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Pitt's innovation efforts snag national attention

| Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

The University of Pittsburgh is picking up national attention for its most recent work to boost Pittsburgh’s status as an international center of innovation.

The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities announced Monday that Pitt is among six public research universities that are finalists for its annual Innovation and Economic Prosperity Awards.

That recognition comes more than a decade after Pitt gained national attention for its role in crafting Pittsburgh’s comeback kid reputation as an “eds and meds” city, following the decline of the steel industry.

Pitt and Iowa State University are finalists in the Innovation award category for projects triggering innovation, entrepreneurship and technology-based economic development.

Pitt won recognition for its effort in concert with a Brookings Institution study to develop and implement a strategy to make Pittsburgh one of the 30 most innovative cities in the world.

APLU pointed to the university’s purchase of the former Allegheny County Health Department building and its plan to develop it into an innovation hub to host students, researchers and businesses as well as Pitt’s commitment to create a mixed used research facility to host the UPMC Immune Transplant and Therapy Center.

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