Penn Center for Innovation

On the 2nd Monday of each month in the Fall, join local entrepreneurs and investors for discussions on commercializing university med tech.  Register here

The Penn Center for Innovation and Penn Medicine are pleased to announce the Fall 2021 Lunchtime Commercialization Speaker Series. Each talk is free and open to Penn faculty, staff, researchers, students, and the public.

  • Sept 13: Barbara Shilberg, Managing Director and CEO, BioAdvance
  • Oct 11: Dr. Kathryn Doyle, Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • Nov 8 : Kirsten Leute, Senior Vice President, Osage University Partners
  • Dec 13: TBD


Penn Engineering Innov

  • 9/21 Mark Yim, PhD, Director of GRASP Lab, Faculty Director for the Design Studio, talks about the Penn I-Corps program and opportunities to test your startup idea with customers.
  • 10/13: Katherine Reuther, Ph.D., MBA, Executive Director of the Penn Center for Health-Devices and Technology discusses resources to support your medical device idea
  • 11/10: Anish Kumar, Managing Director of Pennovation Works, discusses resources for emerging startups at the Pennovation Works campus
  • Register for each session here.


More Events

2021 B.Phl

An annual three-day innovation celebration started in 2019 to highlight Philadelphia as a fantastic place to live and work; to create meaningful connections locally and globally between people and organizations doing innovative work; and ignite new ideas and inspire changemakers of the future.

September 29 – October 1. Register here.


2021 ITMAT Symposium

The 2021 ITMAT Symposium will again enlist outstanding speakers from the U.S. and abroad to address topics of direct relevance to translational science. The theme this year will be “Translational Science in a Pandemic World.” Register here.

The event will allow for virtual and in-person attendance. More details will be announced later this summer about the format.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, October 11–12, 2021

Smilow Center for Translational Research
Rubenstein Auditorium and Lobby
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Life Sciences Future – BioPharm

October 5, 2021 – October 7, 2021

The most popular conference features but will focus on various topics within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Learn More.


Understanding COVID-19 and Addressing Disparities in Care

Tuesday, November 2 from 1-5pm in the Gaulton Auditorium

From the Penn Center for Research on Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens. Learn more.



PACT Capital Conference

Thursday, November 4 at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

The PACT Capital Conference has a long tradition of uniting key players from the private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial communities. As the oldest, most established venture conference in the Northeast, this event draws more than 1,000 participants and has been the catalyst for billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success.



Watch Our Past Webinars:


University Startups: Tips from Early Stage Investors. Recorded May 19, 2021


Moving Ideas to Market: A discussion with entrepreneurs and researchers. Recorded April 8, 2021


PCI Ventures 2.0: Updates to the Flagship Company Formation Programs . Recorded February 24, 2021


Startup Creation for Engineers. Recorded December 8, 2020


IP and Patenting for Engineers. Recorded November 18, 2020


VC 101: An Introduction to Venture Capital. Recorded November 12, 2020


Latest Intellectual Property Trends in Life Sciences. Recorded October 8, 2020


COVID’s Impact on Life Science Investing. Recorded September 10, 2020


SBIR/STTR Resources to Bring Your Technology to Market. Recorded August 4, 2020


Pennovation Works: Opportunities for Researchers and Startups. Recorded June 25, 2020


Turn Your Engineering Idea into a Startup. Recorded May 28, 2020


Company Creation at the University of Pennsylvania. Recorded April 16, 2020



Check out the Pennovation Center’s Event calendar here: Pennovation Calendar


Our Annual Celebration of Innovation Recap:





Every Wednesday @ The Pennovation Center: Drop-in office hours with PCI Ventures at the Pennovation Center (suite 229) from 9:00-12:00


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