The 2023-2024 Cohort of AlphaLab Health is in full swing!
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Accelerate Your Time to Market. Accelerate Your Impact.

The road to commercialization for health care and life science technologies is long. AlphaLab Health’s offerings help your company navigate and shorten that road. We leverage our healthcare domain expertise and clinical access provided by our partners, Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health, to help guide your productization strategy. Our networks will surround you with access to critical knowledge and resources to help you grow quickly. Even better, all of these offerings are located in Pittsburgh—a life sciences ecosystem of cutting-edge technologies.

AlphaLab Health is a collaboration between Innovation Works and Allegheny Health Network.

Innovation Works is a nationally prominent seed stage investor and has developed industry-leading accelerator programs, AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear. Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network make up one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery and finance systems in the country. By combining IW’s proven acceleration model with unparalleled clinical access and support, AlphaLab Health will surround you with the resources to accelerate your time to impact.

Introducing Our 2024 Cohort!

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We support our companies by providing these key resources:

AlphaLab Health (via IW and AHN) will invest up to $100,000 in the form of a convertible note and receive up to 2% common stock equity from participating companies.
Qualifying alumni companies have the opportunity to raise additional capital from the Innovation Works Seed Fund after graduating from the accelerator.
We leverage AHN’ and Highmark’s position as one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery and finance systems in the country to provide unique domain expertise in healthcare economics. 
Our SMEs guide our companies via lectures, office hours, workshops, and panels as they develop their businesses and strive towards their milestones.
Clinical Mentorship
Our partnership with AHN provides a unique opportunity to engage and work with relevant clinicians and administrations that provide the voice of the customer.
From the outset of the program, our goal is to identify and connect your company with enthusiastic clinical partners to help guide your productization.
Network Access
AlphaLab Health and IW have an extensive network of investors, serial entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and vetted vendors.
Many of our companies find their first investors, customers, suppliers, advisors, and other partners through introductions from our network.
We offer private office space and BSL-1 equipped laboratories in our newly renovated home at AGH Suburban Campus in Bellevue. 
The space also features conference rooms, a full kitchen, lounge, and class room. 
Additional amenities include sub-zero freezers, balances, autoclaves, mass spectrometry, and more.

Featured Company Descriptions

Rachel Reid, CEO of Subtl Beauty


CytoAgents is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of innovative pharmaceutical products for the treatment of life-threatening symptoms associated with Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS), an overreaction of the immune system causing systemic inflammation. There are many causes of CRS and their mission is to develop a broadly accessible treatment for multiple indications of high unmet need. Using a novel approach by calming the natural immune response to a multi-organ disease, GP1681 is positioned to become a new best practice in medicine.
Rich Kucera, CEO of Symmetric Health Solutions

Telling.Ai answers the question “how are your lungs doing” by giving users a detailed lung performance report by simply speaking into a smartphone. The company’s vision is to turn every smartphone in the world into a powerful remote respiratory monitoring device through a simple app and that will improve wellness and prevent unneeded hospitalizations and ED visits.
Ryan Green, CEO of Gridwise

Handl Health

Handl Health is a healthcare price transparency platform. Handl offers health plans a simple way to comply with the CMS healthcare price transparency legislation while digitizing how patients shop, book, and pay for healthcare, creating an unparalleled user experience and realizing an average cost saving of 28%.

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The AlphaLab HealthTeam

Maria Geraghty

Maria is the Program Manager for Life Sciences where she focuses on the AlphaLab Health accelerator and the associated recruiting and operations. In this role, Maria is actively involved in the accelerator lifecycle from beginning to end and works closely with the companies, partners, and mentors participating in the program. She was a Graduate Research Assistant in the uBiointerface Lab at the University of Pittsburgh where she specialized in developing electrochemical methods for eradicating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Previously, Maria served as a teaching assistant for the Hk Maker Lab, a summer engineering design program for NYC high school students, and selected projects to be incubated at the Harlem Biospace. Maria holds a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and an MS degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Cigdem Benam

Prior to joining Innovation Works, Cigdem worked at the innovation offices of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. In Colorado, she built and ran a biotechnology accelerator program called SPARK Colorado, in collaboration with Stanford University. Cigdem drafted and co-secured the NIH REACH grant, which enabled SPARK Colorado to receive $4M and become part of a national network of innovation hubs funded by the NIH. She was faculty at Boston College, a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, and a pre-doctoral fellow at Oxford University. She also worked at the Turkish Chambers of Commerce, running economic development and institutional capacity-building programs with international partners. Cigdem enjoys working with founders and thinking through challenges around the processes of innovation and venture formation, especially in life sciences, where the potential for direct impact is huge!

Dr. Jeff Cohen

Dr. Cohen graduated in 1976 from Syracuse University with a BS in Biology.  He earned his medical degree from SUNY – Upstate Medical Center in 1979, completed a Urology residency at Case Western Reserve in 1984 and finished a Fellowship in Urology Fellowship at The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1985. He joined Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in 1985.  He was President of Triangle Urological Group, served as CMO of AGH 2013-2014 and was President of AGH from 2016-2020.   Presently, he is the Chief Physician Executive, Community Health and Innovation. Dr. Cohen is President of Chemimage Corporation.

Stephen Hunter

Stephen graduated in 2008 from Marietta College with a BA in Management Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  He began his career with Deloitte working in the technology advisory practice and joined Highmark Health in 2012. His focus has been around developing and bringing Highmark Health’s long-term strategic vision to life.  His concentration has been on the AHN’s $1B growth platform including Oncology, Wexford Hospital, north-west PA redevelopment, clinical mergers, and acquisitions.  He was part of Highmark’s largest spin-up Home and Community Services (HMHCS).

Innovation Works Support

Jordan Marinkovich

Innovation Works Staff, Jordan Marinkovich
"I'll make sure you can leverage all of IW's networks, resources, and programs."

Rae Mauer

"I'll help prepare you for events such as showcases and venture fairs."

Jane Joseph

Innovation Works Staff, Jane Joseph
"I'll help you refine your messagining and build brand strategy."

Peter Erin

Innovation Works Staff, Peter Erin
"I'll work to connect you to relevant investors."

Dwayne Tabb

"I'll provide web design and content assistance as you need it."

Sophie Burkholder

Innovation Works Staff, Sophie Burkholder
"I'll teach you the basics of venture capital and fundraising."
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