Engineering Students Make Strong Showing at Startup Blitz

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October 16, 2017   Jenna Gustafson and Megan Cala, doctoral candidates in the Chemical Engineering department, brought their idea for a breathalyzer for cancer screening to the Innovation Institute’s Startup Blitz not knowing what to expect. Twenty-four hours later they left with two potential new team members, a $1,000 cash award and plans to advance… Read more »

University of Pittsburgh Announces Patents Issued in September 2017

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October 4, 2017   The University of Pittsburgh reported that Pitt Innovators were awarded nine patents in September 2017. Featured Patent U.S. 9,770,481 “Novel Inhibitors of Nox1” A team of Pitt researchers led by Patrick Pagano, Professor and Vice-Chair, Graduate Education, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, has developed and characterized a Nox1-specific peptidic inhibitor,… Read more »

University of Pittsburgh Announces Patents Issued in August 2017

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September 8, 2017   The University of Pittsburgh reported that Pitt Innovators were awarded nine patents in August 2017. Featured Patent US 9,731,014 “Use of SLURP1 as an Imunomodulatory Molecule in the Ocular Surface”   Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Shivalingappa (Shiva) Swamynathan at the School of Medicine, and colleagues, have developed methods for treating eye… Read more »

Reflections

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Marc Malandro served as Founding Director of the Innovation Institute from its inception in November 2013, until this month, when he departed to become vice president of operations for the Science division of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. I have been fortunate to have exciting new opportunities present themselves throughout my life at just the right… Read more »

Pitt Ventures First Gear Program Graduates 13 Innovation Teams

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August 21, 2017 EyeCures Team Accepted into Phase I Ventures Accelerator Program   A more effective delivery system for medicated eye drops and a medical device to improve hearing screenings in real-world environments received a combined $25,000 to advance these innovations towards commercial licensing at the demonstration day for the most recent Pitt Ventures First… Read more »

University of Pittsburgh Announces Patents Issued in July 2017

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August 16, 2017   The University of Pittsburgh reported that Pitt Innovators were awarded six patents in July 2017. Featured Patent US 9,694,061 “Fully Human Antibodies to High Molecular Weight Melanoma Associated Antigen and Uses Thereof” Soldano Ferrone, former Professor of Immunology, Surgery and Pathology, developed methods of using human monoclonal antibodies or antibody fragments… Read more »

Three Pitt Discoveries Awarded Chancellor Innovation Commercialization Funds

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A potential treatment for preventing fibrosis following a heart attack and for inhibiting the cell signaling that triggers cancer metastasis; a technology platform to prevent the buildup of biological materials, or foulants, on surfaces such as medical implants; and novel biological and chemical sensors based on carbon nanomaterials, have been selected as recipients of the… Read more »

Diagnosis: Incurable Entrepreneur-itis

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Matt Kesinger stands outside the offices of Forest Devices along Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood with the company’s prototype stroke diagnosis device strapped to his shoulder. Pitt Medical School Student Prescribes a Unique Course for Launching Startup July 24, 2017 Matt Kesinger says he will finish Pitt medical school … someday. The native Texan… Read more »

University of Pittsburgh Announces Patents Issued in June 2017

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July 10, 2017   The University of Pittsburgh reported that Pitt Innovators were issued 9 patents in June 2017. Featured Patent US 9,690,009 “Efficient White Light Scattering Photonic Bandgap Crystal” Pitt Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Sanford Asher has developed a crystalline colloidal array that diffracts light throughout the visible spectral region over a large range… Read more »