Innovators In Residence
Innovator-in-Residence (IIR). This novel program is founded on the concepts inherent in traditional Executive-in-Residence programs, in which experienced executives provide business mentorship to innovators. Our IIR approach provides in-the-trenches, hands-on mentorship to investigators addressing business, technical, and university policy challenges that will accelerate biomedical projects to commercialization. Dr. Donald Taylor (co-director of the Innovation as a Discipline program) leads this effort based on his experience directly navigating the University of Pittsburgh commercial translation landscape. The IIR leaders are active innovators and entrepreneurs familiar with the rapidly evolving biomedical marketplace. We select IIR leaders based on their alignment with university innovation project pipelines to ensure mutual support and benefit for both the Pitt faculty innovator and the IIR. IIR responsibilities include mentorship in the four Innovation Domains, facilitating industry networking, co-solving translational challenges across technology and university process, and serving as a role model to help inspire Pitt innovators to persevere through the daunting challenges of commercial translation.