Launched by the Office of the Provost in 2013, the Innovation Institute is the University's hub for activities that promote and foster innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and throughout the Pittsburgh region. The Institute is built on a foundation supported by education, collaboration, communication, and economic development.

The goals of the Institute are to encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and in the community, and to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at Pitt among faculty, staff and students.


The institute brings together a collective brain trust composed of the following Pitt organizations:

  • The Office of Technology Management (OTM), which facililitates the patenting, business-opportunity development, and licensing of Pitt innovations;
  • The Office of Enterprise Development, which works with OTM to develop startup venture opportunities around Pitt innovations; and
  • The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, which provides entrepreneurial education, networking, and assistance for local entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Learn more about opportunities for student entrepreneurs.


Marc S. Malandro
Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Management and Commercialization; Director, Office of Technology Management; and Interim Director, Innovation Institute

Daniel R. Bates
Strategic Relations

Babs Carryer
Director of Education and Outreach, Innovation Institute

Greg Coticchia
Director of the Blast Furnace, Pitt's student accelerator
Executive in Residence, Software & I.T.

Carla Crawford
Department Administrator

Enterprise Development

Evan Facher PhD
Associate Director

Amy Brunetto Phillips MBA
Business Development Manager

Paul Petrovich CPA
Assistant Director Business Development

Karen Zellars
Administrative & Program Coordinator

Technology Management

Alexander P. Ducruet PhD, CLP

Assistant Director Licensing 412-648-2219
Martania C. Felton Intellectual Property Assistant


Martania C. Felton Intellectual Property Assistant


Lynette Jacobs-Priebe Accountant 412-648-2241

Sandy Latini JD

Business Manager 412-383-7664
Michelle McAllister Government Compliance Administer 412-648-2203
Kelly Mertz Manager Financial Analysis & Reporting 412-383-7139
Janice L. Panza PhD Technology Licensing Associate 412-648-2225

Andrew Remes PhD, CLP

Licensing Manager: Life Sciences 412-624-3134
Stacey Rizzo MIS Accountant 412-648-2226
Jenifer Slinskey Tarasi JD Associate Director Intellectual Property 412-648-3220

Jason T. Somma JD

Intellectual Property and Licensing Associate 412-648-2220

Lisa Spano

Licensing Assistant 412-648-2206
Harold Swift PhD Licensing Manager: Physical Sciences 412-648-2236

Maria Vanegas PhD

Licensing Manager: Life Sciences 412-648-4004
Carolyn Weber MBA Technology Licensing Associate 412-383-7140

Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence Staff (IEE)