Liftoff PGH in Motion Speaker Series
Addressing Disparities During a Pandemic
An Interactive Panel
Moderated by InnovatePGH’s Sean Luther, this interactive panel focused on innovations to address isolated and underserved populations. Sean will be joined by Tiffany L. Gary-Webb, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, Dan Swayze, Associate VP Clinical Affairs for Community Support Services UPMC Health Plan, and Geng Wang, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Civic Champs. We are also thrilled to welcome Vivian Lee, President of Health Platforms at Google's Verily.
Po-Shen Loh: Disrupting the Spread of COVID-19
Hosted by Kenny Chen
NOVID is the world's first contact tracing app able to annonymous and accurately measure the spread of COVID-19 spread. Founder and CMU Math professor Po-Shen Loh chatted about innovating for social good, interviewed by Co-Founder of the Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology (PART) Kenny Chen.
Gal Inbar: StartUp Nation
Founder of 412x972, Gal discussed how Israel became the world's largest entrepreneurship ecosystem. He explained Pittsburgh strong partnerships with Israeli firms, and how to enable more frequent collaboration.
Don Burke: Mapping a Pandemic
Former Dean of the Pitt School of Public Health Don Burke founded Epistemix, an epidemiological mapping platform, to model how specific communities would react to a wide range of behaviors. His company is now at the center of the pandemic he predicted 20 years earlier, and he presented how Allegheny could fair in a number of different policy scenarios.
Women in Healthcare Innovation
Featuring Liz Kaselitz and Amy Hartman
This spotlight on women's responses to the pandemic featured maternal health researcher Liz Kaselitz of Michigan State University and Amy Hartman, professor at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Vaccine Research. Liz detailed how pregnant women were responding during COVID019, while Amy explained how she came to run one of the most prominent (and dangerous) infectious disease laboratories in the world.