Pitt Student Startup Four Growers Accepted into Silicon Valley Accelerator

Latest News Caps a Whirlwind Spring for Team Developing a Robotic Greenhouse Tomato Harvesting System Brandon Contino and Dan Chi are going to San Francisco, but instead of flowers in their hair, they will be wearing the laurels of being accepted into one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in…

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Sleep Research Awakens Pitt Professor’s Inner Entrepreneur

May 17, 2018; Updated June 6, 2019 Developed for Treating Veterans and Active Military, New Platform Can be Adapted to Wider Market Anne Germain is convinced from the results of her research with active military and veterans that behavioral therapy can help people with sleep disorders improve the quality of…

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University of Pittsburgh Announces Patents Issued in April 2018

May 3, 2018 The University of Pittsburgh announced that Pitt innovators were issued 12 U.S. patents in April 2018. Featured Patent U.S. 9,937,250 "Immunogenic Tumor Associated Stromal Cell Antigen Peptides and Methods of Their Use" Walter Storkus, Professor of Dermatology and Immunology, and colleagues, have developed a new solid tumor…

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Blast Furnace Student Accelerator Welcomes 10 Student Teams

May 3, 2018 The academic year might be over, but a dedicated group of nearly 30 entrepreneurial Pitt students of all levels from across the University will be working to launch their big ideas into the world. Now in its third year, the Blast Furnace, a program of the Innovation…

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Inaugural Performance Innovation Tournament Awards $150K

Projects to Improve Swimming Training and Regulate Athletes' Nervous System Receive Funding to Move Innovations Forward When the Pitt swimming team hits the pool this fall, it could have a new training device to help them monitor and assess the force of their strokes and prevent over-training courtesy of Pitt…

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Pitt Student Entrepreneurs Take National Stage at Pitch Competitions

April 11, 2108   Four Growers Wins Runner-up Prize, $10,000 at ACC InVenture Prize Competition Fresh off claiming top prize in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition, the student team Four Growers captured second place prize of $10,000 at the annual ACC InVenture Prize competition on April 5 & 6.…

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Diverse Pitt Innovations Begin Path to Market in First Gear

April 10, 2016 The Circadian Activity Profiling System (CAPS) was selected as the recipient of a $20,000 award at the demonstration day for the most recent cohort of the Pitt Ventures First Gear program. The CAPS is a platform that allows consumers, and their clinicians, to evaluate whether their circadian…

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University of Pittsburgh Announces Patents Issued in March 2018

April 5, 2018 The University of Pittsburgh announced that Pitt innovators were awarded five U.S. patents in March 2018. Featured Patent U.S. 9,915,714 “MSC-SELMQC Method for Simultaneous Mapping of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in High Fat Tissues” Dr. Qiuhong He has developed methods for detecting choline, polyunsaturated fats and lactate that…

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Pitt Innovation Institute Establishes Big Idea Center for Student Entrepreneurship

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Big Idea Competition Marks 10th Anniversary of Launching Pitt Student Entrepreneurs

March 30, 2018 Big Idea Winners Announced and News on the Brand New Big Idea Center for Student Entrepreneurship With a blast of confetti falling from above the stage at the Charity Randall Theater, the participants in the 2018 Randall Family Big Idea Competition celebrated the culmination of two months…

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Software, Manufacturing and Finance Executives Join Innovation Institute as Entrepreneurs in Residence

March 27, 2018   Phil Marzolf, Kelly Dane, and Mike Formica join the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute as Entrepreneurs in Residence. The Innovation Institute has added three members to its team of Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) to strengthen capabilities in the areas of software and hardware, prototyping, manufacturing and…

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Record Breaking Pitt Startup Flipping the Script on Organ Transplantation

  LyGenesis Out to Prove the Age of Organ Regeneration Has Arrived By Mike Yeomans In a recent episode of the long-running ABC television show “Grey’s Anatomy,” the lead character, Dr. Meredith Grey, experiences an epiphany in her quest for an idea to enter into her hospital’s innovation competition. As…

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