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The (nearly) complete oral history of the first 10 years of Philly Tech Week

Posted on September 16, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Why does PTW matter? Ahead of the 10th annual Philly Tech Week presented by Comcast, watch a bunch of the city’s tech, entrepreneurship and innovation leaders recount memories. Read More on Technical.ly Philly Don’t forget to register for PCI’s event on the 23rd 

Colliers LabNotes Interview with Michael Poisel of PCI Ventures

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Colliers LabNotes provides a curated summary of the market news of the discoveries, successes, investments and deals that are shaping the Philadelphia Life Sciences cluster.  In their recent newsletter, they featured a video interview with PCI Ventures’ Michael Poisel.  

Philadelphia metro area increases ranking in JLL 2020 U.S. Life Sciences Outlook

Posted on September 14, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The Philadelphia Metro area is ranked number six among top life sciences clusters in the U.S. in the JLL 2020 U.S. Life Sciences Outlook, which was released on July 28.  The placement for the region is an increase over the 2019 report, which listed Philadelphia at number eight.  JLL, a leading professional services firm that specializes…

Robot dogs join US Air Force exercise giving glimpse at potential battlefield of the future

Posted on September 9, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Emerging from United States Air Force planes, four-legged robot dogs scampered onto an airfield in the Mojave Desert, offering a possible preview into the future of warfare.  The dogs are called Vision 60 UGVs, or “autonomous unmanned ground vehicles” by their manufacturer, Ghost Robotics of Philadelphia. Read More on CNN.com

Engineers develop laser-controlled, cell-sized robots

Posted on September 4, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Researchers from Penn Engineering and Cornell are looking through this lens at an even more fundamental level: creating robotic systems that are on the scale of biological cells. One of the researchers’ robots next to a paramecium. (Image: Penn Engineering) They have created the first microscopic robots that are made with semiconductor processing and can…

Fierce BioTech ranks Penn #8 on the global R&D Institute list

Posted on September 2, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Many new drugs and diagnostics would never have seen the light of day if it wasn’t for these institutes, and our top 10 are the most prolific when it comes to collabs and research pacts with the life sciences industry, with many big-name scientists and alumni working at biotech spin outs from our leading institutes….

Philadelphia-area companies, researchers battling Covid-19 among recipients of $10 million in grants

Posted on August 28, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The state will provide $10 million in grants to 23 Pennsylvania life sciences companies, universities and research institutions working on Covid-19 vaccines and treatments. The University of Pennsylvania received two grants totaling nearly $876,000 for work on a Covid-19 vaccine and on therapeutics including a study looking approaches for treating obese patients infected by the…

Penn stikes deal with Hemogenyx for sponsored research on CAR-T leukemia treatment

Posted on August 19, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals plc, a biopharma company group developing new therapies for blood diseases, has entered into a sponsored research agreement with the University of Pennsylvania to advance the CAR- T cells developed by the company (HEMO-CAR-T) toward clinical trials. The research is viewed as the first step of a larger program that hopes to achieve…

2021 Penn Nursing Innovation Accelerator

Posted on August 17, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The Penn Nursing Innovation Accelerator provides up to $10k for research and development of a proposed innovation idea that has an existing low-fidelity prototype which has been minimally tested. The award amount will be determined by the budget and justification provided by the applicant (maximum of $10k). Mentorship & coaching will be provided by Penn…

New funding supports milestone initiative to advance solar energy research

Posted on August 10, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Penn’s Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology is a partner in a $40 million award from the Department of Energy that will accelerate fundamental research on solar technology. Read more on Penn Today