Advisors


Available to give advice to the Program and support the project teams, our 85 Advisors include clinicians experienced in translation, business leaders accomplished in biomedical commercialization, experts in regulatory affairs and reimbursement, representatives from major biomedical firms, and local and national venture capitalists. About 25% of our Advisors are from out of the region, with some traveling long distances to keep involved in exciting biomedical developments at Pitt. Program staff works throughout the year to maintain existing and develop new Advisor relationships. 

Advisors

Gianna Arnold Partner

Organization:
Saul Ewing LLP

[Bio]
Jason Baim Vice President Corporate Development

Organization:
Net Health

[Bio]
Sudeep Basu , PhD Practice Leader, Innovation Services

Organization:
Frost and Sullivan

[Bio]
H.P. Beers Principal

Organization:
Strategic Business Development

Jan Berkow , MD, MBA Consultant

Organization:
ChironTec LLC

[LinkedIn]
Nehal Bhojak Director, Healthcare & Life Sciences Initiatives

Organization:
Idea Foundry

[Bio - scroll down]
Philip Brooks , MS, MBA President
Executive in Residence

Organization:
Brooks Consulting, Innovation Institute

[Bio]
Spencer Brown , PhD Director of Surgical Research

Organization:
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

[Bio]
Lynn Brusco Executive Director

Organization:
Disruptive Health Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

[Bio]
Babs Carryer Director of Education and Outreach
Blog Writer
Co-founder and Board Director

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, NewVenturist Blog, LaunchCyte

[Bio]
Steve Cherin Principal

Organization:
Cherin Law Offices, PC

[Bio]
Chad A. Coberly , JD Vice President, Clinical, Regulatory & Legal Affairs

Organization:
Cohera Medical, Inc.

[Bio]
Sue Cohen , PhD, MBA Associate Professor of Business Administration

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh

[Bio]
Peter DeComo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Organization:
ALung Technologies

[Bio]
Denise DeSimone Chairman and Founder

Organization:
C-Leveled

[Bio]
Robert J. Dickson Chief Financial Officer

Organization:
CardiacAssist, Inc. dba TandemLife

[Bio - scroll down]
Mark DiSilvestro , PhD President

Organization:
Vista Management Consulting, LLC

[LinkedIn]
Ann Dugan , MBA Managing Director, Family Advisory Services

Organization:
Headwaters SC

[Bio]
Evan Facher , PhD, MBA Director, Enterprise Development

Organization:
Innovation Institute, University of Pittsburgh

[LinkedIn]
Maria Fagan President

Organization:
R&Q

[R&Q Site]
Phil Farabaugh , MBA Strategic Consultant and Financial Executive

Organization:


[LinkedIn]
Michael Fare Owner

Organization:
Mediverse Consulting, LLC

Steven Girouard , PhD President and CEO

Organization:
Securus Medical Group, Inc.

Keith Giuliani CEO

Organization:
Savvior

[Bio]
Rebecca Gottlieb , PhD Senior Director of Advanced Research

Organization:
Medtronic Diabetes

[LinkedIn]
Carolyn Green Executive Director, Strategic Investments

Organization:
Pfizer Worldwide R&D

[LinkedIn]
David Griffiths Deputy Director, Business Development & Licensing

Organization:
Bayer

[LinkedIn]
Kilichan Gurleyik , DSc Assistant Professor of Bioengineering

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh

[Bio]
C.J. Handron Co-Founder and CEO

Organization:
Diamond Kinetics

[Bio]
Arjun Hattiangadi , MBA Director, Portfolio Management and Development

Organization:
UPMC Enterprises

[LinkedIn]
Alan Hirschman , PhD Professor, Bioengineering
Executive Director, Center for Medical Innovation

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh

[Bio]
Vijay Iyer , PhD, MBA Vice President

Organization:
BioEnterprise

[Bio]
Justine Kasznica , JD Special Counsel

Organization:
Saul Ewing LLP

John Kellum , MD Professor, Critical Care Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering and Clinical & Translational Science
Vice Chair for Research
Director, Bioengineering and Organ Support Program, CRISMA Center
Director, Center for Assistance in Research using eRecord (CARe)

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh

[Bio]
Edward Kim Principal
Board Member and Chief Strategy Officer

Organization:
K5 Velocity Ventures, BrainFx

[Bio]
Matthias Kleinz Engagement Manager

Organization:
L.E.K. Consulting's Healthcare and Life Sciences

[LinkedIn]
Andy Kuzneski , III President

Organization:
Kuzneski Financial Group

[Bio - scroll down]
Kathleen Kuznicki, PhD Intellectual Property Attorney

Organization:
Lynch Weis, LLC

[Bio]
Scott Lammie Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President, Insurance Services Division

