Penn Center for Innovation

PCI July 2017 News Roundup

Posted on July 31, 2017 — Kat Hinkel

July 2017 held many excellent news stories about innovation at Penn. Some highlights: July 6: PCI Guide Is One-Stop Shop For University Entrepreneurs (Penncurrent) July 11: First Gene Therapy — ‘A True Living Drug’ — On The Cusp Of FDA Approval (Washington Post) July 12: F.D.A. Panel Recommends Approval For Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment (NYT) July…

PCI Guide is one-stop shop for University entrepreneurs (Penn Current, July 6, 2017)

Posted on July 6, 2017 — Kat Hinkel

By Lauren Hertzler In early June, the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) unveiled its first Commercialization Guide. Meant mainly for Penn faculty members and graduate students, the free Guide serves as a one-stop shop for those looking to bring their ideas to market. John Swartley, PCI’s managing director, says a big part of PCI’s strategy…

University of Pennsylvania to Showcase New Technology, Start ups and Resources for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SXSW

Posted on March 9, 2017 — Kat Hinkel

March 9th, 2017–Philadelphia Contact: Laurie Actman, Chief Marketing, Communications & Program Officer, Penn Center for Innovation,, 215-573-198 The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) will be highlighting some of its technology, start ups and innovation assets at the SXSW Interactive Tradeshow in Austin, TX from March 12th – 15th. Penn is one of the sponsors of…

Welcome, Dr. Mark Turco

Posted on February 3, 2017 — Kat Hinkel

PCI welcomes Dr. Mark Turco as our new Chief Innovation and Corporate Outreach Officer. Dr. Turco will be a resource for the University of Pennsylvania innovators leading PCI’s outreach and relationship building efforts with external partners as part of the University’s efforts to expand commercialization opportunities regionally, nationally, and globally. Press Release Philadelphia Business Journal Contact Information 

Cash for brains: B.Franklin Tech pumps $2.3M to 16 start-ups

Posted on February 1, 2017 — Kat Hinkel

From the Philadelphia Inquirer, January 31, 2017 “Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the Philadelphia-based, state-backed startup/early-stage investment fund, says it’s spreading $2.3 million among 16 new and repeat companies set up by locally-based brains: Jenrin Discovery Inc. (Ross. J. Chorvat, Wilmington, Del.) — developing “small-molecule drugs” that “selectively target peripheral receptors” for liver disease, diabetes, obesity….

Quarterly Patents (Oct., Nov., Dec. 2016)

Posted on January 31, 2017 — Kat Hinkel

We are proud to recognize the following inventors who have been issued patents in the last quarter. Congratulations! US Patents Country PI Patent # Patent Title Issue Date United States Bau 9,476,102 Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification Reactor with Integrated Solid State Membrane  10/25/2016 United States Carpick 9,478,244 Method and Material for Protecting Magnetic Information Storage…

Y-Prize winners want to speed up beer brewing (Penn Current)

Posted on February 5, 2016 — Kat Hinkel

Drinks are on them: Alexander David, Shashwata Narain, and Siddharth Shah, students in the Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, have won the 2016 Y-Prize Competition with a plan to speed up the fermentation stage of beer brewing by up to nine times. Siddharth Shah, Shashwata Narain, and Alexander David make…

Penn’s new startup accelerator class is all about health IT (Technically Philly)

Posted on December 23, 2015 — Kat Hinkel

By Juliana Reyes / REPORTER Is the next big health IT startup percolating at Penn? Penn just announced the second class of startups in its National Science Foundation-backed I-Corps accelerator and it heavily skews toward health IT, much like its first class. (We bet that the folks aiming to make Philly a health IT hub are happy…

Penn spinout raises $2M (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Posted on December 3, 2015 — Kat Hinkel

By John George Senior Reporter Philadelphia Business Journal Liquid Biotech USA Inc., a Philadelphia company spun out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Innovation, raised $2 million in a private stock sale. The $2 million investment was made by Oncolys Biopharma Inc. of Tokyo, Japan. Continue Reading

Philly biotech firm gets $2M investment from Japan (Philly Voice)

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Liquid Biotech USA privately sold stock to a Tokyo-based biopharma firm BY SHARON LURYE PhillyVoice Staff A Philadelphia biotech company with ties to the University of Pennsylvania raised $2 million through an investment from a Tokyo firm, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported. Continue Reading