About us

Our Story

The Pharmacy Innovation Lab (PIL.LAB) is a think tank solving pharmacy’s problems of tomorrow, today. We’re re-imagining pharmacy. Originally started as a course, “Contemporary Issues in Pharmacy” evolved from group discussions about current issues, problems, and solutions to a setting where practical application is used to address these topics in the “Pharmacy Innovation Lab” (PIL). Today, the PIL is an association of School of Pharmacy faculty/students, others University of Pittsburgh School students, retail chains, hospitals, long-term care pharmacies, and patients working together to identity problems and innovate solutions.


Re-Imagine a better world through health fostered by an activated consumer and a connected provider.


Create experiences that maintain and improve health through combining creativity and compassion in healthcare across all people involved with it.


Our Alumni Span a varitey of fields and settings. 

Elizabeth Garcia, PharmD

PharmD 2018

Deputy Director of HIV Clinical Technical Assistance at NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Special Topics – Introduction to HTML


Ukwen Akopji, PharmD

PharmD 2015

Co-Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Pharmacy Innovation Course


Kyle McCormick, PharmD

PharmD 2014

Owner, Blueberry Pharmacy

Pharmacy Innovation Course

Graduate Examples

Friends of the Program:

Advisors and more 

  • Ameer Ali, PharmD – Co-Director Emeritus
  • Randy Smith, PhD – Chief Positivity Officer, Senior Associate Dean, PittPharmacy 

Associated Faculty

  • Sharon Connor, PharmD – University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Associate Professor, Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • Tim Huang, PhD – Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information
  • Dmitriy Babichenko, PhD – Clinical Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Computing and Information

We work with:


Ravi Patel, PharmD