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  

Gene Therapy Program at Penn Medicine joins AAVCOVID Vaccine Project

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Renowned program led by James M. Wilson, MD, PhD, a leading expert in the technology platform used in the experimental vaccine, to conduct preclinical studies in joint research and development project with Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital. Read Penn Medicine News

Novartis inks deal to make experimental coronavirus vaccine

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Swiss drugmaker will make gene-based Covid-19 vaccine being developed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Pennsylvania. Read more in the Wall Street Journal

Philadelphia biotech company expands successful partnership with Penn

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Cabaletta Bio is expanding its sponsored research agreement with Penn to include three additional B cell-mediated autoimmune disease targets. The research will be conducted under the direction of Cabaletta co-founder Dr. Aimee Payne, an associate professor of dermatology in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and director of the Penn Clinical Autoimmunity Center of Excellence. Read More…

Prescient Therapeutics locks in two licences for new cell therapy tech

Posted on May 27, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Anti-cancer biotech company Prescient Therapeutics (PTX) has received two key licences to build a new cell therapy platform. Prescient revealed today it has received an exclusive licence from the University of Pennsylvania for a universal immune cell receptor technology platform invented at the university. Read more on The Market Herald

An interview with Nikil Ragav of InventXYZ on I-Corps and the President’s Innovation Prize.

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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…

This Penn startup uses ‘ethical AI’ to avoid racial profiling in shoplifting monitoring

Posted on May 14, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Percepta, a year-old security startup out of University of Pennsylvania, is making moves this summer — namely in that four of its five cofounders are graduating from undergrad next week and are joining the Pennovation Accelerator in September to take next steps with business and development of their AI-based retail security product. The tech uses what the cofounders…

Spring 2020 Penn I-Corps celebrates graduates and launch of a virtual program

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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…

Fur-baby sick? Wharton MBA launches start-up, taking telemedicine to pets’ parents.

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My Virtual Veterinarian, a startup that participated in the Penn ICorps program last fall, won Wharton Entrepreneurship’s entrepreneurship competition this year. The competition was done virtually amid the COVID-19 health crisis. Read more on the Philadelphia Inquirer

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.  …