Teams competed for funding during the fifth iteration of the Pitt Innovation Challenge Award (PInCh). Projects were awarded a total of $565,000 in funding a the PInCh final event on October 25, 2017. Seven teams competed in a poster session in which event attendees voted for the projects. Six teams then pitched their projects to a live judging panel and audience.


PINCH Team 2017

L to R: Steven Reis (CTSI director), Linda Siminerio, RN, PhD; Sandra Indocochea Sobel, MD; David Rometo, MD; Patrick McCarthy, RN, CDE. Not Pictured are Kristine Ruppert, DrPH; and Emily Timm, MS, RDN, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE.

The REMIT DM Team from UPMC’s Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism was awarded $25,000 for their poster of a  protocol using continuous glucose monitors for temporary intensive insulin therapy at the time of type 2 diabetes diagnosis to induce beta cell restoration and diabetes remission.