Other Life Sciences Initiatives
BioBreakfast is a weekly gathering of individuals in the Pittsburgh life sciences sector from 8-10 AM every Tuesday at the Pittsburgh Technology Council
Pittsburgh’s Biomedical Sector has long been very siloed. The medical professionals and university researchers do not interact with private industry enough and vice versa. Big companies and small companies are often completely disconnected.
The Biomedical Breakfasts is an attempt to bridge the divides between the disparate groups that shape the regional biomedical sector. Most importantly, the Breakfasts try to spur informal networking so that people can build stronger networks and help identify opportunities and individuals they can work with to advance ideas.
Innovation Works is dedicated to making Southwestern Pennsylvania a center for innovative startups and tech investors from around the country. As the most active seed-stage investor in the Pittsburgh region, IW serves an important role in Pittsburgh’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing technology entrepreneurs with the risk capital needed to develop new products and enter new markets. In 2015, IW provided $5.5 million in financial assistance, filling critical gaps in private sector funding at the riskiest phases of company development. Since its launch in 1999, IW has supported more than 300 companies with investments totaling $72.2 million. With its large and growing portfolio of high-quality companies, IW serves as a nexus of regional investment opportunities for venture capitalists and angel investors.
As the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health, Magee-Womens Research Institute is setting the national agenda in women’s health sciences, and shaping the future of women’s health through its discoveries in reproductive biology, breast cancer genomics and personalized therapies, HIV immunization and prevention, fertility preservation, and many other areas. Through our revolutionary 9-90™ research, we focus on how the first nine months of pregnancy and fetal development can affect population health for future generations. We firmly believe that new insights into the role of early human development in defining shortand long-term health and wellness will transform our understanding of disease development, treatment and prevention for humankind.
The University of Pittsburgh and its Graduate School of Public Health together with the Hillman Family Foundation are founding partners of LifeX Labs - investing in the future for those who are suffering and dying needlessly by providing infrastructure and expertise to move innovation out of the university and into the marketplace where they can fully impact patients. LifeX Capital is a separate organization that is independently funded.
UPMC Enterprises is using science and technology to solve some of health care’s greatest challenges. Leveraging the expertise of UPMC, one of the largest integrated health systems in the United States, UPMC Enterprises aims to improve lives by making health care more efficient, affordable, and personalized. Investing in innovative ideas at all stages of development, UPMC Enterprises works closely with entrepreneurs and provides full access to UPMC’s vast resources.
Life Sciences Pennsylvania’s mission is to ensure Pennsylvania is the United States hub for the life sciences by creating a business and public policy environment which fosters life sciences growth and success. Life Sciences Pennsylvania (formerly Pennsylvania Bio) was founded in 1989 by two Penn State researchers. It represents the entire life sciences industry – medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, investment organizations, research institutions, and myriad service industries that support the life sciences in Pennsylvania.
Leveraging “big data” to revolutionize health care and wellness is the focus of the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance, a powerful 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 over the coming years, resulting in spin-off companies and furthering economic development in the region.
The alliance will see its work carried out by Pitt-led and CMU-led centers, with participation from all three institutions. The centers will work to transform the explosion of health- related data into new technologies, products and services to change the way diseases are prevented and how patients are diagnosed, treated and engaged in their own care.
The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) is a nationally- recognized economic development, investment, business incubator firm committed to empowering entrepreneurs to build innovative and successful life sciences companies. As western Pennsylvania’s only investment organization with a pure life sciences focus, PLSG combines a deep knowledge of global industry trends, national networks and corporate collaborations to identify and develop worthy investment opportunities. Since the PLSG began operation in 2002, the team has assisted more than 450 life sciences companies in and around Pittsburgh, helping to create or retain over 2,300 direct jobs and affecting another 14,300 indirectly. In total, PLSG’s initial investments have leveraged over $1.8 billion in additional capital to the region.
The Disruptive Health Technology Institute is an environment where disruptive health care innovations are clinically tested and rapidly delivered to patients. The foundation of DHTI is a novel partnership between Carnegie Mellon University, Highmark Health, and Allegheny Health Network. This partnership is bolstered by agreements to enable seamless collaboration, including the sharing of anonymized payer data that provides deep insights into promising areas of opportunity for enhancing wellness while containing costs. Since 2013, DHTI has funded 38 projects led by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers who are striving to create disruptive solutions
The WIB-Pittsburgh chapter is working to support recognized and emerging women leaders in the biosciences industry of Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia. The organization’s mission is to promote knowledge sharing among women, impact regional economic growth and stimulate empowerment among women leaders. WIB-Pittsburgh encourages entrepreneurship, innovation, education, and mentorship among women across the region. Through WIB-Pittsburgh’s presence, women can connect and network with industry peers and optimize opportunities for professional development and career advancement.