Engineering Students Make Strong Showing at Startup Blitz

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…

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University of Pittsburgh Announces Patents Issued in September 2017

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…

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Pitt Startup Translates to Success

Story originally published: July 8, 2016, by Karen Woolstrum November 2017 Update: Nicole Xu and John Frazier receive the Pitt Innovator Student Award.   Nicole Xu, John Frazier, and Lujing Gao now start their mornings collaborating in their new space at AlphaLab, a nationally ranked Pittsburgh accelerator program aimed at…

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University of Pittsburgh Announces Patents Issued in August 2017

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…

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Reflections

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…

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Pitt Ventures First Gear Program Graduates 13 Innovation Teams

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…

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University of Pittsburgh Announces Patents Issued in July 2017

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…

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Three Pitt Discoveries Awarded Chancellor Innovation Commercialization Funds

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…

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Pitt’s Malandro Tapped for Leadership Role at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Marc Malandro arrived at Pitt 13 years ago from California eager to recapture the thrill of launching promising university research from the lab and into the world where it can have an impact on people’s lives.  Having helped usher in a new way of thinking about innovation and commercialization at…

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Pitt Innovators Post Record Year for Invention Disclosures, Patents & Startups

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Diagnosis: Incurable Entrepreneur-itis

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…

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