Lynn Banaszak

Lynn Banaszak is the Executive Director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Since launching the institute in 2013, DHTI has awarded $4.5M to 34 new, novel disruptive technologies that are bringing transformational improvements in the affordability, accessibility, quality and simplicity of health care solutions. She is attracting industry partnerships and collaborations with researchers and clinicians while also positioning claims data as part of the payer, provider, innovator business model that DHTI is using to deploy innovation.

Over the last 16 years, Lynn has been responsible for developing strategic road mapping for many health care and life sciences companies and has overseen product and technology development and marketing implementation for technology startups. In her former role, as Chief Relationship Officer at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), she crafted brand, market and investment strategy for many of the companies in PLSG’s portfolio and was a founding Director of the region’s first ever life sciences-focused venture fund, the $8.1M Accelerator Fund, LLC. During her time with PLSG, she was on the executive team that worked with 400 companies and made 173 investments for $18.7 million in 76 companies.

Lynn is a Founding Board Member of Pittsburgh Women in Bio, a member of the Board of Directors of Coro Pittsburgh, Founding member of the ACG Women’s Leadership Forum, a commercialization mentor for the Chatham University MYBoard for Women Entrepreneurs, a committee member for the inaugural Women and Girls Foundation Crossroads Conference, an Advisor for the Pitt Coulter Translational Research Program, a Mentor for AlphaLab Gear, Co-Chair of the 3 Rivers Venture Fair Marketing Committee & member of the Strategic Leadership Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the SciTech at Carnegie Science Center, member of the Economic Indicators Committee, Allegheny Conference on Community Development and on the Talent Attraction and Retention Committee at the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

Lynn was recently presented with the 2015 ATHENA award – recognizing professional excellence, contributions to the community and mentorship of other women.