congratulates its faculty members—Marco Zenati, MD (pictured top), Patrick Kochanek, MD (middle), and Dennis McNamara, MD (bottom)—for their 2008 research technology transfer efforts. As reported by the University Times, three start-up companies based on innovations developed at Pitt were created in fiscal year 2008, bringing the total number of start-ups to 69 since Pitt’s Office of Technology Management (OTM) opened in 1996.
The start-ups created in 2008 all were based in the health sciences. They are:
- Cardiorobotics, Inc., which is developing robotic probes for use in minimally invasive cardiac and other surgeries. Marco Zenati, professor of surgery, is a company co-founder and chairs its scientific advisory board.
- EPR-Technologies, Inc., which uses new emergency hypothermia procedures to put trauma victims into temporary suspended animation until treatment can be obtained. The process and equipment were developed by Patrick Kochanek, Xianren Wu and William Stezoski, all of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, and Samuel Tisherman of the Department of Surgery.
- Prevencio, LLC, which was formed to utilize discoveries by William LaFramboise of the Department of Pathology and Oscar Marroquin, Dennis McNamara, and Suresh Mulukutla of the Department of Medicine. The researchers developed a series of protein signatures detectable in body fluids that can reveal signs of vascular disease.
Marc Malandro, associate vice chancellor for Technology Management and Commercialization, stated that OTM is “excited to see a growing number of innovators participating in this process, suggesting that technology commercialization continues to play a growing role as part of the University’s overall goal to see products developed from its research benefit society.”
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
University of Pittsburgh University Times (11/06/08)
BioTech Transfer Week (11/05/08)
Bio: Marco Zenati, MD
Bio: Patrick Kochanek, MD
Bio: Dennis McNamara, MD