SHRS Innovation Seminar Series

SHRS Innovation Seminar Series

The SHRS Innovation Seminar Series is an opportunity for our community to gather together to learn about commercialization as an impactful rehabilitation research translation strategy. The open discussions included during each seminar are a networking opportunity and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration on specific commercialization projects.

The series is co-sponsored by the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Innovation Institute.SHRS Innovation Seminar - August 2022

August 8, 2022, 1-2 p.M.

"APO Technologies: From Invention Disclosure to failed startup"
With Dr. Goeran Fiedler from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology 

According to some statistics, 90% of startups fail. Dr. Fiedler's example, "APO Technologies" illustrates how this looks in practice; how a combination of misguided decisions, difficult environment, and simple bad luck doomed an initially promising business idea. 

Topics Discussed: 

  • The original idea 
  • Invention disclosure and navigating the Pitt commercialization pipeline 
  • Incubator/accelerator capital and federal funding 
  • Executing the business plan, setbacks and stalled momentum 
  • Running out of enthusiasm (and money) 
  • Shutting down the (ad)venture 
  • Lessons learned

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SHRS Innovation Seminar - July 2022

July 11, 2022, 1-2 p.M.

Regulatory Pathways to Clearance: Transitioning University Discoveries

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SHRS Innovation Seminar - May & June 2022 (Digital Screen)

June 13, 2022, 1-2 p.m.

Monetizing your Research Outcomes: A Q&A with Pitt Senior Licensing Manager George Coulston

In this open question and answer forum with one of the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute’s leading experts in technology transfer, George Coulston will offer his thoughts on how to secure and monetize your Pitt intellectual property while enhancing the impact of your research. 

(This session was not recorded.)


SHRS Innovation Seminar - May 2022 (Digital Screen)


May 9, 2022, 1-2 p.m.

"Diamond Kinetics:  From the Ball Field to the Lab, to the North Shore, and Beyond" with Dr. William (Buddy) Clark from the University of Pittsburgh Dept. Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Just ten years ago, the primary instrument for measuring sports motions on the field was the coach’s eyes, which often fall short in providing useful and objective information.  Diamond Kinetics was founded to fill that gap in baseball and softball with novel wearable sensing technology that, at the time, was just becoming feasible for capturing the high-speed human motions found in hitting and throwing in these games.  This talk will tell the story of the company’s journey from ball field to the lab, out of the university to a Pittsburgh startup, and back onto the field, transforming millions of swing and throw events each year into useful information for users.

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SHRS Innovation Seminar - April 2022 (Digital Screen) (4)

SHRS Innovation Seminar - April 2022 - Dr. Julie Faietas
April 11, 1-2 p.m.
Upgrading Our Approach to Digital Health Design with Dr. Julie Faieta from the University of Pittsburgh Dept. Rehabilitation Science and Technology. Development of Software as Medical Devices, or SaMD's, continues to outpace regulatory and clinical guidance. This presentation will offer up-to-date considerations and translational strategies for digital health design and evaluation approaches that consider consumers falling outside of the stereotypical technology user.
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SHRS Innovation Seminar - March-June 2022 (Social Media) (1)
SHRS Innovation Seminar - March 2022 - Dr. Youseph Yazdi
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