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LYNN
BANASZAK (BRUSCO)
Carnegie Mellon University

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Lynn is an instrumental part of the economic development, civic, entrepreneurial, life sciences and innovation communities and a respected national thought leader.

Currently, she is the founding Executive Director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Since launching the institute in 2013, DHTI has awarded more than $5M to 38 new, disruptive technologies that are bringing transformational improvements in the affordability, accessibility, quality and simplicity of health care solutions. She is attracting philanthropic support, industry partnerships and clinical collaborations with researchers and clinicians while also positioning claims data as part of the payer, provider, innovator business model that DHTI is using to deploy innovation.

Over the last 17 years, Lynn has been responsible for developing strategic road mapping for many health care and life sciences companies and has overseen investment, product and technology development and brand implementation for technology startups. In her former role, as Chief Relationship Officer at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, she served as a director of the organization and as the chief communications and marketing executive and was instrumental in many regional, national and global efforts positioning our community as a health care and life sciences leader. She crafted brand strategy and creative for many of the companies in PLSG's investment portfolio and was a founding Director of the region's first ever life sciences-focused venture fund, the $8.1M Accelerator Fund, LLC. During her time with PLSG, she was on the executive team that made 173 investments for $18.7 million in 76 companies. In that role, she was a key member of the region's civic leadership creating vitality, wealth creation and jobs in the region.

Lynn secured a prominent role in international business development and positioning of the regional biotechnology community in the 2008 Presidential election, acted as a lead content expert for the 2010 G-20 media coverage and 2011 Presidential Jobs Plan language. She was invited to testify for the US Senate Biosciences Manufacturing Caucus in 2012. In 2013, Lynn met with White House Special Assistant to the President and Director of Private Sector Engagement and the Chief Advocacy Counsel of the Small Business Administration to position the western Pennsylvania life sciences industry as a national model of innovation and start-up company development and worked to develop a delivery model for the President's BioEconomy Blueprint. She is a founding board member of the TechBelt Initiative.

The TechBelt Initiative is a network of technology and innovation stakeholders who perceived the value of a collaboration to accelerate economic growth within the Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia region. She was part of the committee that secured $30 million from the White House and Department of Defense to establish the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, Ohio.

In 2013, Lynn directed and instructed the inaugural Coulter at Pitt coursework for the $3.54 million initiative to give research scientists, clinicians, and other interested parties the basic information necessary to assess the commercial, therapeutic or diagnostic potential of basic science research discoveries. She continues a member of that advisory board.

Lynn's work in regional economic development began when she was recruited from the aerospace industry to be a part of the team that started the Engineering Tissue Growth Conference (now the Regenerative Medicine International Conference). During that time she formed a comprehensive global initiative and a strategic partnership with the Tissue Engineering Society, obtained more than $1 million in community support and philanthropic funding through a comprehensive regional economic development program, attracted more than 1000 attendees to the inaugural event and generated more than $1/2 million in sponsorship revenue for launch.

Lynn is a Founding Board Member of Pittsburgh Women in Bio, a member of the Board of Directors of Coro Pittsburgh, Founding member of the ACG Women's Leadership Forum, a commercialization mentor for the Chatham University MYBoard for Women Entrepreneurs, a committee member for the inaugural Women and Girls Foundation Crossroads Conference, an Advisor for the Pitt Coulter Translational Research Program, a Mentor for AlphaLab Gear, Co-Chair of the 3 Rivers Venture Fair Marketing Committee & member of the Strategic Leadership Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the SciTech at Carnegie Science Center, member of the Economic Indicators Committee, Allegheny Conference on Community Development and on the Talent Attraction and Retention Committee at the Pittsburgh Technology Council. She also mentors women through the Women and Girls' Foundation GirlGOV, the 100+ Women Who Care Pittsburgh movement, the ACG Women's Leadership Forum, Gwen's Girls, the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and A Day in My Shoes Pittsburgh. Lynn is a frequent guest co-host of the Pittsburgh Technology Council's TechVibe Radio show.

Recently, Lynn was selected as a Pittsburgh Business Times 2016 BusinessWomen First award winner. She was the recipient of the 2015 Athena of Greater Pittsburgh Award and was selected as a featured leader in the national FierceWomenProject. She was also named one of the Pittsburgh Business Times 2013 BusinessWomen First award winners. The National Diversity Council named Lynn one of Pennsylvania's Most Powerful and Influential Women of 2012. She is a contributor to TEQ Magazine and has written many editorial features about the life sciences industry and innovation and entrepreneurial communities. Lynn is a national innovation thought leader and advisor for events like the Louisville Innovation Summit, a coach for the AARP Miami Innovation Competition, the SXSW Vegas and Impact Pediatric Health Pitch Competitions and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation Health Fellows Program.

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