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April 27, 2017

Obituary: Carolyn Green

obitGreenheadshotCarolyn Green, founding director of Pitt’s Office of Enterprise Development (OED), died April 16, 2017, after a short illness.

OED, which focused on translating and commercializing inventions stemming from Pitt’s health sciences’ schools, the Office of Technology Management and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence were combined in 2013 to form the Innovation Institute.

Though Green had left Pitt, she still maintained connections here. Babs Carryer, director of education and outreach for the Innovation Institute, said she had been bringing Green back to Pittsburgh for the past 10 years to speak in the “Benchtop to Bedside” class.

“Carolyn Green was an inspiration to so many,” Carryer said. “From encouraging young women to enter the world of STEM to colleagues at senior levels, Carolyn gave of her time and expertise to help others. She was kind, giving and loving, but she was also smart as a whip and she could quickly gain insights into what needed to be done to solve a complex problem.

“I will forever be grateful to Carolyn for her unwavering support and encouragement,” Carryer added. “I know that others join me in recognizing that we are better people for having known her.”

At the time of her death, Green was executive director of Strategic Investments, Pfizer Worldwide R&D, a program that makes equity investments in companies that are of strategic interest to Pfizer. Previously, she was president of Atreaon, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, and president, chief operating officer and co-founder of Logical Therapeutics, Inc. For Logical, she helped to raise $45 million in venture financing from a syndicate of highly regarded venture capital funds.

She held other leadership and sales positions, including CEO of Mobot, Inc., which specialized in artificial intelligence software and hardware for human-computer interactions; director of North American marketing and sales for publicly traded AEA Technology, in the computer-aided engineering software sector; and business manager for Algor, Inc., where she was responsible for the business development, sales and customer service sectors.

Green earned her B.S. chemistry at Pitt.

She lived in Waltham, Massachusetts.

She is survived by her husband Adam and four adult children.


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