The quest for discovery at the University of Pittsburgh runs deep. Just as the Allegheny and the Monongahela rivers flow together to create the Ohio at Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, discovery and ingenuity unite at Pitt to produce life-altering innovation.

Pitt innovators cured polio, created CPR and cultivated the field of organ transplantation, to name just a few of the university’s monumental contributions to the world. Today’s Pitt innovators – faculty, staff and students – and the regional small business community, continue the relentless quest for reinvention across the spectrum of disciplines. Moreover, they are translating their discoveries into impactful products, services and companies at a record rate, making a difference in the lives of countless people.

Pitt’s success in powering invention and igniting progress is enabled by a growing and interconnected innovation ecosystem. At the center of this ecosystem is the Pitt Innovation Institute, which inspires, educates and enables others to make an impact on society, improve the regional economy and transform their own careers.

The Innovation Institute connects Pitt innovators to the programs, services, and funding they need to assess the commercial potential of their innovation or big idea and accelerate on the path to market. Coordinating with partners across the ecosystem, the Innovation Institute then helps launch innovations into the world. It is also the university’s front door for entrepreneurs, companies and other institutions who want to access Pitt’s people, facilities, and research in order to collaborate and drive innovation and economic growth.

Through the affiliated Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, the Innovation Institute also assists entrepreneurs throughout Western Pennsylvania in starting, growing or transitioning their businesses.

The Innovation Institute is led by the Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Director, Evan Facher, PhD, MBA, and is under the purview of Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, Rob A. Rutenbar.