Speaking of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, a dining room at the Duquesne Club was jam-packed Tuesday to hear the "How do we grow the tech industry?" observations of Dr. [Rob] Lowe, Allegheny Conference on Community Development CEO Michael Langley, the state Department of Community and Economic Development's Rebecca Bagley and CMU and Pitt economic development vice president Don Smith. But it was panel member and BirchmereVenture principal Chuck Dietrick who left the crowd buzzing. Mr. Dietrick articulated a point that everyone knows but rarely speaks of -- the need for the private sector to become more involved in capturing, investing and sprouting new university-bred technologies. "We have a major commercialization problem in this area, and we haven't done enough to catalyze the private sector to do something about it," Mr. Dietrick said.
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