Innovation Institute Blog

SBIR Workshop

Last month the Innovation Institute and the Office of Sponsored Programs welcomed consulting firm McAllister & Quinn to deliver a workshop covering the benefits of applying for federal research funding via the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and helpful information on writing an effective application.  These programs offer non-dilutive grants through 11 different federal agencies to small businesses, including those seeking to bring university-developed innovations to market.
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On the Outside Looking In

The Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association recently convened a panel of venture capitalists from outside the region to gain an understanding of what they are looking for in investment prospects here in Pittsburgh. Three of my colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, Tony Torres, Kelly Dane and Paul-Valentin Pitou, have spent the past 18 months in a focused effort to do much the same.
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Meet our Volunteer Mentor of the Year: Paula Grendys

There is no guidebook for every path that entrepreneurs navigate, but there are those that have been on the path before who can point way. That's why our volunteer mentors are crucial here at the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute.  Our mentors provide support for Pitt faculty, students, and staff ranging from pitch preparation to honest, real world business input. They are integral to our work.
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Perspectives on Corporate Innovation

Michael Docherty returned to Pittsburgh (his hometown) last year on a contract basis to help Innovation Works launch a regional Corporate Innovation Program. The program is focused on helping large companies connect and collaborate with our area’s entrepreneurs and startups. Mike was able to apply his global experiences as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, venture investor and as a matchmaker for innovation ‘seekers’ and ‘solvers’. After recently transitioning the corporate innovation role over to a full-time Innovation Works team, he spoke with us about his experiences, his views on Pittsburgh’s innovation ecosystem and what’s next for him.
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Pitt Innovates Spotlight: A Fresh Pair of Eyes

July 29, 2019 By Karen Woolstrum Pitt researchers are passionate about their cutting edge discoveries that can positively impact lives.  The Pitt Innovates Spotlight illuminates Pitt researchers and how they are translating some of their lab discoveries to real-world applications. For Alexis Nolfi, her quest to deliver a better therapy for dry eye is personal one.  After visiting her own eye doctor for a persistent dry eye problem, Alexis and her doctor realized that available treatments, most of which are eye drops, were falling short of treating dry eye patients' symptoms.  “What’s the first thing your optometrist or ophthalmologist does before they administer eye drops?  They hand you a tissue.  That’s because a majority of the product is not remaining on the eye but rather is being blinked out of the eye.  The little bit that remains is quickly dissipated,” she said.
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