Lynn Banaszak - Producer
Lynn M. Banaszak is the executive director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) at Carnegie Mellon University(CMU). She is a one of Pittsburgh’s most connected executives with national reach: guiding, mentoring and coaching professionals and start-up technology companies.
Since 2013, DHTI has invested $5M in 38 projects led by CMU researchers who are working with industry, payers and providers striving to create disruptive healthcare solutions. Prior to her appointment at CMU, Lynn was Vice President and Chief Relationship Officer at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, a biotechnology investment organization, where for nearly a decade, she worked with 400 start-up companies, helped deploy nearly $20M in direct investment in 75 companies leveraging over $900 million in additional capital to the region. Lynn was also one of the original Directors of the $8.1M Accelerator Fund, LLC life sciences venture firm.
Lynn was recently recognized as one of only 3 Pittsburgh businesswomen on the national 2017 American Business Journals 'Women to Watch' list - - selected from 1000 women across the country. She was designated One of the Best Personalities of Pittsburgh, was selected as a Pittsburgh Business Times 2016 BusinessWomen First award winner and was the 2015 Athena of Greater Pittsburgh Award Winner. In addition, Lynn was recruited by the University of Pittsburgh to facilitate the first Bench to Bedside course for the $5M Coulter Program, a campus-wide effort led by Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering that identifies, selects, funds and mentors translational research by clinician-bioengineer teams that address unmet clinical needs through innovative technologies. Lynn is a national innovation thought leader and advisor for events like the Louisville Innovation Summit, a coach for the AARP Miami Innovation Competition, the SXSW Vegas and Impact Pediatric Health Pitch Competitions and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation Health Fellows Program.
Lynn along with her sisters founded The Caileigh Lynn McDowell Foundation in honor of the beautiful life of her 17 year old precious niece Caileigh, who tragically passed away in April 2016 due to catastrophic injuries from undiagnosed Crohn’s Disease. The foundation is working to transform political, social and economic systems and institutions to create a kinder, more equitable and just society for all. While also advocating specifically about issues that affect teenage girls.