Penn Center for Innovation

An interview with Nikil Ragav of InventXYZ on I-Corps and the President’s Innovation Prize.

Posted on May 27, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Nikil Ragav’s senior year at Penn was an exciting one. It started with him taking the I-Corps course in the fall,  leveraging that experience and expanding his startup over winter, to then winning the President’s Innovation Prize in the spring. Only a few weeks after winning the Innovation Prize, Nikil was a guest speaker in…

Spring 2020 Penn I-Corps celebrates graduates and launch of a virtual program

Posted on May 14, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The spring 2020 Penn I-Corps training was a success despite the logistical challenges faced by the teams and I-Corps program staff due to COVID-19. The cohort got underway right when the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the Penn campus closing. In previous sessions, each of the I-Corps teams would meet in person over five weeks to…

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.  …

USPTO launches platform to facilitate connections between patent holders and potential licensees in key technologies

Posted on May 6, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveiled a new web-based intellectual property (IP) marketplace platform, Patents 4 Partnerships, to provide the public with a user-friendly, searchable repository of patents and published patent applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic that are indicated as available for licensing. The new platform will facilitate the voluntary licensing…

ProNoto: Eliminating the clutter to focus on the medicine

Posted on April 23, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Health care priorities have shifted suddenly for professionals and researchers worldwide as dedicated focus is required for solving one problem: the spread and mitigation of the coronavirus. There are new studies, guidelines, and frontline recommendations emerging at record speed, and along with the difficulty of treating COVID patients, our health care providers also need to…

Take steps to avoid patentkilling ‘pre-print’ disclosures

Posted on April 21, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

PCI was featured in the April edition of Technology Transfer Tactics discussing the topic of pre-print disclosures.  Executive Director of Licensing Benjamin Dibling, PhD, and Chief Operations Officer Jennifer Langenberger were interviewed as part of the article. Read on page 59 of this PDF.

Anish Kumar named Managing Director of Pennovation Works

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Pennovation Works now has a Managing Director, a new role designed to manage overall direction and oversight of the 23-acre innovation community adjacent to Penn’s West Philadelphia academic campus. Read more.

How to launch a startup at Penn: Video

Posted on April 17, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

On Thursday, April 16, the Penn Center for Innovation hosted a webinar for 30 Penn students, researchers, and faculty on how to launch a startup at Penn. The presenter, Michael Poisel, Director of the PCI Ventures program, overviewed how entrepreneurs can leverage their Penn IP to start a business and the services PCIV offers to…

Nikil Ragav, fall 2019 I-Corps graduate, wins the 2020 President’s Innovation Prize

Posted on April 15, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Nikil Ragav, founder of inventXYZ, was awarded the 2020 Penn President’s Innovation Prize.  With a cash award of $100,000 plus a one-year $50,000 living stipend per team member, it is the largest opportunity of its kind in higher education today. inventXYZ aims to empower the inventors of tomorrow through practical, real-world experiences and education for…

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…