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Here’s what Amplify Philly, now a nonprofit, has planned for SXSW 2020

Posted on February 24, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The city’s official presence at Austin’s annual conference/festival/cultural hub is its own independent entity, though it’s still getting lots of support from local stakeholders, including former fiscal sponsor Philly Startup Leaders. This year’s sponsors include the likes of returning bigwigs Comcast, CHOP and the City of Philadelphia (read about the Philadelphia Global Identity Partnership’s branding efforts in the Philly…

This isn’t a ‘biotech bubble,’ it’s ‘Philadelphia’s moment’ to become a center for gene therapy, says Penn-based CEO

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Smart, small biotech companies — dozens in the U.S. over the last two years, including several in the Philadelphia area — have gone public before they’ve made a profit, a sale, or even a product. Is too much money chasing too few winners? Will this end like the dot.com blowup of 2001? “This is not…

Penn’s Dr. Jean Bennett is the Life Sciences PA 2020 Scientific Achievement Award Winner

Posted on February 19, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Dr. Jean Bennett has been named the recipient of the Life Sciences PA Scientific Achievement Award, to be presented during the Life Sciences PA Annual Dinner March 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The Life Sciences PA Scientific Achievement Award recognizes a scientist in the Pennsylvania life sciences community who has demonstrated outstanding achievement by…

Pinpoint Therapeutics raises $1 Million seed round led by Kairos Ventures

Posted on February 12, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Pinpoint Therapeutics, Inc. (“Pinpoint”), a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel autophagy inhibitors to treat cancer, announced today that it has raised $1 million in debt financing led by Kairos Ventures of Beverly Hills, California. Read More on Yahoo Finance

Cutting-edge CRISPR gene editing appears safe in three cancer patients

Posted on February 7, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Launching a new chapter in the fast-moving cancer immunotherapy field, scientists have blended two cutting-edge approaches: CRISPR, which edits DNA, and T cell therapy, in which sentries of the immune system are exploited to destroy tumors. Two women and one man, all in their 60s—one with sarcoma and two with the blood cancer multiple myeloma—received…

Penn gene therapy pioneer Jim Wilson’s Passage Bio plans IPO

Posted on February 4, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philadelphia-based Passage Bio plans to raise as much as $125 million selling stock shares to the public through an initial public offering (IPO), the Philadelphia-based firm told the Securities and Exchange Commission in a public filing Monday. Passage Bio, based on gene therapy technology developed by University of Pennsylvania biotech pioneer James Wilson, says it will…

The most promising Philly tech companies in this new decade: RealLIST Startups 2020

Posted on January 30, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The startups chosen for this year’s roundup vary in product and in mission, but represent innovative approaches and solutions across rising industries in Philadelphia and beyond. Read More on Technical.ly Philly

Deciphering a cancer treatment’s dark side

Posted on January 22, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A cancer therapy that harnesses the immune system to combat tumors has come with some steep learning curves—among them, how to manage the treatment’s sometimes risky side effects. One common hazard of CAR-T cell therapy, as it’s known, is a dramatic inflammatory response, which can trigger symptoms from high fevers to organ failure. Research published…

Win a chance to attend SXSW with Philly Startup Leaders and Amplify Philly

Posted on January 17, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philly Startup Leaders has a unique opportunity to send three companies – led by founders from underrepresented backgrounds – to SXSW this year. This is all part of Amplify Philly, bringing the best of Philly business, culture, and tech into the international spotlight. Philly Startup Leaders’ plays an active role in producing Amplify Philly, with…

Penn Innovation from coast to coast

Posted on January 16, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Whether in Philadelphia, or across the country, stakeholders are eager to attend PCI events that showcase Penn’s latest faculty innovators and cutting-edge startups.  This year’s Innovation @ Penn event in San Francisco was no exception. Almost 200 investors, corporate partners, alumni and supporters converged on Wharton San Francisco’s office at the base of the Bay…