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AlphaLab Health launches with first class of entrepreneurs

The adoption of digital healthcare and innovation have moved at a rapid pace over the past year. But with more advancement comes more work. We are in need for more innovators. 

Cue AlphaLab Health’s newest cohort of entrepreneurs. The inaugural companies boast several life sciences innovations from the U.S. and overseas, and the entrepreneurs behind them will have access to the business mentorship expertise of Innovation Works and Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) clinical resources, as well as up to $100,000 in seed investment. The life sciences accelerator – launched in 2020 – is a joint project of Innovation Works and AHN, which is outfitting lab space for the accelerator at the Allegheny General Hospital Suburban Campus in Bellevue. 

“It’s a validation of what we set out to do, which is building a unique accelerator model that has attracted not only great companies locally, but even from across the nation,” said Richard Lunak, president and CEO of Innovation Works.

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PNC’s Debbie Guild Leads Cybersecurity at Major U.S. Bank

When you tap your debit card or withdraw money from an ATM, you are probably not thinking about the sophisticated systems that keep your personal and financial information secure. Yet, at a place like PNC, one of the largest banks in the U.S., a 2,000-person team in Pittsburgh and beyond build systems and monitor disturbances to ensure those daily transactions are seamless.

Behind this work at PNC is Debbie Guild, head of Enterprise Technology and Security for the bank. She oversees all efforts to detect and deter fraud, cybersecurity attacks and physical crime.

At the end of the day, cybersecurity relies on a team performing highly and executing flawlessly to allow customers to experience their day-to-day transactions without pause. Whether it is from the Enterprise Fusion Center in downtown Pittsburgh or at a kitchen table these days, the team’s obligation to PNC customers is what powers and motivates them to stay at the head of the pack.

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Cybersecurity at one of the U.S.’s largest banks and a look at the new class in a life sciences accelerator.