Penn Center for Innovation

Technology of the Month: Topical Treatment for Autoimmune Disorders

Posted on November 14, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

When you have an autoimmune disorder, it can feel like you’re not safe in your own body. Your own immune system attacks healthy tissues causing chronic pain, mobility issues, and other debilitating symptoms. Common drugs to alleviate (not cure) your condition can often cause their own set of issues, which are both painful and costly….

Positive results in first-in-U.S. trial of CRISPR-edited immune cells

Posted on November 8, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Genetically editing a cancer patient’s immune cells using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, then infusing those cells back into the patient appears safe and feasible based on early data from the first-ever clinical trial to test the approach in humans in the United States. Researchers from the Abramson Cancer Center have infused three participants in the trial thus far—two…

JPOD @ Philadelphia, 365 days later

Posted on November 6, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

One year after the launch of the partnership between Penn and Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the Pennovation Center celebrated the early successes of this innovative program. Read more. (Penn Today)

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…

Reuters ranks Penn as the world’s 4th most innovative university for the 3rd consecutive year

Posted on October 24, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The University of Pennsylvania continues to be one of the best universities in the world for innovators, patents, research, and entrepreneurs. According to Reuters: “Researchers at Penn’s department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics have developed a way to “heal” metal at room temperature. The process is modeled after the way bones repair themselves, and…

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…

Gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy safely preserves muscle function

Posted on October 9, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A Penn study shows delivering a ‘distant cousin’ of a key protein prevented muscle damage without triggering an immune response in large animal models. Read more. (On Penn Today)

Turning the Tide: Fast fentanyl testing can save lives

Posted on September 23, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

For the first responders treating a possible opioid overdose, it is vitally important to quickly identify the drug the patient took. A dosage of naloxone administered immediately to someone overdosing on fentanyl can bring them back from the brink and prevent long-term damage. Unfortunately, the recent influx of illegal fentanyl and fentanyl-laced drugs, means that…

Applications are now open for the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn

Posted on August 26, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Most people have heard of a hackathon, but the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn is a makerthon. Instead of the classic hackathon focus on software development, a makerthon is where students compete to build innovative hardware solutions for healthcare problems. The makerthon portion of the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn is an immersive two-day event to encourage…

Recently Awarded Patents (April, May + June 2019)

Posted on August 7, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

We are proud to recognize the following inventors who were issued patents between April and June 2019. Congratulations!   US Patents (15) Chitosan-Based Matrices And Uses Thereof By Bert O’Malley, MD of Penn Medicine Patent 10,245,274 Issued: 4/2/2019 Technology Description   Random RNA Libraries, Methods Of Generating Same, And Screening Methods Utilizing Same By James Wilson,…