Innovation Institute Blog

Stopping a Silent Killer

Pitt smashed its record for startups in Fiscal 2018, which concludes today.  (Final numbers for the year will be reported next month.) One of the driving factors for the increase in startup activity is an evolution in policy at the university making it possible for faculty to take positions within a startup. Today we  catch up with Globin Solutions, a recent startup formed from research from the lab of Dr. Mark Gladwin, led by Jason Rose, an assistant professor, who is the new company's CEO.
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Pitt Biotech Spinout Oncorus Works Toward Clinical Trials

At the recent annual BIO International Convention, more than 18,000 attendees converged on Boston to chart the biotech industry’s future and hold nearly 47,000 partnering meetings, a certified world record. The Innovation Institute was on hand to showcase its portfolio of life science discoveries available for licensing and to seek potential partnerships with industry, entrepreneurs and investors. Once again, the red hot field of cancer immunotherapy was front and center in a lot of the discussions. While in Boston, we took the opportunity to visit Pitt spinout, Oncorus, which is developing therapies in the emerging oncolytic virus domain of immunotherapy, to get an update on the company’s progress.
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Who Defines the Value of Your Innovation? (Hint: It's Not You)

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Could You Use $1 million in Non-Dilutive Equity to Develop and Launch a New Product?

Next month, the SBIR Road Tour will be making a stop in Pittsburgh for a day-long event to promote the $2.5 billion in funding available from a dozen federal government agencies to help small businesses bring innovative new products and technologies to market.
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Pitt Student Startup Kickstarting Solar Power Adoption

Social entrepreneurship doesn’t necessarily mean an enterprise that does not make a profit. In the case of a Pitt student startup dedicated to unlocking solar power’s potential in the developing world, organizing as a Public Benefit Corporation is designed to help do well by doing good.  We welcome Jay Murray, CEO of Solinius, to our blog to introduce his company and the Kickstarter campaign he and his colleagues have launched around the cellular IoT development board they created to drive their system.
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