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Edward V. Fritzky Chair in Biotechnology Leadership

Alan W. Seadler, Ph.D.

Alan Seadler“Technology has been a part of Pittsburgh since its beginnings. We stand on a new horizon in economic development in this region, and it is closely linked to biotechnology.

“We at Duquesne have an opportunity to combine our strengths in science, law, business, health care and ethics to educate the next generation of leaders in the biotechnology industry, not just in the Pittsburgh region, but in the nation, and hopefully, the world.

“The groundwork has been laid. The challenge is to make the connection with the biotech community. The most important thing I do is to help link the outside world of industry with the inside world of research. We need to make sure that when someone has a good idea in the sciences and it has the potential for a product or therapy that people can use, that there are mechanisms that can take it from the bench top to the bedside.”

The Fritzky chair, established in 2004, is endowed and named for Edward V. Fritzky, A’72, retired chairman, president and CEO of Immunex Corp. It is an interdisciplinary professorship designed to unite biotechnology initiatives on campus and beyond, as well as forge alliances with the biotechnology research community of greater Pittsburgh.