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…

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…

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…

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. 

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

Watch: Innovation @ Penn Virtual Pitch Session

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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…

Linnaeus Therapeutics scientific cofounders publish preclinical pancreatic cancer data in cellular and molecular gastroenterology and hepatology

Posted on June 15, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Linnaeus Therapeutics, a privately held clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel small molecule oncology therapeutics, announced that its scientific cofounders, Christopher Natale, PhD, Vice President of Research at Linnaeus and Todd Ridky, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, presented their findings…

Meet the 10 early-stage companies in Pennovation Accelerator’s 2020 cohort

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

This year’s startups include two graduates of the Penn I-Corps program, Pawsitive and Percepta. Read more on Technical.ly Philly

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.