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  1. The case for Narcan and CPR training

    February 2018

    ImmERge Labs cofounder Marion Leary was walking home from the Philadelphia Eagles parade last Thursday, amid a city overcome with joy when, suddenly, she bumped into the very problem her startup is trying to fix. Surrounded by police officers and a small crowd, a middle-age overdose victim lay motionless on a North Philly sidewalk. A woman was atop the…

  2. Penn Researchers Identify New Treatment Target for Melanoma

    January 2018

    Researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a new therapeutic target for the treatment of melanoma. For decades, research has associated female sex and a history of previous pregnancy with better outcomes after a melanoma diagnosis. Now, a research team from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania…

  3. LIA Diagnostics, ImmERge Labs join Science Center health accelerator

    September 2017

    It’s been quite a year for scientist Marion Leary. First, her startup ImmERge Labs spun out from Penn, kicking things off by landing the $50,000 first prize at the AppItUP Demo Day. Then, she scores Geek of the Year at the Philly Geek Awards. And now, her company was announced as one of seven tech startups joining the University City Science Center’s Digital Health…

  4. Virtual Reality Can Save Your Life

    September 2017

    The woman on the treadmill next to you at the gym collapses. You rush to her side, but she’s not breathing and has no pulse. Do you know what to do next? If not, virtual reality may be the key to saving her life. Unlike a heart attack, which occurs when blood flow to the…

  5. ImmERge Labs’ new CPR Virtual Teachable Moment At American Crane & Equipment Corporation

    August 2017

    American Crane recently had the opportunity to open their facility to the ImmERge Labs, an Upstart company spun out of the University of Pennsylvania, to introduce their employees to some of the newest and most innovative technology being applied in the medical field today. After recently completing their official CPR certification training, American Crane’s employees…

  6. How Virtual Reality Is Changing Cardiovascular Care

    August 2017

    Virtual reality has been a staple of science fiction ever since Stanley G. Weinbaum wrote about high-tech goggles in 1935’s Pygmalion’s Spectacles. Now that virtual reality has become actual reality, it’s slowly but surely revolutionizing the treatment of heart disease and stroke.

  7. Cancer Survivor Becomes a Cancer Fighter at a Philly Start-Up

    July 2017

    What Debra Travers really wanted to be was a marine biologist, until “I found out Jacques Cousteau wasn’t hiring.” How she wound up as chief executive of PolyAurum LLC, a Philadelphia start-up developing biodegradable gold nanoparticles for treating cancerous tumors, involved a professional journey of more than 30 years in pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries, and…

  8. CARMA Therapeutics Closes Initial Funding to Advance Chimeric Antigen Receptor Macrophages (CARMA) to Treat Solid Tumors

    June 2017

    CARMA Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company developing cellular immunotherapies, co-founded by the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), announced today that it has closed an initial financing. The financing was co-led by AbbVie Ventures and HealthCap with participation by Grazia Equity and IP Group Inc. CARMA Therapeutics is building a pipeline of cancer programs using its proprietary…

  9. Power Moves: A Penn spinout that wants to save lives through VR just hired a CEO

    April 2017

    Are you prepared to save someone’s life if they suddenly collapse next to you on the street? ImmERge Labs already knows most people aren’t. Founded by University of Pennsylvania researcher Marion Leary — who heads up innovation research at Penn’s Center for Resuscitation Science, the startup is now out of stealth mode and hired Matt Grabowsky as its…

  10. Ostiio wants to improve quality of life for kids with craniofacial defects

    March 2017

    Ostiio is a Philadelphia medical device startup that’s just a few months old but has big ambitions: improving the quality of life for children with craniofacial defects, such as craniosynostosis and defects in the midface or lower jaw. The company was part of an entourage of technology entrepreneurs from Philadelphia through the Penn Center for Innovation…

  11. Ghost Robotics’ Minitaur Demonstrates Impressive New Skills

    February 2017

    Last time we saw Ghost Robotics’ Minitaur (which was also the first time we saw Ghost Robotics’ Minitaur), it was getting around mostly by using a sort of hopping or bounding gait. Minitaur can move fairly quickly like this, but one of the advantages that it has as a quadruped is the potential to use…

  12. Ghost Minitaur™ Highly Agile Direct-Drive Quadruped Demonstrates Why Legged Robots are Far Superior to Wheels and Tracks When Venturing Outdoors

    February 2017

    Ghost Robotics, a leader in fast and lightweight direct-drive (gearless) legged robots, announced today that its patent-pending Ghost Minitaur™ has been updated with advanced reactive behaviors for navigating grass, rock, sand, snow and ice fields, urban objects and debris, and vertical terrain. The latest gaits adapt reactively to unstructured and dynamic environments to maintain balance,…

  13. ELS: Why School Leaders Need To Be Trained Like Jet Pilots

    February 2017

    Imagine you are a newly promoted principal, replacing a principal who’d left the job after only one year. Right before your first staff meeting you are confronted with a challenge with which you have no experience: a teacher comes to you in great distress because she is being bullied by a fellow teacher. If you…

  14. Exyn unveils AI to help drones fly autonomously, even indoors or off the grid

    February 2017

    A startup called Exyn Technologies Inc. today revealed AI software that enables drones to fly autonomously, even in dark, obstacle-filled environments or beyond the reaches of GPS. A spin-out of the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Labs, Exyn uses sensor fusion to give drones situational awareness much like a human’s. In a demo video shared by…

  15. Michael Poisel Interviewed on The Entrepreneurs Network Radio

    January 2017

    Rick Anthony visits with Michael Poisel, Director, PCI Ventures and founder of UPstart, a program to support faculty and staff to start businesses based on their research. The Entrepreneurs Network Radio is the nation’s crossroads for serial and aspiring entrepreneurs, angel investors and helpful service providers, hosted by business impresario, Rick Anthony.

