Partner with PCI

PCI is a one-stop shop for corporate partners and investors interested in early stage Penn technologies

The PCI team can serve as your point of contact for exploring opportunities within Penn to leverage faculty-invented ideas and technologies. PCI is experienced with working with both local and international early stage and late stage investors of all kinds.

Our process is focused on efficient relationship building and negotiation so that we can facilitate meaningful and successful investment partnerships resulting in technology innovation and product development.

The PCI team can guide you through the process of starting a company as well as connect potential investors to early stage emerging companies founded by Penn faculty and students.

To get started, please contact Laurie Actman who can connect you with the right person and next steps at

Corporate Outreach

PCI facilitates strategic relationships with corporate partners to support development and commercialization of Penn-invented technologies. These partnerships can take many forms including sponsored research, a license, startup formation, or a strategic alliance. Corporate partners interested in the competitive advantage afforded by Penn technologies should contact PCI to initiate discussions to acquire commercial rights to the technologies. PCI staff will work with corporate partners efficiently and effectively to negotiate and finalize agreements that enable companies to develop and commercialize Penn technologies.

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