Turning back the clock on a severe vision disorder

Posted on March 31, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Gene therapy triggered the regrowth of healthy photoreceptor cells and restored vision in dogs with a severe form of Leber congenital amaurosis. Gustavo Aguirre and William Beltran, veterinary ophthalmologists and vision scientists at the School of Veterinary Medicine, have studied a wide range of different retinal blinding disorders. But the one caused by mutations in the NPHP5 gene,…

Vivodyne is the latest startup from Penn Bioengineering to raise $4 million in Seed Funding, led by Kairos Ventures

Posted on March 29, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Vivodyne, a bio-pharma startup from Penn Bioengineering, announced it has raised $4 million in seed funding. Vivodyne is developing a new bio-pharma discovery pipeline that starts and ends in lab-grown human tissue. This funding round is led by Kairos Ventures, a company that invests in scientific discoveries and commercializes them into viable businesses. The $4…

Strella Biotechnology, whose backers include Mark Cuban, expands its presence at Pennovation Works

Posted on March 26, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Strella Biotechnology, an I-Corps program graduate and former winner of the President’s Innovation Prize, has made news recently with its expansion in Pennovation Works and investments from Mark Cuban. Read more in the Philadelphia Business Journal (May be blocked by pay wall)

Here’s Where Funded Founders Went To School

Posted on March 25, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Every year or so at Crunchbase News, we take a look at which U.S. universities graduate the highest number of funded startup founders.  In the recent rankings, Penn Wharton was the #2 ranked business school with the number of graduating startup founders.  And overall, Penn was ranked #9 of the number of graduating startup founder….

How to get hired in Philly’s growing robotics scene

Posted on March 23, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Exyn Technologies, a Penn spinout, is one of at least a dozen firms working in robotics in Southeastern Pa. They are adding jobs and high and low altitude drones, ground and underwater robots and self-driving vehicles. Read More in the Philadelphia Inquirer

CAR-M era begins as Carisma doses first patient

Posted on March 18, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Carisma Therapeutics, the University of Pennsylvania spinout, announced today that they had dosed their first patient with CAR-macrophages, or what they call CAR-M. Relying on a bubbly immune cell that eats pathogens and often gathers around solid tumors, they hope it can bring the benefits of cell therapy into places where CAR-T has consistently failed….

Symposium: Cellicon Valley ’21: The Future of Cell and Gene Therapies

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Participants will leave with up-to-date, practical information which will have immediate clinical application, and an understanding of critical research initiatives that are rapidly driving this field forward, as well as the technical and scientific background on the current state, and where the latest scientific advances may take the field. Virtual Symposium, Thurs, May 6 –…

Penn Climate Ventures Prize competition

Posted on March 17, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Do you have what it takes to take on climate change? Register for the PCV Prize, Penn’s first ever climate pitch competition. Get a chance to pitch your ideas to solve some of the most pressing environmental issues. On top of prizes, you will have the opportunity to connect with other passionate entrepreneurs, be mentored…

Penn-affiliated Startups Actively Fundraising – Spring 2021

Posted on March 16, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

PCI supports and facilitates startup formation and growth through our startup creation programs and our licensing partnerships. This list of Penn affiliated startups are actively fundraising. For more information and to directly contact these companies, please email: pciinfo@pci.upenn.edu   Download and share this list   Diagnostic Companies Chip Diagnostics (series A) is commercializing an innovative…

Research at Penn 2021 brochure

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Innovative Research at Penn continues despite the pandemic. A coronavirus policy response simulator, uterine transplant childbirth, sustainable pig farms, CRISPR-edited immune cells and more. Check out the new Research at Penn 2021 brochure!