“What sciVelo offers, which is hard to get somewhere else on campus, is a different type of leadership experience. The experience you gain at sciVelo involves building and leading diverse teams with clinicians and researchers to pitch for half-a-million-dollar (or more) translational research projects and developing strategies to complete those projects with different end-goals than a typical academic research project. This teaches a mix of skills that really differentiate sciVelo commercial translation architects and associates when they are securing their next job whether inside or outside of academia.”
Andrew Brown, PhD, Assistant Director of Commercial Translation Programs at sciVelo.
“I am fascinated by the great ideas the [Pitt] faculty have and I enjoy working on a problem, narrowing it down, and figuring out what the differentiating factor is compared to other solutions that exist. After projects get funded, I also enjoy going through the project phase, helping the team stay on track and to think about their commercialization pathway in collaboration with the Innovation Institute’s commercialization team of EIRs and licensing managers.”
Kathrin Gassei, PhD, Assistant Director of Commercial Translation Architecture at sciVelo.
“We created sciVelo in 2016 to accelerate translational research towards commercialization. Building and enabling a team of leaders – who take risks and remain undeterred on the goals – was the most important part. Andrew and Kathrin have formed exceptional leadership skills over the years in a complex environment and those who are mentored by them are also sure to succeed.”
Donald P. Taylor, PhD, MBA, CLP, Founder and Executive Director of sciVelo.