Ebb Therapeutics

Ebb Therapeutics is a Pittsburgh-based medical technology company. They developed the first drug-free, technology-based innovation using a device to naturally trigger a neural network response in the brain to treat certain sleep disorders.  Ebb is a private company that was funded in part by a grant from the National Institute of Health as well as by private equity. 

Ebb Therapeutics was outgrowing its start-up space located in a suburb outside of Pittsburgh when management decided to open its new and expanded headquarters near downtown Pittsburgh.  They retained Donahue to find a new location that would be suitable for the headquarters of a world-class medical technology company while providing the environment that would attract and retain the area’s top talent. 



  • Location preference: Pittsburgh Strip District or northern suburbs
  • Other considerations
    • proximity to housing, amenities and cultural activities 
    • accessibility to employees and for recruiting technology talent
    • location near the core of other technology companies 
  • Building: Must be Class A with an attractive design and provide a creative work environment
  • Space: to be designed specifically for Ebb
  • Size: 7,500 SF +/- with expansion
  • Parking: critical requirement


  • Initially focused on 2 separate and altogether different markets
  • Determine the best location: City or Suburbs
  • Strip District is known as a very active and competitive real estate submarket 
  • Northern suburbs offered acceptable space but lacked the amenities in the city