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

(PGH – 4/16/2019) 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. 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.
— Sean Luther, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Innovation District

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.

Sean Luther