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.

Presented by University of Pittsburgh, AvenuBio Breakfast, Carnegie Mellon UniversityIdea FoundryInnovation Works, Life Sciences Pennsylvania, Magee-Womens Research Institute, Oakland Business Improvement DistrictPittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, Pittsburgh Technology Council, The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)UPMC Enterprises, and Women In Bio



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, pharmaceutical companies, public health, and research. 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
Time: 12:30 Registration / 1pm Program / 2pm Reception


Life Science Investments – Pittsburgh’s Dynamic Translational Research is Attracting National Players
Host: University of Pittsburgh
 Vern Norviel, partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, will lead a discussion on current trends in life sciences investments and Pittsburgh’s role. Speakers will include representatives from Eli Lily, Pfizer, Hatteras Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates.
Location:  O’Hara Student Center, 4024 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 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 Company, Hatteras Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), and Pfizer, Inc.
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; and Michael Probst, Director, Corporate Development (M&A), Telefax. This session is designed for: Medical device C-level executives, Entrepreneurs, Researchers considering Tech Transfers, and anyone exploring relationships with medical device companies.
Time: 7:30-8am Registration/7:30-8:15am Networking and Breakfast/8:15-9:30am Panel Discussion
Sponsor: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney


Life Sciences B2B
Host: Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
Location: Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, 2425 Sidney Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm


Meet LifeX™
 Tour of LifeX™ facility in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Life X™ 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 special guest speaker(s) and a cocktail reception.
Location:  TBD
Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Sponsor: ThermoFisher Scientific


Human Engineering Research Lab Tour – An Exploration of Assistive Technology Research
Host: Human Engineering Research Lab
Description: 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                              


AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup International Finals & IEEE N3XT Frontier Tech Keynote
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
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM IEEE Keynotes & Fireside Chat / 7:00 - 8:30 PM AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup pitch competition / 8:00 PM IEEE & AlphaLab Gear host  #PartyLikeAnEngineer networking reception



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

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 PHDA leaders and funded projects to discuss the process of taking an idea and growing it to commercialization.
Location: William Pitt Union, Room 548, 3959 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Time: 9:30AM – Doors Open / 10:00AM – Panel Begins / 11:00AM – Panel Concludes


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


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: 4:30-6:00 pm



Legislative Roundtable (by invitation only)
Description: TBD
Time: TBD - morning
Location: TBD

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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