Life Sciences Week 2018: Convergence and Connectivity

Dynamic Collaborations. Translational Research. Transformational Start-ups. Diverse Industry.

Presented by the University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Week brings together a diverse mix of life sciences groups – researchers, entrepreneurs, large corporations, and investors. To connect and engage across the spectrum – from development in the lab to delivery in the marketplace. To foster the integration of science and business that will accelerate innovation and translate research into commercial opportunities.

This week long series of innovation forums covers a wide range of current and emerging topics in the life sciences. Join us during Pittsburgh Life Sciences Week and learn why Pittsburgh is poised to become a national leader in life sciences.

Life Sciences 2018 recap:



Opioid Crisis Think Tank
Host: Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh
Description: A convergence of leaders in many facets of the opioid crisis to engage in a conversation focused on the intersection of data, modeling, pharmaceuticals, public health, and research. Donald Burke, MD, Dean, Pitt Public Health, will moderate the discussion. Speakers include:

  • Hawre Jalal, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management and Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, Pitt Public Health

  • Elizabeth Krans, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

  • Paul Bacharach, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Rehab

Following the program there will be a reception highlighting the 70th anniversary of Pitt Public Health and a display of medical innovations from the University of Pittsburgh’s archives.

Location: Graduate School of Public Health Auditorium G23, 130 De Soto St., Pittsburgh, PA

  • 12:30pm Registration

  • 1pm Program

  • 2pm Reception


Life Science Investments – Pittsburgh’s Dynamic Translational Research is Attracting National Players
Host: University of Pittsburgh
 This Life Sciences Week kick-off event will feature a panel discussion on current trends in life sciences investments and Pittsburgh's role. Craig Kenesky, Ph.D., Head, New York Patent and Innovation practice, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati will moderate. Speakers include:

  • Yvonne Kobayashi, Sr. Director, Emerging Technology & Innovation, Corporate Business Development, Eli Lilly and Company

  • Catherine V. Mott, CEO/Founder, BlueTree Venture Fund and BlueTree Allied Angels

  • Ben Scruggs, Associate, Hatteras Venture Partners

  • Jeanne Cunicelli, Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises

A networking reception with TechVibe Radio on location will follow the program.

Location:  O’Hara Student Center, 4024 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  • 4pm Program

  • 5pm Reception

Sponsor: Huntington Bank



Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Healthcare Investment Pop-Up
Host: LifeX™ and University of Pittsburgh (by invitation only)
 During this event, early-stage biotech companies and entrepreneurs focused on developing therapeutics will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas for investment. Confirmed investors include Eli Lilly and Hatteras Venture Partners.
Location: TBD
Time: 8am-5pm


Panel: MedTech Business Development, What's the Future?
Host: Life Sciences PA
Join Life Sciences PA in partnership with BioBreakfast for a Panel on global medical device Business Development. Hear from BD and investment executives about their areas of interest and how to navigate their processes. The panelists are:

  • Nicholas Pachuda, Global VP, External Innovation, Johnson and Johnson

  • Bob Brown, Vice President, DSM Biomedical

  • Michael D. Probst, Director, Corporate Development (M&A), Teleflex Medical

This session is designed for: Medical device C-level executives, Entrepreneurs, Researchers considering Tech Transfers, and anyone exploring relationships with medical device companies.

Location: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St, 20th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

  • 7:30-8am Registration

  • 7:30-8:15am Networking and Breakfast

  • 8:15-9:30am Panel Discussion


Ready, Set, Launch
Host: Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse in partnership with Idea Foundry, Inc, Coulter Translational Research Program at University of Pittsburgh and Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Description: We will look at the critical transition from technology ideation, creation and development to commercialization and company success. 

With input from a diverse set of Life Sciences leaders and lessons gathered from successful and not-so-successful launches, this event provides Knowledge to navigate this transition, and provides information on what is needed for you to leverage Connections and secure Capital. This discussion will provide a foundation to successfully launch from technology development at the University to product commercialization and investor funding.

Meet the Fireside chat panelists:

  • James F. Jordan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse & Managing Director, PLSG Accelerator Fund

  • Michael Matesic, CEO & President at Idea Foundry, Inc

  • Allison Formal, MBA, Program Director, Coulter Translational Research Program at University of Pittsburgh

  • John Maier, MD PhD, Assistant Professor and the Director of Research and Development, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh & Co-Director of the Innovation Core, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Moderated by: Marissa Kuzirian, PhD, Investment ManagerPittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

Location: Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, 2425 Sidney Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm


Meet LifeX™
Host: LifeX™
 Visit the LifeX™ facility in Pittsburgh’s Strip District and celebrate with us as we move into the space. LifeX™ is a US-based biotechnology commercialization platform to deliver first-in-class products to the market to alleviate suffering and death caused by large global unmet health needs such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes etc. The platform is comprised of LifeX™ Labs, Life X™ Seed, LifeX™ Capital and LifeX™ Portfolio. The event will feature time to get to know the LifeX team and portfolio company CEOs, as well as a cocktail reception.  
Location:  2124 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Sponsor: ThermoFisher Scientific



