"There is an interesting story about how I was motivated to be in the field of academic commercial translation. My mom and I were having our usual phone chats when she informed me about a relative who had recently lost his fight against cancer. I was close to that relative and the news of his death saddened me. To cheer me up, my mother jokingly asked how far along I was in developing the next blockbuster cancer drug. I didn’t have an answer that day, but the conversation set my mind to think about the application of my research to something that could dramatically improve the lives of others. That phone conversation planted the ‘first seeds of commercial translation’ in my mind."
Annie Ghosh, PhD
"Annie was a core part of our sciVelo-CHP team at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and a driving factor in our early success. Throughout Annie’s time at sciVelo-CHP, she consistently led our invention disclosure delivery pipeline across all sciVelo themes. Most notably Annie assisted dozens of investigators to ensure their respective projects maintained momentum toward commercial translation. All of which are still ongoing today thanks to Annie’s hard work during our early engagement with the project teams."
Ross Beresford (Program Manager at sciVelo-CHP Office)
“Annie is prime example of how perseverance and getting out of one’s comfort zone will lead to career success. Academic commercial translation support is hard to do – it requires combining a deep knowledge of science and business and having the ability to lead and influence others to follow a disciplined plan to commercial implementation. Academic commercial translation also requires exquisite coordination among complex organizational structures to get things done. I am proud for how much Annie invested in overcoming these challenges and both Pitt and the investigators she served are for the better. Annie will be a potent technology transfer and commercial translation leader at Purdue and we are grateful for her contributions here at Pitt.”
Donald P. Taylor, PhD, MBA, CLP, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Translation, Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics, and Executive Director, sciVelo