Penn Center for Innovation

Innovation @ Penn is a sponsor of Philly Tech Week

Posted on September 16, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The Innovation @ Penn team, including PCI and Pennovation Works, is proud to support Philly Tech Week 2020. #PTW20 is September 21 to 25th and is all virtual this year and includes both free and paid events. To view the full calendar of activities, visit 2020.phillytechweek.com. Representatives from Penn will be active throughout the conference,…

Sept 23: Join PCI and our partners at Philly Tech Week and Amplify Philly @ Home

Posted on September 14, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

On Wednesday, September 23, Penn is pleased to partner with Philly Tech Week and Amplify Philly on two great virtual events.   Penn Contributions to COVID Solutions: 1pm – 2pm Join PACT and the Penn Center for Innovation for this look at SARS-CoV-2 research and response at Penn and partner institutions. This event is part…

Engineers develop laser-controlled, cell-sized robots

Posted on September 4, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Researchers from Penn Engineering and Cornell are looking through this lens at an even more fundamental level: creating robotic systems that are on the scale of biological cells. One of the researchers’ robots next to a paramecium. (Image: Penn Engineering) They have created the first microscopic robots that are made with semiconductor processing and can…

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…

NSF awards $104M to the creation of four new research centers (including one led by Penn)

Posted on August 7, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The U.S. National Science Foundation is investing $104 million in four new engineering research centers over the next five years.  Each center will have a specific research focus. Penn is one of the Principal Investigator, under the direction of Dr. Cherie Kagan, of the new NSF Engineering Research Center for the Internet of Things for…

Webinar Recording: SBIR/STTR Resources to Bring Your Technology from Lab to Market

Posted on August 5, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The Penn Center for Innovation and the National Cancer Institute’s SBIR Development Center hosted a webinar to discuss resources and funding for researchers on August 3, 2020.     The last few months have been challenging for the small business and research communities, which has motivated the NCI SBIR Development Center to create new opportunities…

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

César de la Fuente wins inaugural NEMO Prize, will develop rapid COVID virus breath tests

Posted on July 20, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The paper-based tests could be integrated directly into facemasks and provide instant results at testing sites. When Penn Health-Tech announced its Nemirovsky Engineering and Medicine Opportunity, or NEMO Prize, in February, the center’s researchers could only begin to imagine the impact the looming COVID-19 pandemic was about to unleash. But with the promise of $80,000 to support early-stage…

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…

Penn’s Research Resumption Strategy Master Plan

Posted on July 6, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

As the University anticipates improvement in the trajectory of the pandemic, we have begun planning to resume our research activity. The plan for the resumption of research was informed by several task forces and councils, representing input from all Penn schools. The document and associated resources will evolve as technology and tools that support research…