ShareThis Page

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse wins grant to support health IT startups

| Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced $17 million in federal entrepreneurship grants Wednesday, including nearly $500,000 toward a South Side investment firm's efforts to support health information technology startups in the region.

The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, a public-private partnership between Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh's regional foundations, received $498,125 through the Commerce Department's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Together with a $500,000 local match, the funding will support information technology companies within the health care and biomedicine fields. President and CEO Jim Jordan said programs will include training for students on how to market health IT products and services, and help connecting users in the healthcare industry with new companies who can meet their needs.

Jordan said the region has great areas of expertise in the information technology field, but they need to learn the specifications and needs of the healthcare industry; other experts are in the healthcare field, but they sometimes require training in information technology.

The program's eventual goal is to create a “cluster” of local companies that would generate 200 new jobs in the region, according to a project summary .

In addition to providing financial investments, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse helps startups get laboratory and office space, bring products and services to the market and start new companies. Four out of every five startups supported by the incubator had survived as of 2014.

Correction: An earlier version of this story included an archive photo that identified John Manzetti as CEO of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. The current president and CEO is Jim Jordan.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, or on Twitter @msantoni.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me