Carnegie Mellon University

Jim Osborn

Jim "Oz" Osborn

Sr. Analytic Strategy Partner, Highmark Health

Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Life Sciences, Med/BioTech/Pharma, SBIR


Jim “Oz” Osborn is the architect of “Health IT Pittsburgh”, the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse’s initiative to grow companies and jobs in health information technology in Western Pennsylvania. As a consultant to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, he led development of its “Virtual Senior Academy,” a program to connect older adults to each other through online group learning experiences.  Prior to that, he co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center at Carnegie Mellon University, which created intelligent systems to improve and enhance everyday living for older adults and people with disabilities. He also served as CMU’s Coordinator of University Life Science Initiatives from 2004 to 2015. From 2001 to 2006 he was Executive Director of CMU’s Medical Robotics Technology Center, as well as MERITS of Pittsburgh, a program that fostered collaborations between clinical and technological researchers. Earlier, he founded a regional economic development group, the Pittsburgh Robotics Initiative.  He held research and management positions in Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and led several multi-$M robotics R&D projects sponsored by the US DOE, NASA and industry, including the first robot to explore an active volcano and robots for investigation of the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island nuclear accidents. He has worked as a consultant, advisor or director for local and national organizations including the Western PA HIMSS Chapter, Community Living and Support Services, Presbyterian Seniorcare, Fine Art Miracles, the Center for Aging Services Technologies and the American Nuclear Society. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Civil and Biomedical Engineering, both from Carnegie Mellon University.