Penn Center for Innovation

Big pharma shied away from gene therapy for years. Academia picked up the slack

Posted on March 18, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

When big pharma backed away from gene therapy, academia transformed tech transfer to advance the science.

“The old way is, ‘I have a patent, I’m going to throw it over the fence to you and you throw me a sack of money,'” said John Swartley, managing director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Innovation, in an interview. “This is completely different. This is co-development.”

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