Penn Center for Innovation

Passage Bio wins the Life Sciences PA Deal of the Year Award

Posted on May 12, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Life Sciences PA has announced that Passage Bio is the recipient of their 2021 Deal of the Year Award.  This award, and several others, will be given out at their Annual Ceremony which this year is a Tailgate at Citizens Bank Park on Wed, May 26.  Register here. 

No battery? No problem. At Penn, a mini-electric car draws energy from its surroundings.

Posted on May 3, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The technology, invented in the lab of James Pikul, PhD, at Penn Engineering, also could run a generator during a power outage, with no noise or fumes. Read More in the Philadelphia Inquirer

With its flagship light device, Lumify Care improves patient experience from the frontline

Posted on April 29, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Penn Nursing senior Anthony Scarpone-Lambert earned a 2021 President’s Innovation Prize for his company and its first trio of products: uNight Light, the Sleep-First Education Initiative, and the uNightShift Community. Read More in Penn Today

The Vaccine Trenches

Posted on April 27, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Key breakthroughs leading to the powerful mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 were forged at Penn. That triumph was almost 50 years in the making, longer on obstacles than celebration, and the COVID-19 vaccines may only be the beginning of its impact on 21st-century medicine. Read More in the Penn Gazette

MedCity Spotlight Video: How PCI is combating Covid-19

Posted on April 26, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

As part of MedCity’s 2021 INVEST conference, Cesar de la Fuente, presidential assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the value of the rapid low-cost diagnostic test he has developed to detect SARS-CoV-2 and how the platform technology can be deployed to detect other diseases cost-effectively.  

Cancer cell therapy pioneer Carl June receives the Sanford Lorraine Cross Award

Posted on April 21, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

World-renowned cancer cell therapy pioneer Carl June, the Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy in the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine and director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, received the $1 million Sanford Lorraine Cross Award for his groundbreaking work in developing chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy….

This Penn-founded biotech company specializing in human ‘organs on chip’ raised $4M

Posted on April 20, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A Penn-founded biotech company that helps scientists test drugs and therapeutics has raised $4 million in order to more widely adopt their platform that embraces “organs on chip” technology. Vivodyne’s goal is to lower the bar for labs and scientists to test their own research. Read More in Philly

Y-Prize Competition 2020-2021 Grand Finale

Posted on April 19, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

You’re invited! Come see the pitches by four Y-Prize finalist teams as they look to take home the $10,000 grand prize. We’ll show 10-minute presentations, followed by a Q&A between the judging panel and each team. The judges will announce a winner. RVSP Here

Class of 2021 President’s Engagement and Innovation Prize winners announced

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

The Prizes enable students to take on post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world. Three students were named 2021 President’s Innovation Prize recipients: Aris Saxena and Yiwen Li for Mobility, and Anthony Scarpone-Lambert for Lumify Care. Read More on Penn Today

Philadelphia-area life sciences companies reeled in nearly $3B in the 1st quarter

Posted on April 16, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Strong investor interest in local life sciences companies continued during the first quarter of 2021 with 16 Philadelphia-area businesses reeling in more than $2.9 billion.   Cell and gene therapy companies, the industry’s hottest sector, accounted for more than $980 million of that figure.   Read More in the Philadelphia Business Journal