Patrick M. Cantini

Patrick Cantini serves as the Director of Strategic Scientific Collaborations for the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. In this role, Mr. Cantini holds responsibility for growing McGowan’s business through strategic relationship management and business development efforts with key strategic alliances on a regional, national, and global level.

As Director of Strategic Scientific Collaborations, Mr. Cantini works in conjunction with many institutes, centers of excellence, and departments within the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to drive the scientific vision and strategy for the McGowan Institute’s developmental and clinical research collaborations to ensure that the organization is positioned as a global leader in the delivery of regenerative and restorative therapies.

Mr. Cantini focuses his efforts through three major programmatic initiatives:

  • the Industry Magnet Program, which is an industrial outreach program established to coordinate a series of investments in infrastructure, people, and seed funding to build global centers of research excellence within the region of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • the Pediatric Device Initiative which leverages the McGowan Institute’s substantial infrastructure and experience base to transform technological advancements in treating tissue and organ failure for pediatric patients
  • the Wounded Warfighter’s Program Initiative which implements both basic and clinical research efforts for wounded warriors suffering from damaging injury and disease

In a dual capacity, Mr. Cantini also serves as a Managing Principal for the Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine (CIRM). CIRM is a “clinical accelerator,” moving research in regenerative medicine into clinical practice and Mr. Cantini is responsible for programmatically facilitating the end-to-end process for the Center’s clinical research programs. He also serves on the Center’s Executive Management Team and provides strategic oversight for business development.

Prior to his appointment at the McGowan Institute, Mr. Cantini served as the Chief Business Officer for the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine where he was responsible for all aspects of strategic planning, direction, and business development. In addition, he provided overall administrative direction and coordination in the formulation, interpretation, and implementation of current and long-range policies, procedures, and programs.

Before joining the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Mr. Cantini served as the Associate Director for the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI), a non-profit think tank for the advancement of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. He joined the biotech industry in 2001 after a long and lustrous career in the automotive manufacturing industry where he held leadership positions at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME).


Patrick M. Cantini
Phone: (412) 624-5209