PLSG Industry Collaborations

Cultivating connections to propel high-impact life sciences success.

Entrepreneurship may start with an individual and an innovative idea, but it takes a team to create a marketable product and a sustainable business. Over the years, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG) has carefully cultivated an ecosystem of people, knowledge and technology to connect our region’s life sciences innovators with the global biotechnology industry.

As the only organization exclusively dedicated to life sciences industry growth in western Pennsylvania, PLSG has the unique ability to connect innovators with networks that inspire ideas, produce research and product teams and open new capital streams. PLSG leads collaborations that drive regional industry growth and benefit individual companies, such as:

  • Capital investment networks. We develop and maintain venture capital partnerships to make funding more accessible for our region’s life sciences companies.
  • Global trade missions. We lead and facilitate trade missions in Europe and Asia to identify strategic and cost-effective business development opportunities.
  • Regional networking events. We work with regional industry groups to create opportunities for peer-to-peer collaboration.
  • Industry promotions. Through international conferences and media relations, we promote our region’s life science innovations and achievements.

Academic partnerships

PLSG works closely with Technology Transfer offices at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to drive innovation from the bench through the commercialization pipeline.

We mentor students from the region’s universities through our Executive Program Internship experience. PLSG and CMU offer a formal internship program for students to work directly with PLSG portfolio companies.

PLSG also works directly with the Center for Economic Development (CED) at CMU’s Heinz College to improve the Pittsburgh region’s institutions, communities, and economy. PLSG’s President and CEO John W. Manzetti is a CED Fellow and is opening up learning opportunities in policy and practice for students interested in economic development and the life sciences industry.

TechBelt Initiative

The PLSG is a founding member of the TechBelt Initiative, which was established in 2008 and has been growing ever since. It was formed to redesign the relationship between Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Initiative members believe that communication and collaboration between these geographic areas is key to economic and technological growth. The original vision for the TechBelt Initiative came from the leadership of Pennsylvania and Ohio congressmen who recognized the capabilities in the region could be better aligned to compete in a global marketplace.