This life-sciences Corporate/University Innovation Connections Event enables participating ‘innovation-seeking’ corporations to engage with a curated group of university-based researchers (Pitt, CMU, et al) and early stage startups who can address important corporate innovation and growth goals. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 15, during Pittsburgh Life Sciences Week 2019.

Beyond providing a forum and process for specific innovation-related connections, the event will also demonstrate Pittsburgh’s diverse and deep pool of life-sciences talent and technology from early-stage research to ready-to-scale startups within our regional ecosystem.

Innovation Connections at LSW19 is part of the Innovation Works corporate engagement program.

Benefits for Life Science Corporations:

  • Gain introductions to university-based researchers and innovators who are working on world-changing technologies in the life-science sector, through efficient and curated matchmaking

  • A view into emerging research activities that can provide new opportunities for sponsored research or joint collaboration programs

  • Efficient access to a variety of life-science technologies for licensing, co-development or other models for commercialization

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

Benefits for University-based Researchers & Innovators:

  • Direct access to decision-makers with leading corporations who are actively looking for university-based research and technologies in targeted life-science categories

  • For researchers, an opportunity to gain new collaboration partners and sponsors for research with promise for future development

  • For innovators (and technology transfer groups), gain new connections to corporate R&D and BD groups that are funded and searching for technologies for commercialization

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

  • A sense of urgency is created for corporate participants, since multiple corporations are reviewing these opportunities in parallel

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