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…

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inventXYZ summer program will teach tech skills remotely via interactive digital projects

Posted on July 8, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The new education program from Nikil Ragav’s inventXYZ will allow students to learn key STEM skills from projects such as coding a COVID-19 simulator and building a Pong video game. Read more on Technical.ly Philly

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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…

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High sensitivity tech offers a potential COVID-19 testing solution

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Dr. Ping Wang, an associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, investigates diagnostics and diagnostic technology at Penn. Her clinical work focuses on making sure diagnostic results are delivered accurately and in a timely manner for patients at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests align with that, focusing on developing novel diagnostic…

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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…

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After saving his own life with a repurposed drug, a professor reviews every drug being tried against Covid-19. Here’s what he’s found

Posted on June 29, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The 35-year-old associate professor at the Penn Perelman School of Medicine leads the school’s Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment & Laboratory. For the last few years, he has dedicated his life to studying Castleman disease, a rare condition that nearly claimed his life. Against epic odds, he found a drug that saved his own life…

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Linnaeus Therapeutics announces clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck to evaluate LNS8801 in combination with KEYTRUDA

Posted on June 24, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Linnaeus Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel small molecule oncology therapeutics, today announced that it has entered into a clinical collaboration agreement with Merck to evaluate the combination of its lead investigational product candidate LNS8801, and Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in patients with selected advanced solid…

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Spinout Stories: Paradigm Surgical

Posted on — 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…

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The 10th annual Philly Tech Week will transform to all virtual

Posted on June 23, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philly Tech Week is scheduled for September 21 to 25th.  This year, it will be 100% virtual with community events, the Dev conference, and a signature event.  Participants can expect to connect with some of the region’s most fascinating and edge-defining technologists, entrepreneurs, and future makers. Learn more. 

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Philly Startup Leaders now has up to $550K committed to fund underrepresented founders

Posted on June 22, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Multiple funds and companies came together to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to support entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds.  Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) received funding from GoPuff, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and the city of Philadelphia. Read more on Technical.ly Philly

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