8:00 - Pittsburgh CREATES Breakfast & Panel Discussion

9:45 - LSPA Panel Discussion

11:00 - Innovation Connections

4:30 - VIP Reception

The Importance of University – Industry Collaboration to drive Product Innovation

Join Pittsburgh CREATES, for an opportunity to network with leaders from the medical device industry over breakfast followed by a panel discussion on the importance of collaborating early and often to drive disruptive product innovation. Industry partners weigh in on the need to gain insight from stakeholders in designing, validating and implementing their medical technologies to garner quicker market adoption, while clinical innovators discuss the importance of gaining industry perspective to help drive their research and clinical practice to have lasting impact on their patient population.

Life Sciences PA Leadership Panel

Join Life Sciences PA for a leadership panel to learn about three different perspectives about partnerships from an investor, serial entrepreneur and a BD representative. The panel will discuss what they look for in partnerships, how they built their contact list and how to prepare for these conversations.

Innovation Connections

For Corporations, University Researchers, & Startups


Digital transformation is impacting every aspect of life sciences, from clinical trials to health care delivery. Pittsburgh’s innovation activities are at the center of this revolution – with world-class research institutions including the University of Pittsburgh ($500M+ in 2018 NIH funding) and Carnegie Mellon University (renowned in Computer Science, for AI & Robotics), along with a burgeoning regional startup ecosystem that is attracting nearly $1B in angel and venture funding annually.

This life-sciences focused innovation-connections event will bring together ‘innovation-seeking’ corporations with a curated group of university-based researchers and startup entrepreneurs who can deliver breakthrough solutions and technologies with the potential to transform the healthcare industry.


In one setting, participating corporations can gain unique access to Pittsburgh’s diverse pool of leading-edge life-sciences talent and technology – from early-stage research to ready-to-scale startups. We have recruited and curated a select group of emerging research and transformative technologies with applications across pharma/biotech, devices, drug delivery, clinical research and more. Gain early access and make important connections with entrepreneurs and principal researchers exploring digital-enabled, transformative technologies in themed areas that include:

  • Predictive analytics in personalized medicine and risk management

  • Remote monitoring, telemedicine and teleclinical solutions

  • Behavioral health & smart technologies

  • Expansion microscopy & imaging technologies

  • Neuro-robotics and neuro-sensors

  • AI/ML applications including biomedical research and business operations

  • Bio-printing and 3D printing

  • Organic and bio-hybrid robotics

These solutions are being explored for a variety of applications including brain health, pediatric health, CVD, cancer, opioid abuse and health business operations efficiency, to name a few.

Two Parallel Tracks:

Corporate executives in attendance will have the opportunity to explore opportunities and engage with innovators directly, across two parallel tracks during the day – with the flexibility to spend time in both tracks:

Corporate/Startup Connections:

Engage a pre-vetted group of entrepreneurs with breakthrough startups that are ready to pilot and scale with corporate partners.

Corporate/University Connections:

Engage with university researchers who are actively seeking corporate partners for research and/or technology commercialization opportunities.


Benefits for Life Science Corporations:

  • Gain introductions to a select group of proven entrepreneurs, emerging research opportunities and
    pre-screened technologies through a highly efficient process

  • A low risk, high-interaction way to help look beyond the written technology descriptions and interact directly with the entrepreneurs or researchers behind them

  • Flexibility to participate across university and research tracks – bring additional executives (up to 4)

Benefits for Startup Entrepreneurs & University Researchers:

  • Gain exposure to leading corporations and direct access to decision makers who are actively looking for innovation in a variety of life sciences categories

  • Face-to-face interaction provides relationship-building and opens the door for recurring collaboration

  • Provides a level playing field for technology providers – a format that promotes dialogue, not ‘pitches’

LEARN MORE (Spaces will be limited)

Click here to learn more about this unique connections event and to register for participation!