Pittsburgh Innovation District Helms Life Sciences Week and Welcomes Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Frances Arnold back to Pittsburgh
Dr. Frances Arnold returns to her hometown for keynote address May 13, 2019, co-presented by the Inspire Speaker Series
April 16, 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA) - Pittsburgh Innovation District is re-launching Pittsburgh’s Life Sciences week featuring 2018 Nobel Prize Winner and Pittsburgh native Dr. Frances Arnold. Only the fifth woman to win the top prize in Chemistry in 177 medalists, Dr. Arnold will share her keynote on May 13, 2019 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. The event is co-presented by the Inspire Speakers Series.
Life Sciences Week (#LSW19) is a five-day exploration of the cutting-edge research, innovation, and partnerships that define the future of global society. This year’s theme, Investing in a Smarter Life, draws on Pittsburgh’s unique position at the intersection of artificial intelligence and life sciences.
“We are elated and honored to welcome Dr. Frances Arnold back to Pittsburgh as part of Life Sciences Week this year,” explains Pittsburgh Innovation District Executive Director Sean Luther. “She is an inspiration to the scientific communities in Pittsburgh and around the world, and we are so fortunate to frame this event with her pioneering work.”
The week-long event highlights Oakland’s role as a collaborative center for industry, investment, research, and entrepreneurship in human health. Participants can attend a series of free panels, tours, and networking sessions through the brand-new The Oaklander Hotel, itself a testament to Oakland’s innovation assets.
Dr. Arnold is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry and Director of the Rosen Bioengineering Center at the California Institute of Technology, where she has been on the faculty since 1986. Recognized most recently with the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Arnold pioneered directed protein evolution and has used those methods for application in alternative energy, chemical synthesis, and medicine.
Launched in 2017 by the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Economic Partnerships, Life Science Week is made possible by an interdisciplinary partnership of Pittsburgh’s life science leadership. Core partners include: University of Pittsburgh, Bio Breakfast, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Green Building Alliance Innovation Works, Life X, Life Sciences Pennsylvania, Magee-Womens Research Institute, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, UPMC Enterprises, and Women In Bio. The keynote is presented in partnership with the Inspire Speakers Series, the city’s leading sustainability lecture circuit produced by Green Building Alliance
Tickets start at $40 ($20 for student tickets with a verified email address) and are available now at Eventbright.com. For a complete list of free programming throughout the week, visit lifesciencespittsburgh.com/program2019
About Pittsburgh Innovation District
The Pittsburgh Innovation District is a dynamic, dense, connective pulse of innovation rooted in the world-class research of Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and UPMC, situated in the heart of Pittsburgh’s compact landscape, and following its tradition of inventive grit. The Innovation District unites vital research, talent, technology, and an entrepreneurial spirit with the support, culture, amenities, and capital that allow innovators to thrive.
InnovatePGH is a next-generation public-private partnership built to accelerate Pittsburgh’s status as a global innovation city. A coalition of civic leaders representing the Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and regional philanthropies power the partnership.
About Inspire Speakers Series
Founded in 2012 by Green Building Alliance, the Inspire Speakers Series proposes a new vision for the city, one based on inclusive dialogue and shared prosperity. In its 8th season, the series has welcomed over 100 national thought leaders to discuss topics including public art, placemaking, and equitable development. Series highlights include Paul Hawken, Joel Glansberg, Toni Griffin, and Candy Chang.