Academia, big pharma find collaboration fruitful (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Posted on October 19, 2015 — Kat Hinkel

By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer Elizabeth Grice, a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor, embodies the new way that academia and drug companies collaborate on research to generate cash for schools and profitable medicines for manufacturers. Grice, like many researchers, gets most of her funding from government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health…

Benjamin’s Desk to run Penn’s gigantic Grays Ferry coworking and events space (Technically Philly)

Posted on October 9, 2015 — Kat Hinkel

By Juliana Reyes / REPORTER More big news from Benjamin’s Desk, the Rittenhouse coworking space that just announced its second location in Washington Square West: they’re going to operate Penn’s new “Pennovation Center,” a three-story, 58,000-square-foot space that’ll feature private offices, labs and coworking. Continue Reading

Officials explain why university investment in tech commercialization is here to stay (Technically Philly)

Posted on October 8, 2015 — Kat Hinkel

By Adam Bender / CONTRIBUTOR The importance of universities as anchor institutions for supporting technology entrepreneurship will continue to grow, said higher education officials during a roundtable discussion Wednesday evening at the University of Pennsylvania. Innovation leaders from Penn and four other top U.S. universities described how their schools promote entrepreneurship, including through the establishment of…

Why the Steve Case visit was such a big deal for Philadelphia (Technically Philly)

Posted on October 1, 2015 — Kat Hinkel

From Technically Philly – Sometimes you just need somebody else to notice you. That’s what it felt like Tuesday, when AOL founder and investor Steve Case came to town on his Rise of the Rest bus tour, aiming to showcase tech sectors outside of Silicon Valley and New York. Case’s attention felt like an acknowledgment, a…