Penn mRNA researchers Drew Weissman and Katalin Karikó awarded the 2021 Albany Prize

Posted on August 27, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

For their landmark research that set a foundation for the mRNA SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Drew Weissman, the Roberts Family Professor of Vaccine Research, and Katalin Karikó, an adjunct professor of neurosurgery at the Perelman School of Medicine and a senior vice president at BioNTech, have been selected to receive the 2021 Albany Prize. The award, one…

COVID-19 mRNA vaccine that uses fundamental Penn technology receives FDA approval

Posted on August 24, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the first full approval to a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, which uses modified mRNA technology invented and developed by scientists in the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn, whose years of research in mRNA science laid a critical piece of the foundation for the largest global vaccination campaign…

Wharton: Why declining entrepreneurship in the U.S. is not a concern

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Entrepreneurship in the U.S. has declined in recent decades because high-skilled college graduates have found that they can earn more in well-paying jobs than starting their own business. Cheaper capital and lower prices of capital goods also helped businesses become more profitable and therefore increased their ability to hire high-skilled workers who would otherwise have…

No Dead Ends: New material makes for a promising fuel cell electrolyte

Posted on August 18, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Penn Engineers and their colleagues showed that the proton conductivity of their new fluorine-free polymer increases with water content and exceeds that of Nafion, the current industry standard for fuel cell electrolytes. Read More in the Penn Engineering Blog

Engineers create faster and cheaper COVID-19 testing with pencil lead

Posted on August 16, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

To address cost, time and accuracy, a new electrochemical test developed by Penn researchers uses electrodes made from graphite—the same material found in pencil lead. Developed by César de la Fuente, Presidential Assistant Professor with appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Science, these electrodes reduce the cost to $1.50 per test and require…

Updated Penn Patent Policy

Posted on August 12, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The University periodically revises and updates its policies and procedures regarding patents and tangible research property, to ensure that such policies and procedures keep pace with best practices and national trends and meet the needs of the community. In the face of the increased complexity of the University’s patent portfolio, a faculty and staff committee…

Penn Dental Medicine, Penn Engineering Award First IDEA Prize to Advance Oral Health Care Innovation

Posted on August 11, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Penn Dental Medicine and Penn Engineering, which teamed earlier this year to launch the Center for Innovation and Precision Dentistry (CiPD), recently awarded the Center’s first IDEA (Innovation in Dental Medicine and Engineering to Advance Oral Health) Prize. Dr. Henry Daniell, W.B. Miller Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Basic & Translational Sciences at Penn Dental Medicine, and his…

Packaging-free design quadruples microbatteries’ energy density

Posted on August 10, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

New research from the lab of James Pikul, PhD, has shown a new way to build and package microbatteries that maximizes energy density even at the smallest sizes. Read More in Penn Engineering Today

New cell therapy shows potential against solid tumors with KRAS mutations

Posted on August 9, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A new technology for cellular immunotherapy developed by Abramson Cancer Center researchers at Penn Medicine showed promising anti-tumor activity in the lab against hard-to-treat cancers driven by the once-considered “undruggable” KRAS mutation, including lung, colorectal, and pancreatic. The foundational technology is available for licensing through PCI. Read the Article in Penn Today

These obese mice lost weight by ‘sweating’ their fat, Penn team finds

Posted on August 4, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

In search of better treatments for type 2 diabetes and other consequences of obesity, Taku Kambayashi has long wondered if he could harness a bodily function that most people think about in a very different context: the immune system. There was evidence to suggest this approach might work, as certain types of immune cells were…