Penn Center for Innovation

I-Corps Blog: QTEK

Posted on July 17, 2015 — Kat Hinkel

Week 1 QTEKTM¬ LLC provides an effective means of bestowing industrial plastics with long-lasting antimicrobial properties. QTEK is dedicated to creating a safer future by partnering with health and hygiene industry leaders to create a new landscape of product options focused on reducing infection transmission on common touch surfaces. The I-Corps team consists of Mengya…

I-Corps Blog: Paradigm Surgical

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Week 1 Incisional hernia is a significant and costly problem that affects over a quarter of a million people annually. The current state of the art to repair hernia involves suturing a piece of prophylactic mesh over the incision. This process is too time-consuming, too variable, and most importantly, it is ineffective, as 1 in…

I-Corps Blog: Maternité

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Week 1 Motherhood is one of the most joyous and special occasions of a woman’s life. Momcares’ vision is to make the whole experience more convenient and comfortable for the mother, through its products. Our first product will be a bra for nursing mothers that will make the pumping process easier, by using warming and/…

I-Corps Blog: LocalPulse PopUp Retail

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Week 1 LocalPulse Retail aims to turn vacant storefronts in urban communities into vibrant pop up stores featuring e-commerce brands. We are currently looking to partner with property owners in Center City and e-commerce businesses to accomplish this. If successful, the pop up would help provide both property and business owners with an otherwise absent…

I-Corps Blog: LocalAventura

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Blog Post 1 — Building our Pilot Program A vital point in building LocalAventura was the decision to launch a pilot program. We hoped to use this pilot to both build customer credibility and a loyal customer base, as well as to learn more about what type of client our business appeals to and how…

I-Corps Blog: LifeCycle

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Week 1 For each minute that elapses after you experience cardiac arrest, your chance of survival decreases by 7-10%. This is a life-threatening problem since it takes on average 11 minutes for an ambulance to reach you in most major US cities. LifeCycle delivers life-saving care through a mobile fleet of ambulance motorcycles (“ambucycles”) that…

I-Corps Blog: LashBee

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Week 1 LashBee aims to make thick, long and beautiful lashes more ubiquitous by designing tools that allow lash stylists to quickly and safely apply semi-permanent eyelash extensions to consumers.  Currently, eyelash extensions are prohibitively expensive for consumers since the process is time-consuming and highly specialized.  However, those who do get the treatment, such as…

I-Corps Blog: Proton Imaging

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Week 1  We are developing a proton imaging system that improves proton therapy treatment accuracy and protects healthy tissue from damage. We reached out to potential end-users (e.g., researchers, oncologists, and medical physicists) in radiation oncology for initial thoughts on whether or not they’d value our idea.  We received feedback that we put into a…

I-Corps Blog: ConcusSense

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Week 1 According to the CDC nearly 1.7-3.8 million Americans have a sports-related concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, of which, a third go undiagnosed. Untreated individuals with single or multiple head injuries are at risk for cognitive decline, neurodegenerative conditions, and death. Combined direct and indirect costs of managing TBI including…

I-Corps Blog: Cahoots

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Week 1 The Problem: There is no way to see the whole story No system captures the whole story of how ideas turn into action. When recruiters and advertisers look for clientele, they experience this problem first hand. ~97% of recruiters use online tools for recruiting purposes… Only 3.5% say it’s an effective measure for…