sector and 12 projects at academic institutions. We work closely with similarly-aligned organizations supporting MS commercial research to collectively de-risk the process. This effort has leveraged $8 million from external sources.

Process

Similar to our Research Grant peer review process, Fast Forward engages the brightest minds in MS research to evaluate the scientific merit of proposals. In addition, industry advisors and consultants are brought into the review to ensure that projects are positioned to be viable candidates for future commercial development.

  • Applications are received through an annual request for proposals (RFP).
  • The next funding opportunity will be available in October 2018.
  • Companies and academic researchers are eligible to apply.

Funding through Fast Forward involves oversight review by a separate Board of Managers

View the Fast Forward Board of Managers (.pdf)

Download an executive summary of the National MS Society's Fast Forward funding effort (.pdf)

For more information, please contact:

Mark Allegretta, PhD
Associate Vice President,
Commercial Research
mark.allegretta@nmss.org
212-476-0459
Maya Merrell
Director, Business and Partnership Development
maya.merrell@nmss.org
212-476-0443
Walter Kostich, PhD
Director,
Commercial Research
walter.kostich@nmss.org
212-476-0428

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