Three-year-old pumping bra startup Lilu is shipping its first orders

Posted on August 30, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Lilu, a graduate of PCI’s I-Corps program, is starting to ship orders of its flagship product, a hands-free bra with automated massage. Read more. ( Philly)

Applications are now open for the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn

Posted on August 26, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Most people have heard of a hackathon, but the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn is a makerthon. Instead of the classic hackathon focus on software development, a makerthon is where students compete to build innovative hardware solutions for healthcare problems. The makerthon portion of the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn is an immersive two-day event to encourage…

LabArchives to provide in-person training for Penn researchers and instructors

Posted on August 23, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Penn will be holding on-site LabArchives training on September 19-20. Sessions will target investigators new to the electronic research notebook system as well as those interested in learning its more advanced capabilities. Last summer the Vice Provost for Research and the Vice Provost of Education began offering the LabArchives Electronic Research Notebook system for researchers, instructors,…

Treatment doctor tested on himself can put others into remission

Posted on August 19, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Five years ago, David C. Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, both a Penn Medicine researcher and patient, tried an experimental treatment based on his laboratory research findings in the hopes of saving his own life. He has been in remission ever since. Now his research is shedding new light on why it worked, paving the way…

Applications open for the 2019 AWE Pitch

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Applications are open for The AWE Pitch, an opportunity for women founders to perfect their pitch in order to grow their business. Presented by the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), The Pitch provides two sessions through which founders can refine their content and delivery while connecting with AWE’s powerful network of seasoned women founders. The…

A wearable new technology moves brain monitoring from the lab to the real world

Posted on August 14, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The portable EEG created by PIK Professor Michael Platt and postdoc Arjun Ramakrishnan has potential applications from health care to sports performance. Read this Article (Penn Today)

Blinking eye-on-a-chip used for disease modeling and drug testing

Posted on August 9, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

People who spend eight or more hours a day staring at a computer screen may notice their eyes becoming tired or dry, and, if those conditions are severe enough, they may eventually develop dry eye disease (DED). DED is a common disease with shockingly few FDA-approved drug options, partially because of the difficulties of modeling…

Carisma Therapeutics raised nearly $60M in Series A funding. Now what?

Posted on August 8, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

What’s ahead for the cell therapy startup working out of the now-full BioLabs@CIC. Carisma Therapeutics, working on a cellular therapy aimed at fighting solid tumors, is planning for growth: The University City company is hoping to hire about 10 more employees by the end of the year after raising nearly $60 million, its CEO told…

People of PCI: Melissa Kelly

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The Penn Center for Innovation is often the behind-the-scenes force promoting Penn discoveries, innovation, and technology. With this blog series, we’re moving the amazing PCI staff into the spotlight to learn about what they do, what led them to PCI, and how their work helps the greater Penn community. Our second spotlight shines on Melissa…

Here’s how much venture capital Philly companies have raised so far in 2019

Posted on August 7, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

With half a billion invested, companies in and around Philadelphia have raised more in the first half of 2019 than at the same time in years prior, according to data from the PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree report. Read More on Philly