Penn Center for Innovation

Gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy safely preserves muscle function

Posted on October 9, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A Penn study shows delivering a ‘distant cousin’ of a key protein prevented muscle damage without triggering an immune response in large animal models. Read more. (On Penn Today)

Equalize 2020: A pitch competition & symposium to empower academic women entrepreneurs

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Equalize 2020 is a pitch competition and symposium designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. This event will provide a platform to select, coach, and promote women inventors with startup technology to engage the investor and corporate community, building networks and creating a sustainable effort to drive…

Philadelphia: Here are your nominees for the 2019 Technical.ly Awards

Posted on October 8, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Voting is open for the awards in categories spanning startups, impact and inventions through Nov. 7, and join us for the celebration event on Dec. 12. Penn startups Lilu and Neuroflow are two of the nominees. Learn more and vote. (Technical.ly Philly)

Linnaeus Therapeutics announces FDA clearance of investigational new drug application for LNS8801

Posted on September 24, 2019 — 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, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the company’s investigational new drug application (IND) for LNS8801, a small molecule agonist of the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER). Linnaeus is developing…

PACT Capital Conference 2019

Posted on September 23, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) Conference is Thursday, September 26, 2019 at XFINITY Live! PACT will offer a full day of content, speakers, networking and company pitches. Each year, the PACT Capital Conference connects the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to investors. It showcases mature companies from the Philadelphia region along with…

Penn biopharma spinout closes $12M financing

Posted on September 20, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Linnaeus Therapeutics is a development stage biotech company engaged in the identification and development of small molecule agents for the treatment of cancer. Read more. (Philadelphia Business Journal)

The redemption of James Wilson, gene therapy pioneer

Posted on September 13, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A deep look into the history of gene therapy through the work of Penn’s Dr. James Wilson. Read more. (Chemical & Engineering News)

Philly’s Mini Maker Faire for local inventors and crafters returns this October

Posted on September 9, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Despite the national organization shutting down earlier this year, the Philly chapter of the Maker Faire will return to Pennovation next month — and hopes to double attendance. Read More. (Technical.ly Philly)

Alzheimer’s pioneer Virginia Lee wins $3 million Breakthrough Prize for work at Penn

Posted on September 5, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Virginia Lee, director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, was awarded one of seven $3 million Breakthrough Prizes. Read More (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Gene therapy startup Passage Bio raises $110M Series B, its second raise in less than a year

Posted on September 4, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philadelphia-based novel gene therapy startup Passage Bio says it closed a $110 million Series B round of funding, less than seven months after raising a $115.5 million Series A. The company’s latest round of funding was led by Access Biotechnology, with participation from existing investors OrbiMed, Frazier Healthcare Partners, Versant Ventures, Lily Asia Ventures, New…