  16. UPenn start-up develops advanced four-legged robot to scan rough, dangerous terrain

    September 2016

    A University of Pennsylvania start-up has developed a four-legged robot designed to move across unknown, rough and vertical terrains. Ghost Robotics’ medium-sized, gearless robot, the Ghost Minitaur, is superior to wheeled and tracked autonomous vehicles across a range of field applications, the company states.

  17. PolyAurum Wins Mid Atlantic Bio Angels 1st Pitch Life Science Philadelphia Competition

    September 2016

    Mid Atlantic Bio Angels (MABA) announces today that PolyAurum, Inc. ( was chosen as “Best in Show” at MABA’s Philadelphia 1st Pitch Life Science event, which took place at the Cira Center on September 15, 2016.  PolyAurum is a preclinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of biodegradable gold nanoparticles (BGNPs) for…

  18. Newest Resident at Port Business Incubator Plans to Disrupt Cancer Treatment

    July 2016

    Quantitative Radiology Solutions is the latest company to hang its shingle at the University City Science Center’s Port Business Incubator. By taking up residency at the Port, Quantitative gains access to an extensive network of resources to grow its business. Quantitative is also a participant in the Phase I Ventures Program, which allows early-stage companies to…

  19. BluePen Biomarkers Announces Collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania

    June 2016

    The University of Pennsylvania has co-founded and structured BluePen Biomarkers in collaboration with BluePrint Bio, Inc. and Emerald Logic, Inc. to conduct biomarker research and identification. BluePen is creating a comprehensive biomarker measurement and discovery pipeline for the acceleration of personalized medicine. BluePen will collaborate with Ian Blair, PhD, the A.N. Richards Professor of Systems…

  20. Biotech Startups Partner to Accelerate Personalized Cancer Detection and Treatment

    April 2016

    Houston-based MolecularMatch, which launched its online platform two years ago to connect cancer patients to treatment options and clinical trials, has partnered with Liquid Biotech USA Inc., a personalized cancer diagnostics company, to advance early cancer detection and treatment. MolecularMatch works with labs, hospitals and physicians to identify treatment options, such as clinical trial and…

  21. Liquid Biotech Selected as a Finalist in the 2016 Enterprise Awards Life Sciences Startup Category

    February 2016

    The Company is honored to announce that it has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Enterprise Awards for Life Sciences Startup.  The Enterprise Awards, presented by PACT and in partnership with KPMG, recognizes and honors leadership and outstanding achievement in the technology, healthcare and life sciences industries throughout the Philadelphia area.  The criteria…

  22. naviHealth Acquires RightCare Solutions

    December 2015

    naviHealth, Inc., a Cardinal Health company, today announced the acquisition of RightCare Solutions, Inc., a healthcare decision support software service provider specializing in hospital discharge planning software and readmissions management. RightCare’s software is powered by proprietary, evidence-based decision-support technology developed in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

  23. Penn Spinout Liquid Biotech Raises $2M in Seed Funding

    December 2015

    University of Pennsylvania spinout Liquid Biotech announced today that it has raised $2 million in seed financing from Japan’s Oncolys Biopharma, which it said would be used to further develop and refine its proprietary circulating tumor cell (CTC) identification and isolation technology.

  24. RightCare Signs Hunterdon Medical Center as First NJ Provider, Helps with CARE Act Compliance

    October 2015

    Hunterdon Medical Center (HMC) was one of the first U.S. hospitals to embrace the idea that improving patient care would also reduce hospital costs, through New Jersey’s pioneering gainsharing demonstration project launched in 2009. To build on its forward-thinking care coordination strategy, HMC today announced another NJ first: A partnership with RightCare Solutions, Inc., a…

  25. Fox Chase Cancer Center—Temple Health Teams with RightCare to Improve Cancer Care

    September 2015

    RightCare Solutions, Inc. has been selected by Fox Chase Cancer Center—Temple Health to enhance its care transitions process and ensure oncology patients receive the type of post-acute care best suited to their individual needs. The agreement allows Fox Chase to streamline its patient care workflow, reduce costs, and improve patient outcomes.

  26. RightCare Touch App Connects Hospitals, Patients

    July 2015

    RightCare Solutions announced the launch of RightCare Touch, an app designed to make it easier to stay in touch with patients after discharge, ensure they’re recovering properly with their personalized care plan, and prevent unnecessary post-acute care services and re-admissions. The app is available now for Apple iOS devices and Google Android devices, and can…

  27. Graphene Frontiers Featured on Motherboard

    January 2015

    Getting a physical is a pain. Wouldn’t it be nicer if you didn’t have to give up two vials of blood and wait a few weeks to find out if there’s something horribly wrong with your body? What if instead you could run 100 tests with just a single drop of blood?  That’s the (admittedly…