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Lynn M. Banaszak is the executive director of the $26 M Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She is a respected healthcare innovation expert with national reach: guiding, mentoring and coaching professionals and start-up technology companies.

Since inception, DHTI has invested $5M in 38 projects led by CMU researchers who are working with industry, payers and providers striving to create disruptive healthcare solutions. Prior to her appointment at CMU, Lynn was Vice President and Chief Relationship Officer at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, a biotechnology investment organization, where for nearly a decade, she worked with 400 start-up companies, helped deploy nearly $20M in direct investment in 75 companies leveraging over $900 million in additional capital to the region. Lynn is also one of the original Directors of the $8.1M Accelerator Fund, LLC life sciences venture firm.

Lynn is a national innovation thought leader and advisor for events like the Louisville Innovation Summit, the AARP Innovation Competition, the SXSW Vegas and Impact Pediatric Health Pitch Competitions and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation Health Fellows Program. She currently mentors and coaches start-up companies in all technology sectors. Lynn was recruited by the University of Pittsburgh to facilitate the first Bench to Bedside course for the $5M Coulter Program, a campus-wide effort led by Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering that identifies, selects, funds and mentors translational research by clinician-engineer teams that address unmet clinical needs through innovative technologies. Lynn was recognized as one of Pittsburgh's Top Innovators in 2018, as one of only 3 Pittsburgh businesswomen on the 2017 national American Business Journals 'Women to Watch' list - - selected from 1000 women across the country. She was designated One of the Best Personalities of Pittsburgh, was selected as a Pittsburgh Business Times 2016 BusinessWomen First award winner and was the 2015 Athena of Greater Pittsburgh Award Winner for her influence and mentorship of women.

Lynn is the producer and co-host of the national podcast, Innovation Unleashed, which engages curious people who love discovering the "what's next" in technology solutions to help all of us live better lives. She has given nearly 100 national invited talks.

In 2016, Lynn and her family started The Caileigh Lynn McDowell Foundation in honor of the beautiful life of her precious 17 year old niece Caileigh, who tragically passed away in April 2016 due to catastrophic injuries from undiagnosed Crohn's Disease. The foundation is working to transform political, social and economic systems and institutions to create a kinder, more equitable and just society for all.

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