Penn Center for Innovation

Philly start-ups pivot and scramble, trying to survive and thrive amid pandemic

Posted on November 23, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A look at the different ways businesses are changing to adapt to COVID. The article features Pennovation tenant Tozuda: “Many other entrepreneurs had to come up with new ideas. Jessie Garcia, founder of Tozuda (www.tozuda.com), a head impact sensor for concussions, survived a succession of hard knocks. Some studies involving team sports that Garcia was…

FloBio selected as a 2020 Falling Walls finalist for Science Start-Up Breakthrough of the Year

Posted on October 22, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

FloBio, an early stage medical diagnostic company announced that it was selected by Falling Walls Venture as a finalist for the Falling Walls Breakthrough of the Year in the category of Science Start-Ups.   FloBio is breaking the wall of diagnosing bleeding and thrombotic risk by pioneering a novel point-of-care diagnostic platform that enables clinicians…

Colliers LabNotes Interview with Michael Poisel of PCI Ventures

Posted on September 16, 2020 — 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.  

PCI Ventures, Pennovation & Penn-affiliated companies represented at PACT 2020 Capital Conference

Posted on August 21, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

PACT Capital Conference has a long tradition of uniting key players from the private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial communities.  Each year, out of 100+ submissions, around 45 Entrepreneurial Companies are chosen to pitch their innovations live in front of investors, professional advisors, and key decision makers at the Capital Conference. This year, a number…

Pennovation Accelerator moves online

Posted on July 22, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

In its third summer, the six-week program for startup companies went entirely virtual, but that didn’t stop the cohort of entrepreneurs from learning, networking, and innovating. Read More on Penn Today

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.  …