Human Engineering Research Lab Tour – An Exploration of Assistive Technology Research
Host: Human Engineering Research Lab at the University of Pittsburgh
Description: Hear from Founding Director and VA Senior Research Career Scientist, Dr. Rory Cooper, and tour HERL’s extensive lab space which includes a clinical laboratory, a robotics laboratory, and a prototyping and testing facility. HERL is at the forefront of assistive technology research seeking solutions to mobility problems for veterans and all people with disabilities using state-of-the-art laboratories and research instruments. HERL’s research encompasses a wide spectrum of the most up-to-date technology, from virtual reality experiments to electronics work with robotics to 3D computer modeling, printing, and machining.
Location: Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Avenue, Suite 400, Pittsburgh, PA 15206-402
Time: 9am-11am                              


Explore Oasis Farm and Fishery – Homewood’s Bioshelter and Aquaponics System
Host: Oasis Farm and Fishery
Description: Take a tour and learn about the economic impact of the Oasis Farm and Fishery in Homewood. An urban micro-farm with a DC solar-powered greenhouse with hydroponic and aquaponic growing systems, the site includes a bioshelter, on-site rainwater capture, and planting areas for crops. It was built in partnership of University of Pittsburgh Katz Business School and the Business of Humanity Project. The Aquaponics system contains a deep-water culture bed growing primarily lettuce and herbs, four media beds that grows a variety of vegetables, and a 250-gallon fish tank that raises 50 fish. The Bioshelter provides educational experiences about gardening, aquaponics, green infrastructure, and healthy food preparation. It also provides sustainable revenue streams to support educational and social service programs in Homewood.
Location: 7238 Fleury Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Time: 2pm -3pm


AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup International Finals & IEEE N3XT Frontier Tech Keynote
Host: AlphaLab Gear

Description: AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup and IEEE N3XT are teaming up to bring a fantastic night of frontier tech, hardware startups, and connecting. Hear from keynote speakers on "Getting Beyond #MeToo: A Discussion on Culture in the Startup Environment." Then watch as Hardware Cup finalists from all over the globe compete for the $50,000 grand prize from Startbot VC. And stick around for the networking reception to connect with hundreds of attendees from the IEEE technical professional community, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners, angel investors and VCs, and the startup community at large.
Location: Ballroom, Ace Hotel, 120 S. Whitfield St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm IEEE Keynotes & Fireside Chat

  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup pitch competition

  • 8:00pm IEEE & AlphaLab Gear host #PartyLikeAnEngineer networking reception



Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance – From the Bench to the Playing Field: The Journey from Idea to Commercialization
Panel Host: Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance

Breakfast Host: Pittsburgh CREATES
Description: The Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance (PHDA) represents an unprecedented collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Pittsburgh, and UPMC. This one-of-a-kind alliance is a wide-reaching commitment to advance technology and create new data-heavy health care innovations resulting in spin-off companies and furthering economic development in the region. The panel will feature key stakeholders in the PHDA to discuss the process of taking an idea and growing it to commercialization.

Panelists include:

  • Don Taylor, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data, University of Pittsburgh

  • Joe Marks, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Machine Learning and Health, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Jeffrey Depp, Innovation Institute, University of Pittsburgh

  • Carl Kingsford, PhD, Center for Machine Learning and Health, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Rebecca Jacobson, MD, Vice President, UPMC Enterprises

  • Rob Hartman, PhD, (moderator), UPMC Enterprises

Location: University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall, 7th Fl. Lobby and Auditorium, 4227 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

  • Pre-Panel Breakfast: A breakfast buffet will be served from 9:00am to 10:00am

  • Panel Discussion: Panel will begin at 10:00am and conclude by 11:00am


Translating Regenerative Medicine-Based Discoveries to the Market
Host: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Innovation Institute

Description: Visit the McGowan Institute to tour the Biological Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering Lab (Dr. Stephen Badylak), Cardiac Tissue Engineering Lab (Dr. William Wagner), Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Repair Lab (Dr. Bryan Brown), and Thoracic Aortic Disease Lab (Dr. Juile Phillippi). Following the tour, hear about recent spin-outs by McGowan affiliated faculty including LyGenesis (Liver Therapy), Renerva (Nerve Regeneration), and Restoure (Esophageal Repair).
Location: Room 402, Bridgeside Point II, 450 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA  15219
Time: 1pm-3:30pm
Sponsor: PMI - Preclinical Medevice Innovations


Top of the Funnel Commercial Translation Workshop: Aiming Your Basic Research Toward Commercial Applications
Host: sciVelo at the University of Pittsburgh
 Designed for University of Pittsburgh research investigators this workshop will: Inform what is commercial translation at the “top of the funnel” and why it’s important, demonstrate how basic scientific and translational research investigators engage sciVelo’s resources early in the research process to maximize the potential impact of Pitt’s world-class research, and showcase program outcomes in collaboration with the Innovation Institute and Office of Corporate Engagement.
Location: sciVelo Office, 3602 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Time: 4pm


Project Olympus Show&Tell
Host: Carnegie Mellon University
 Project Olympus is a startup incubator program that encourages and supports entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. It helps faculty, students, and staff turn their cutting-edge research and great ideas into startups. This showcase will feature research, startups, and spinoffs.
Location: McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon, 5032 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Time: 4:30-6:00pm



Closing Reception
Host: Oakland Business Improvement District and Avenu

Description: Join us as we cap off a week of dynamic engagements focused on the intersection of the life sciences and business.
Location: Frick Fine Arts Cloister, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Time: 4:30pm
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

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