University of Pittsburgh

Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data
Transforming Innovations Into Healthcare Solutions

The Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data accelerates the translation of health data-focused technologies into products and services that save lives, improve health and reduce health care spending. We work with Pitt’s renowned researchers and industry partners to transform breakthrough university innovations into critically needed healthcare solutions.

The CCA is housed in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), a leader in improving research and clinical care at the intersection medicine, biotechnology and information technology.

Our Projects
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SPDx- Improving accuracy and efficiency of cancer diagnosis through solid tumor spatial analysis

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Fall Sentinel- multi-drug interaction analysis for fall risk reduction at skilled nursing facilities

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PUMP- Hospital acquired pressure ulcer prevention monitoring platform

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TDI- More accurate cancer diagnostics from identifying tumor driver genetic mutations

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MEDIvate- mHealth solution to improve medication outcomes through consumer engagement during transitions of care

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AuguryDX- Neonatal circulating cell-free DNA diagnostics for silent disease progression

Our Team

The CCA is led by Directors Michael Becich and Donald Taylor, who have built a team of experienced scientists, engineers, clinicians and entrepreneurs to engage with research to nurture commercial solutions that solve critical health problems.  The commercial translation efforts of the CCA are supported by sciVelo.

MichaelBecich

Michael J. Becich, MD, PhD

Chair, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Professor of Pathology, Computing/Information and Clinical/Translational Sciences

Associate Vice Chancellor for Informatics in the Health Sciences

Co-Director, Center for Commercial Application (CCA) of Healthcare Data

Associate Director for Cancer Informatics, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

LinkedIn

becich@pitt.edu

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Donald P. Taylor, PhD, MBA, MS

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Commercial Translation in the Health Sciences

Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics

Executive Director, sciVelo

Co-Director, Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data

Co-Director, Center for Medical Innovation

Co-Director, Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Innovation Core

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

LinkedIn

dtaylor@sciVelo.pitt.edu

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Andrew Brown, PhD

Senior Commercial Translation Program Manager, sciVelo

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics and Preventative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine

LinkedIn

abrown@scivelo.pitt.edu

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Peter Kant, MA

Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data Program Manager, sciVelo

Project Manager, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh

LinkedIn

pkant@sciVelo.pitt.edu

KathrinGassei_201705

Kathrin Gassei, PhD, MS

Commercial Translation Architect, sciVelo

Biologist, Immunetrics

LinkedIn

kgassei@sciVelo.pitt.edu

BradleyCampbell_201705

Bradley Campbell, PhD, MS

Commercial Translation Associate, sciVelo

TL1 CTS Fellow, Institute for Clinical Research Education, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

LinkedIn

bcampbell@sciVelo.pitt.edu

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Aneesh Ramaswamy

Jr. Commercial Translation Associate, sciVelo

PhD Candidate, Department of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

LinkedIn

aramaswamy@scivelo.pitt.edu 

AlyssaLypson_201705

Alyssa B. Lypson

Marketing and Communications Manager, sciVelo

PhD Candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

LinkedIn

alypson@scivelo.pitt.edu

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