Penn Center for Innovation

Penn’s Dr. Jean Bennett is the Life Sciences PA 2020 Scientific Achievement Award Winner

Posted on February 19, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Dr. Jean Bennett has been named the recipient of the Life Sciences PA Scientific Achievement Award, to be presented during the Life Sciences PA Annual Dinner March 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The Life Sciences PA Scientific Achievement Award recognizes a scientist in the Pennsylvania life sciences community who has demonstrated outstanding achievement by…

Pinpoint Therapeutics raises $1 Million seed round led by Kairos Ventures

Posted on February 12, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Pinpoint Therapeutics, Inc. (“Pinpoint”), a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel autophagy inhibitors to treat cancer, announced today that it has raised $1 million in debt financing led by Kairos Ventures of Beverly Hills, California. Read More on Yahoo Finance

Cutting-edge CRISPR gene editing appears safe in three cancer patients

Posted on February 7, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Launching a new chapter in the fast-moving cancer immunotherapy field, scientists have blended two cutting-edge approaches: CRISPR, which edits DNA, and T cell therapy, in which sentries of the immune system are exploited to destroy tumors. Two women and one man, all in their 60s—one with sarcoma and two with the blood cancer multiple myeloma—received…

Penn gene therapy pioneer Jim Wilson’s Passage Bio plans IPO

Posted on February 4, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philadelphia-based Passage Bio plans to raise as much as $125 million selling stock shares to the public through an initial public offering (IPO), the Philadelphia-based firm told the Securities and Exchange Commission in a public filing Monday. Passage Bio, based on gene therapy technology developed by University of Pennsylvania biotech pioneer James Wilson, says it will…

The most promising Philly tech companies in this new decade: RealLIST Startups 2020

Posted on January 30, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The startups chosen for this year’s roundup vary in product and in mission, but represent innovative approaches and solutions across rising industries in Philadelphia and beyond. Read More on Technical.ly Philly

Deciphering a cancer treatment’s dark side

Posted on January 22, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A cancer therapy that harnesses the immune system to combat tumors has come with some steep learning curves—among them, how to manage the treatment’s sometimes risky side effects. One common hazard of CAR-T cell therapy, as it’s known, is a dramatic inflammatory response, which can trigger symptoms from high fevers to organ failure. Research published…

Win a chance to attend SXSW with Philly Startup Leaders and Amplify Philly

Posted on January 17, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philly Startup Leaders has a unique opportunity to send three companies – led by founders from underrepresented backgrounds – to SXSW this year. This is all part of Amplify Philly, bringing the best of Philly business, culture, and tech into the international spotlight. Philly Startup Leaders’ plays an active role in producing Amplify Philly, with…

Penn Innovation from coast to coast

Posted on January 16, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Whether in Philadelphia, or across the country, stakeholders are eager to attend PCI events that showcase Penn’s latest faculty innovators and cutting-edge startups.  This year’s Innovation @ Penn event in San Francisco was no exception. Almost 200 investors, corporate partners, alumni and supporters converged on Wharton San Francisco’s office at the base of the Bay…

Our own cells could be the secret weapon in the fight against cancer

Posted on January 10, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Bruce L. Levine, PhD, Barbara and Edward Netter Professor in Cancer Gene Therapy at the Perelman School of Medicine, wrote a guest article for Wired UK titled, “Our own cells could be the secret weapon in the fight against cancer”. Read this article online.

Dock Street Brewery makes world’s first drone-assisted beer in Philly

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philadelphia is a proud city of firsts, and now we can lay claim to the first drone-assisted beer. Dock Street Brewery, one of the country’s first post-Prohibition craft microbreweries, has partnered with Point Breeze neighbor Exyn Technologies (and Penn spinout) on the Dock Street Swarm Intelligence Pale Ale. Read More on the Philadelphia Voice