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…

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…

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…

Watch: Innovation @ Penn Virtual Pitch Session

Posted on June 22, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Seven startups pitched to the Wharton Alumni Club of Austin and guests at the Innovation @ Penn first virtual pitch session. The startups pitching are companies that were scheduled to appear at SXSW 2020 until the festival was cancelled. The order of pitches: Alphagora Lilu Zero Eyes Pawsitive Prohibix Atlas Simply Good Jars Learn more…

Webinar Recording: Turn your engineering idea into a startup

Posted on June 8, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

On Thursday, May 28, Manny Stockman of Osage University Partners presented on the things to consider before you launch a startup and common things venture investors consider before investing in an engineering startup.  Watch the recording below.  

Webinar Recording: Survival Strategies for Startups during COVID-19

Posted on May 31, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A discussion of how startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs can successfully navigate the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic. Featuring: – Brett Topche, Managing Director, Red & Blue Ventures Andrew Hamilton, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Laurie Actman of the 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.  …