Penn Center for Innovation

Philadelphia-area VC funding smashes annual record just halfway through 2021

Posted on July 29, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philadelphia-area firms raised $3.1 billion in venture capital funding during the first half of 2021, already smashing an annual record set two years ago. Interius Biotherapeutics, a Penn Medicine spinout, was one of the firms with a $76 million Series A raise. Read More in the Philadelphia Business Journal (Might have paywall)

A look back at Amy Gutmann’s greatest accomplishments in her 17 years as Penn president

Posted on July 22, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The Daily Pennsylvanian listed 17 of outgoing Penn President Amy Gutmann greatest accomplishments during her 17 years leading the University. The Penn Center for Innovation is proud to have made the list. President Gutmann founded PCI in June 2014. “The Penn Center for Innovation also will transform our region’s capacity to support an ecosystem of…

Penn Medicine Benchmarks June 2021 Edition

Posted on July 21, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Monthly newsletter of preclinical and discovery science from Penn Medicine. Articles include: Drug Blocks SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Mice Study Led by Penn Medicine Reveals New Mechanism of Lung Tissue Regeneration New Method Identifies Tau Aggregates Occurring in Healthy Body Structures “Synergistic” Immunotherapies Elicit Strong Attack Against Aggressive Brain Tumors Read More.

Regional collaborations emerge to address the biomanufacturing workforce crisis

Posted on July 15, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

In Philadelphia alone, cell and gene therapy and gene editing companies are preparing to add more than 1,100 new employees per year for the next decade, a net gain of more than 6,000 new workers. Companies in Philadelphia are working hard to get ahead of this pending and existing issue. They have established the Life Science…

Latest ‘organ-on-a-chip’ is a new way to study cancer-related muscle wasting

Posted on July 8, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Studying drug effects on human muscles just got easier thanks to a new “muscle-on-a-chip,” developed by a team of researchers from Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and Inha University in Incheon, Korea.  By growing real human cells within microfabricated devices, an organ-on-a-chip provides a way for scientists to study replicas of human organs outside…

New microfluidic device delivers mRNA nanoparticles a hundred times faster

Posted on July 7, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

With a ‘liquid assembly line,’ Penn researchers have produced mRNA-delivering-nanoparticles significantly faster than standard microfluidic technologies. Read More in Penn Today

PACT Recognizes Technology, Healthcare and Life Sciences Innovation and Leaders in the Philadelphia Region at the 2021 Enterprise Awards

Posted on July 1, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

PACT, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies, culminated two days celebrating the Philadelphia region’s technology, healthcare and life sciences innovators and leaders at the 2021 PACT Enterprise Awards. Following the region’s first, large-scale gathering post-pandemic, the virtual event recognized 27 outstanding individuals and organizations through nine competitive categories.  The healthcare innovator award went to…

Penn Medicine Innovation Projects Secure Independence Blue Cross Grants

Posted on June 24, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Three Penn Medicine projects tied to its Center for Health Care Innovation were chosen by Independence Blue Cross to receive Clinical Care Innovation Grants. These grants are awarded annually to programs in the Philadelphia area that “improve the health and well-being” of patients. Read More.

Cancer Service Line & PC3I Access Accelerator Seeking Innovative Ideas on Cancer Care Access

Posted on June 23, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Through the Access Accelerator, the Cancer Service Line (CSL) and the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation (PC3I) at the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) invite applications for initiatives that aim to create and test innovative solutions to address challenges in cancer care access at Penn Medicine. Learn more.

Katherine Reuther, PhD, MBA named new Executive Director for Penn Health-Tech

Posted on June 17, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Penn Health-Tech, Penn Engineering, and Penn Medicine are excited to announce that Dr. Katherine (Katie) Reuther will join us as the new Executive Director of the Penn Center for Health-Devices and Technology (Penn Health-Tech), beginning mid-July 2021. Dr. Reuther will also be joining the School of Engineering and Applied Science faculty as Practice Associate Professor in…