Penn Center for Innovation

I-Corps Blog: LifeCycle

Posted on July 17, 2015 — Kat Hinkel

Week 1 For each minute that elapses after you experience cardiac arrest, your chance of survival decreases by 7-10%. This is a life-threatening problem since it takes on average 11 minutes for an ambulance to reach you in most major US cities. LifeCycle delivers life-saving care through a mobile fleet of ambulance motorcycles (“ambucycles”) that…

I-Corps Blog: LashBee

Posted on — Kat Hinkel

Week 1 LashBee aims to make thick, long and beautiful lashes more ubiquitous by designing tools that allow lash stylists to quickly and safely apply semi-permanent eyelash extensions to consumers.  Currently, eyelash extensions are prohibitively expensive for consumers since the process is time-consuming and highly specialized.  However, those who do get the treatment, such as…

I-Corps Blog: Proton Imaging

Posted on — Kat Hinkel

Week 1  We are developing a proton imaging system that improves proton therapy treatment accuracy and protects healthy tissue from damage. We reached out to potential end-users (e.g., researchers, oncologists, and medical physicists) in radiation oncology for initial thoughts on whether or not they’d value our idea.  We received feedback that we put into a…

I-Corps Blog: ConcusSense

Posted on — Kat Hinkel

Week 1 According to the CDC nearly 1.7-3.8 million Americans have a sports-related concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, of which, a third go undiagnosed. Untreated individuals with single or multiple head injuries are at risk for cognitive decline, neurodegenerative conditions, and death. Combined direct and indirect costs of managing TBI including…

I-Corps Blog: Cahoots

Posted on — Kat Hinkel

Week 1 The Problem: There is no way to see the whole story No system captures the whole story of how ideas turn into action. When recruiters and advertisers look for clientele, they experience this problem first hand. ~97% of recruiters use online tools for recruiting purposes… Only 3.5% say it’s an effective measure for…

I-Corps Blog: Automated Anatomy Recognition

Posted on — Kat Hinkel

Week 1 We help physicians make better treatment decisions through the segmentation and quantification of medical images. Automatic Anatomy Recognition is an innovative technology for segmenting and quantifying medical images. Through collaboration with Penn’s Department of Radiation Oncology, we identified a first application for this technology in radiation therapy planning. Our participation in I-Corps will…

I-Corps Blog: Animotion

Posted on — Kat Hinkel

Week 1 Our goal for last week was to evaluate our two main customer segments, athletes and patients with joint disease. Our hypothesis was that they will be interested in using Animotion to monitor their joint function. To test this idea, we conducted a consumer product survey to assess the reaction to our product and…