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….

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Advancing algorithmic care: Pennovation event featured medical and tech innovators

Posted on November 12, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Experts from Penn share their perspectives on the role of advanced algorithms and AI in health care and what the future holds for digital health technologies. Read More (Penn Today)

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A New Approach to Gene Therapy—Now In Dogs, Maybe Later In Humans

Posted on November 11, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Gene therapy has successfully been used to treat age-related ailments in mice. Now it’s being studied in dogs. Read More (In the Wall Street Journal)

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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…

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Penn Nursing launches the Design Thinking for Health platform

Posted on November 7, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The Design Thinking for Health platform equips nurses with tools to lead in health and healthcare innovation! Nurses make up the largest and most trusted group of health care professionals, work on the front lines of the health care system, and are frequently called on to devise on-the-spot solutions to urgent health care problems, yet…

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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)

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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…

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Philadelphia biotech firm spun out of Penn goes public in $74.8M IPO

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philadelphia’s Cabaletta Bio Inc. raised $74.8 million in an initial public offering Friday, becoming the region’s first life sciences IPO of 2019. The University of Pennsylvania spinout company sold 6.8 million shares of common stock at $11 per share. Read More on Bizjournals.com

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Verix Health raises $8 Million to advance steerable surgical device technology

Posted on October 24, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Verix Health, formerly Greppo Technologies, announced today the closing of an $8 million Series A financing round led by Ajax Health with participation from Aperture Venture Partners and Western Technology Investment. Verix Health is developing a portfolio of steerable devices enabling minimally invasive delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic tools for solid-organ cancers. The capital will fund…

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

Posted on — 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…

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