Penn Center for Innovation

Paradigm Shift: A Penn engineer pivots to a career in health tech

Posted on July 9, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Before becoming the first full time employee of Paradigm Surgical, Jonathan Sanchez was a Penn Engineering undergrad searching for a side project to explore his interest in CAD. Six years later, Jonathan is the Lead Product Design Engineer for the five year old medical device startup. In our interview below, Jonathan walks us through how…

Webinar Recording: Pennovation Works

Posted on July 2, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Discover the opportunities for startups and researchers that are available at the Pennovation Works campus.  This webinar was hosted by Anish Kumar, managing director of Pennovation Works, and Mike Wojewodka of MRA Group. The Pennovation Works is a distinctive blend of offices, labs, and production space developed by The University of Pennsylvania to link the…

Spinout Stories: Paradigm Surgical

Posted on June 24, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

In our Spinout Stories blog series, PCI features a Penn-affiliated company that leveraged programs like PCI Ventures and I-Corps on their path to commercialization.  Paradigm Surgical is one such startup success story.  What started as an idea in Dr. John Fischer’s lab to improve abdominal surgery for hernias, is now a five year old medical…

Meet the 10 early-stage companies in Pennovation Accelerator’s 2020 cohort

Posted on June 15, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

This year’s startups include two graduates of the Penn I-Corps program, Pawsitive and Percepta. Read more on Technical.ly Philly

Spinout Stories: Quantitative Radiology Solutions

Posted on May 12, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

This year, PCI will be highlighting a few of the impressive companies that have spun out from research or technologies invented at the University of Pennsylvania. These companies formed by leveraging the programs of PCI Ventures and their team of experts in the field of company formation, executive recruitment, strategic advising, and multifaceted fundraising.  …

COVID-19: Bio researchers race to repurpose everything from antiviral to anticancer discoveries

Posted on March 31, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

“As for startup Pinpoint Therapeutics, it was founded on the discovery that drugs designed to combat the malaria virus may also have promise in fighting cancer—and now its scientists are taking their antiviral know-how and applying it to COVID-19. Pinpoint is developing drugs that inhibit PPT1, a pathway targeted by a class of antimalarial drugs…

NextUp: The Penn spinout inventing the next generation of surgical rools

Posted on January 6, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Verix Health is developing a suite of steerable surgical needles to enable minimally invasive treatment of hard-to-reach cancer tumors. Read More (On Philadelphia Magazine online)

JPOD @ Philadelphia, 365 days later

Posted on November 6, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

One year after the launch of the partnership between Penn and Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the Pennovation Center celebrated the early successes of this innovative program. Read more. (Penn Today)

More Philly tech graduates are staying here. That’s a good thing.

Posted on October 25, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

When it comes to high tech, Philadelphia is no Silicon Valley. We’re not even Boston’s Route 128, bumptiously designated “America’s Technology Region.” But Vijay Kumar, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, is optimistic about the region’s future as a high-tech center. “I think we are hitting an inflection point in the…

Philadelphia biotech firm spun out of Penn goes public in $74.8M IPO

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philadelphia’s Cabaletta Bio Inc. raised $74.8 million in an initial public offering Friday, becoming the region’s first life sciences IPO of 2019. The University of Pennsylvania spinout company sold 6.8 million shares of common stock at $11 per share. Read More on Bizjournals.com