People - Office of the Coulter Program Director

Coulter Program Director

Allison Formal, MBA


Allison started her professional career at Pfizer and has over 30 years of industry experience creating business alliances to advance biomedical innovations toward commercialization. She was most recently an Entrepreneur in Residence at UCLA with the Technology Development Group, and a consultant for Tollbridge Therapeutics founded by Nobel Laureate Bruce Beutler and the Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Research Foundation (MPNRF) where she now serves on the Board of Directors. Allison has been and remains focused on strategic planning and implementation for successful proof of concept studies. As the VP of Research Business Development at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Allison played a key role building the successful venture philanthropy arm, the Therapy Acceleration Program (TAP). She created more than 60 research and development partnerships, investing in biopharmaceutical companies and academic researchers to develop therapies and diagnostics aimed at changing the standard of care for blood cancers. Allison has also held several leadership roles in biopharmaceutical companies including: VP, Business Development, MediQuest; VP, Business Development, Neuralstem; Director, International Division of Watson Pharmaceutical (now Allergan); and Director, Business Development, Humanitarian Aid Division of Schein-Bayer Pharmaceutical. Other roles played by Allison include oversite committee member for the Translational Medicine and Commercialization Program at the University of Michigan Medical School (MTRAC, a program in the state of Michigan modeled on the Coulter process), a member of the grant review committee funding Bio-Therapeutic innovations at Oregon Health & Sciences University and working with the commercialization committee at Washington State University. She earned her MBA in finance and marketing from Marymount University. 


324 Benedum Hall 
3700 O'Hara Street 
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Fax: 412-6243699

Coulter Program Administrator

Lindsay J Rodzwicz, BS 


Department of Bioengineering
302 Benedum Hall 
3700 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 
Telephone: 412-624-3495 

Coulter Program Staff

Shubhangi Lal, MBA

Portfolio Manager

Telephone: 412-624-0100

Vaishali Shetty


Coulter Fellow