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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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…

  19. 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…