Penn Center for Innovation

More Philly tech graduates are staying here. That’s a good thing.

Posted on October 25, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

When it comes to high tech, Philadelphia is no Silicon Valley. We’re not even Boston’s Route 128, bumptiously designated “America’s Technology Region.” But Vijay Kumar, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, is optimistic about the region’s future as a high-tech center. “I think we are hitting an inflection point in the…

President’s Innovation Prize deadline is January 24, 2020

Posted on October 16, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Created by Penn President Amy Gutmann to strengthen Penn’s commitment under the Penn Compact 2020 to innovation, the President’s Innovation Prize will provide a graduating senior, or team of graduating seniors, $100,000 (plus a $50,000 living stipend per team member) to envision and implement an innovative, commercial venture that makes a positive difference in the…

Three-year-old pumping bra startup Lilu is shipping its first orders

Posted on August 30, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Lilu, a graduate of PCI’s I-Corps program, is starting to ship orders of its flagship product, a hands-free bra with automated massage. Read more. (Technical.ly Philly)

I-Corps Blog: Sonosolve

Posted on February 26, 2016 — Kat Hinkel

Sonosolve, one of the teams in the Spring 2016 Penn I-Corps Site Accelerator, has been documenting their experience so far.  Week 1: Catheters are used widely in medicine and surgery. Indwelling catheters may become colonized by bacteria through biofilm formation or obstructed with blood clots, proteinaceous debris, or other bodily contents requiring flushing and/or surgical…

I-Corps Blog: CPR Connect

Posted on February 23, 2016 — Kat Hinkel

CPR Connect, one of the teams in the Spring 2016 Penn I-Corps Site Accelerator, has been documenting their experience so far.  Week 1: CPR Connect, an innovative digital health technology, aims to reduce emergency response times and improve patient outcomes of cardiac arrest victims. Using a novel wearable device, our technology better locates victims of…

I-Corps Blog: TogetherCare

Posted on July 17, 2015 — Kat Hinkel

Week 1 Team TogetherCare is committed to providing an improved method for geriatric financial management by protecting against elder financial abuse. Our team currently has three members: Dr. Nalaka Gooneratne (Academic Lead), Akhil Chakravarti (Entrepreneurial Lead), and Shawn Srolovitz. Currently, elder financial fraud accounts for over $1.5 billion in annual losses, with more than half of…

I-Corps Blog: SphereVis, LLC

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Week 1 SphereVis LLC is developing a simple, generic, optical super-resolution method of imaging biological and photonic structures that can overcome the spatial resolution limitations of microscopes. The technology SphereVis is developing can provide two- to three-fold enhanced spatial resolution capabilities. The imaging resolution of a standard optical microscope is limited to ~250 nm.  Improved…

I-Corps Blog: Sharenonymous

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Week 1 Our team has set out to tackle the pervading issue of mental health on college campuses. Most of us our familiar with the increased number of suicides across the board at universities, and the list of stressors that make the four-year journey through the early years of young adulthood as challenging as ever….

I-Corps Blog: QTEK

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Week 1 QTEKTM¬ LLC provides an effective means of bestowing industrial plastics with long-lasting antimicrobial properties. QTEK is dedicated to creating a safer future by partnering with health and hygiene industry leaders to create a new landscape of product options focused on reducing infection transmission on common touch surfaces. The I-Corps team consists of Mengya…

I-Corps Blog: Paradigm Surgical

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Week 1 Incisional hernia is a significant and costly problem that affects over a quarter of a million people annually. The current state of the art to repair hernia involves suturing a piece of prophylactic mesh over the incision. This process is too time-consuming, too variable, and most importantly, it is ineffective, as 1 in…