Penn mRNA Scientists Drew Weissman and Katalin Karikó Receive 2021 Lasker Award, America’s Top Biomedical Research Prize

Posted on September 24, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

As mRNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccines are deployed to protect hundreds of millions of people across the world and point the way to end the deadly global COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Pennsylvania scientists whose prescient discovery science effort laid the foundation for swift vaccine development have been awarded the 2021 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Messenger…

Penn establishes the Center for Precision Engineering for Health with $100 million commitment

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The University of Pennsylvania announced today that it has made a $100 million commitment in its School of Engineering and Applied Science to establish the Center for Precision Engineering for Health. The Center will conduct interdisciplinary, fundamental, and translational research in the synthesis of novel biomolecules and new polymers to develop innovative approaches to design complex…

Luxturna inventor Jean Bennett starts a new gene therapy company to tackle rare diseases left behind by pharma, VCs

Posted on September 22, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Bennett, who designed and co-developed Luxturna, A few years ago Jean Bennett found herself in a surprising place for a woman who invented the first gene therapy ever approved in the United States: No one, it seemed, wanted her work. Bennett, who designed and co-developed Luxturna, approved in 2018 for a rare form of blindness,…

Philly just ranked high on a global list of startup ecosystems. These local leaders aren’t surprised

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After earning the title of top “emerging” city last year, Philadelphia landed a spot in the overall top 30 of Startup Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report. The city scored highest for its market reach and talent. Read More in Philly

Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman named to the 2022 National Inventors Hall of Fame

Posted on September 21, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The National Inventors Hall of Fame, in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is excited to announce the 2022 Class of Inductees. The new class will be honored and officially welcomed to the National Inventors Hall of Fame at The Greatest Celebration of American Innovation® on May 5, 2022. “The messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines…

Penn engineers will develop on-demand, on-site mRNA manufacturing

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Penn Engineering researchers are developing a new manufacturing technique that would be able to produce mRNA sequences on demand and on-site, isolating them in a way that removes the need for cryogenic temperatures. With more labs able to make and store mRNA-based therapeutics on their own, the “cold chain” between manufacturer and patient can be made…

Co-founder of Avisi Technologies named one of the Greater Philadelphia’s Inno Under 25

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In the first edition of this PHL Inno feature, we’re showcasing some of the region’s promising young innovators. From building companies out of their college dorm rooms and raising funds to back their launches to expanding the reach of their early-stage ventures, each is making waves locally and in some cases nationally. Along with co-founder…

At-home COVID-19 results with the click of a smartphone

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Penn researchers have developed a highly-sensitive rapid antigen test that can detect small loads of SARS-CoV-2. “Antigen tests are hugely insensitive to early infections when your viral load is low,” says Ping Wang,a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine. “You may test negative and think you’re safe to return to work…

Webinar Recording: Latest Trends in Life Science Investing

Posted on September 17, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The Penn Center for Innovation hosted a webinar on September 13, 2021 focused on the latest trends in the venture capital landscape. The speaker was Barbara Schilberg, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BioAdvance.  

Smart dental implants

Posted on September 10, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Geelsu Hwang of the School of Dental Medicine and colleagues are developing a smart dental implant that resists bacterial growth and generates its own electricity through chewing and brushing to power a tissue-rejuvenating light. Read more in Penn Today