Sophie Burkholder

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Sophie Burkholder is Technical.ly’s reporter in Pittsburgh as of June 2021. The Pittsburgh native spent the previous five years studying bioengineering and entrepreneurship in Philadelphia, where she also interned as a reporter on the health and business desks at Philadelphia Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has covered the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses and startups, particularly in health and biotech, for outlets like TechCrunch. She also covered local health stories on vaccine rollout for homebound patients and the effect of opioid-related legislation for the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit newsroom PublicSource.

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Cognition Therapeutics launched its $40M IPO for Alzheimer’s treatment

Oct. 4, 2021 5:02 pm

Cognition Therapeutics launched its $40M IPO for Alzheimer’s treatment

The small pharmaceutical company, which has lab space on the South Side, plans to put the IPO proceeds toward Phase II clinical trials.
The future of Pittsburgh life sciences: Success is imminent, but strategy to get there is lacking

Oct. 4, 2021 1:05 pm

The future of Pittsburgh life sciences: Success is imminent, but strategy to get there is lacking

Attracting capital to local life science startups will be more difficult than for an industry like robotics. What does that mean for the field's growing prominence in Pittsburgh?
Diversity in tech requires a diverse tech pipeline. Pittsburgh youth programs are filling opportunity gaps

Oct. 1, 2021 2:52 pm

Diversity in tech requires a diverse tech pipeline. Pittsburgh youth programs are filling opportunity gaps

There's a two-pronged issue for youth access to the tech industry: opportunity and exposure. That's where these after-school robotics teams, coding classes and more come in.
What will it take for Pittsburgh to attract new investors?

Oct. 1, 2021 11:23 am

What will it take for Pittsburgh to attract new investors?

At Three Rivers Venture Fair, local VCs Ilana Diamond, Kelauni Jasmyn and Zach Malone shared insight on how to turn recent exits into venture capital opportunities in Pittsburgh: "There are still communication gaps to fill."
Tech employers across the Pittsburgh region are responsible for over 300K jobs

Sep. 29, 2021 5:31 pm

Tech employers across the Pittsburgh region are responsible for over 300K jobs

This year's State of the Industry report from Pittsburgh Technology Council shines light on life sciences growth, and shows promise for a lucrative local tech future.
Peek through Pittsburgh history via Google Arts & Culture’s new digital platform

Sep. 29, 2021 12:07 pm

Peek through Pittsburgh history via Google Arts & Culture’s new digital platform

"Pittsburgh: Proud and Powerful" offers exhibitions highlighting local visual artists, performance artists, sports legends and more. Here's a look at three of our favorites.
The new US-EU trade council will discuss data privacy and climate tech. Its first meeting location? Hazelwood Green

Sep. 28, 2021 5:27 pm

The new US-EU trade council will discuss data privacy and climate tech. Its first meeting location? Hazelwood Green

Local tech leaders see significant promise in the council's choice to hold its inaugural meeting in Pittsburgh.
Events Roundup: Don’t miss these chances at Pittsburgh tech networking this October

Sep. 27, 2021 4:19 pm

Events Roundup: Don’t miss these chances at Pittsburgh tech networking this October

From a NASA Space Apps Challenge to civic talks to startup drinks, these local gatherings offer the chance for in-person and virtual learning from other tech pros.
Pittsburgh’s autonomous tech sector drives 6,300 jobs

Sep. 24, 2021 5:16 pm

Pittsburgh’s autonomous tech sector drives 6,300 jobs

A new report from Regional Industry Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania provides a look at strengths and weaknesses of the industry, as well as recommendations on how Pittsburgh can maintain its competitive edge.
Bosch-owned startup Azena has new partnerships and office space in Pittsburgh

Sep. 24, 2021 1:55 pm

Bosch-owned startup Azena has new partnerships and office space in Pittsburgh

Azena, which specializes in security camera application software, opened its Innovation Accelerator in the Strip District this week. Pittsburghers might also run into its technology at a Penguins game.

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