Pitt Innovators Named Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has selected three University of Pittsburgh professors among 83 academic inventors for the 2022 class of NAI Senior Members. They are: Antonio D’Amore, Research Assistant Professor, Surgery and Bioengineering and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Cecelia Yates, Associate Professor, Health Promotion & Development, School of Nursing Maliha Zahid, Assistant Professor, Developmental Biology NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators from NAI member institutions who have demonstrated remarkable innovation-producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. They also have growing success in patents, licensing and commercialization.

New Investment Fund Puts Emphasis on Diversity

The Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association is hosting a virtual event on February 15 titled "The Future of Venture Capital in Pittsburgh" featuring representatives from three relatively new investment firms who are seeking to diversify their investment portfolios. As we celebrate Black History Month, we caught up with a few of them to get their perspective on the value of pursuing diversity and what it means for expanding opportunities for women and minority entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh.

Calming the Cytokine Storm

When Samira Kiani’s father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer she scoured available clinical trials for cutting edge gene and cell therapies, but came away frustrated at the limitations posed by many of them as a result of their vulnerability to the body’s natural immune response to the therapies.