Penn Center for Innovation

Penn Ranked #4 by Brookings for “downtown universities by licensing deals, disclosures, licensing income, patents, and startups”

Posted on October 10, 2017 — Kat Hinkel

Report: Hidden in plain sight: The oversized impact of downtown universities Scott Andes | October 10, 2017 A new report, “Hidden in plain sight: The oversized impact of downtown universities,” compares the commercial outcomes of downtown research universities to their peers located in the suburbs or rural areas. On a per-student basis, “downtown” universities outperform in licensing…

PCI September 2017 News Roundup

Posted on September 30, 2017 — Kat Hinkel

September 2017 held many excellent news stories about innovation at Penn. Some highlights: Sept. 19 – Philly’s got nano (Technically Philly) Sept. 19 – Penn’s New Guide to Commercializing Tech a Good Step for Philly (Philly Mag) Sept. 26  – U Penn ramps up industry sponsorships as percent of funding jumps from 6% to 15%…

PCI August 2017 News Roundup

Posted on August 31, 2017 — Kat Hinkel

August 2017 held many excellent news stories about innovation at Penn. Some highlights: Aug. 18 – How HIV Became A Cancer Cure (Wall St Journal) Aug. 30 – Penn’s ‘Living Drug’ For Tough Childhood Leukemia Gains Historic Approval (Philly Voice) August 2017 – PCI Pulse (Newsletter)

Cancer’s Newest Miracle Cure (TIME, 8/10/17)

Posted on August 11, 2017 — Kat Hinkel

By Alice Park for Time Magazine, August 10, 2017 With the usual mix of anticipation and apprehension, Kaitlyn Johnson is getting ready to go to her first summer camp. She’s looking forward to meeting new friends and being able to ride horses, swim and host tea parties. She’s also a little nervous and a little scared, like…

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…