Organization:
UMPC Health Plan

[Bio - scroll down]
Michael Lang CEO

Organization:
NanoVision Diagnostics

[Bio]
Keith LeJeune , PhD VP Innovation Deployment

Organization:
Allegheny Health Network

Michael Madison Professor of Law
Faculty Director

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh, Innovation Practice Institute

[Bio]
Craig S. Markovitz , MBA Principal

Organization:
MDL Ventures

[Bio - scroll down]
John Marous President and CEO

Organization:
CardiacAssist, Inc, dba TandemLife

[Bio - scroll down]
Bob Marshall Director of Growth
Senior Principal Engineer

Organization:
Regulatory & Quality Solutions LLC

[R&Q Site]
Dan Mattson , MBA Vice President

Organization:
CIMA Technology, Inc.

[LinkedIn]
Eileen McCullough Founder and Managing Director

Organization:
ConsultEMed, LLC

[Bio]
Scott Morley , MBA Vice President, Marketing

Organization:
ALung Technologies

Catherine Mott , MBA President and CEO of BlueTree Capital Group and BlueTree Allied Angel
Former Chairman of the Board for the Angel Capital Association

Organization:
Angel Capital Association

[LinkedIn]
Noah Papas Clinical Project Manager

Organization:
Philips

[LinkedIn]
Mel Pirchesky President

Organization:
Eagle Ventures

[Bio]
Mark Redfern , PhD Vice Provost for Research,
William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Bioengineering
Professor, Departments of Otolaryngology, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh

[Bio]
Sam Reiman Senior Program Officer

Organization:
McCune Foundation

[Bio]
Steven Reis , MD Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research, Health Sciences

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh

[Bio]
John Reyher Sr. Vice President and General Manager

Organization:
StelKast Inc.

[Stelkast]
Hank Safferstein , PhD President and CEO
Adjunct Professor of Business
Executive in Residence

Organization:
Cognition Therapeutics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

[Bio]
Bipin Salunkhe , PhD, MBA Senior Director of New Product Development

Organization:
Bayer Medical Care

[LinkedIn]
Steven Shapiro , MD Executive Vice President

Organization:
UPMC

[Bio]
Jash Sharma , MD Founder and President

Organization:
CIMA Technology, Inc.

[Article]
Stephen Snowdy , PhD, MBA Owner
CEO
CEO

Organization:
Ansley Venture Consulting, Visioneering Technologies, Abby Med LLC

[LinkedIn]
Lorenzo Soletti , PhD Co-Founder and Director of Research and Development

Organization:
Neograft Technologies, Inc

[LinkedIn]
Jay Srini , MBA Chief Strategist
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Health and Rehab Sciences

Organization:
SCS Ventures, University of Pittsburgh

[LinkedIn]
Dietrich Stephan , PhD Chairman, Department of Human Genetics

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh

[Bio]
Dennis Swanson Assistant Dean for Special Projects
Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh

[Bio]
Niall Sweeney Principal
Senior Advisor

Organization:
Dunkeld Consulting, Popper and Co.

[LinkedIn]
Donald Taylor , PhD, MBA Executive-in-Residence
CEO and Managing Director
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Plastic Surgery
Adjunct Professor of Information Sciences

Organization:
Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, bioStratica, LLC, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University

[Bio]
Lans Taylor , PhD Allegheny Foundation Professor of Computational and Systems Biology
Director, Drug Discovery Institute

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh

[Bio]
Robert Towarnicki Managing Partner

Organization:
New Hope BioConsulting

[LinkedIn]
Patsy Trisler , JD, RAC Owner & Principal Consultant - Regulatory Consulting, Medical Devices

Organization:
Trisler Consulting

[Bio]
Ned Uber , PhD Medrad Fellow, Radiology and Interventional

Organization:
Bayer

[LinkedIn]
Raymond Vennare Chairman and Acting CEO

Organization:
Cvergenx Inc.

[Bio]
David Vorp , PhD Associate Dean for Research
William Kepler Whiteford Professor
Professor of Bioengineering, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Surgery
Co-Director, Center for Medical Innovation

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh

[Bio]
Richard Walker , JD, MBA Co-Founder

Organization:
Impellia

[Bio]
Jordan Warshafsky Partner

Organization:
Ashton Tweed, Ltd

[Bio]
Marshall Webster , MD Senior Vice President

Organization:
UPMC

[Bio]
Stephen Winowich President
Senior Advisor, Artificial Heart Program

Organization:
Procirca, UPMC

[Bio]
Hal Wrigley , DMD Board Advisor

Organization:
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Bioengineering and School of Dental Medicine

[Bio]
Larry Zana , MS CEO & Co-Founder

Organization:
Qrono Inc.

[Bio - scroll down]

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