Company Founded by PSTP Students Wins First Place at University Innovation Competition

PSTP students James O’Brien and Noah Pyles, along with MSTP student Jonathan Cohen, recently won the $25,000 grand prize at the University of Pittsburgh’s Randall Family Big Idea Competition for their startup Polycarbin. The company aims to transform the scientific plastic waste of today into the laboratory products of tomorrow.

“We view our work with Polycarbin as an important first step in making science more sustainable,” said O’Brien.

“Equipped with the tools the PSTP helped us refine, James and I feel it is our responsibility to make science more sustainable for our colleagues and for the next generation of innovators,” added Pyles.

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