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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)

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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)

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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)

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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…

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Three-year-old pumping bra startup Lilu is shipping its first orders

Posted on August 30, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Lilu, a graduate of PCI’s I-Corps program, is starting to ship orders of its flagship product, a hands-free bra with automated massage. Read more. (Technical.ly Philly)

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Applications are now open for the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn

Posted on August 26, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Most people have heard of a hackathon, but the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn is a makerthon. Instead of the classic hackathon focus on software development, a makerthon is where students compete to build innovative hardware solutions for healthcare problems. The makerthon portion of the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn is an immersive two-day event to encourage…

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LabArchives to provide in-person training for Penn researchers and instructors

Posted on August 23, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Penn will be holding on-site LabArchives training on September 19-20. Sessions will target investigators new to the electronic research notebook system as well as those interested in learning its more advanced capabilities. Last summer the Vice Provost for Research and the Vice Provost of Education began offering the LabArchives Electronic Research Notebook system for researchers, instructors,…

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Treatment doctor tested on himself can put others into remission

Posted on August 19, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Five years ago, David C. Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, both a Penn Medicine researcher and patient, tried an experimental treatment based on his laboratory research findings in the hopes of saving his own life. He has been in remission ever since. Now his research is shedding new light on why it worked, paving the way…

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Applications open for the 2019 AWE Pitch

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Applications are open for The AWE Pitch, an opportunity for women founders to perfect their pitch in order to grow their business. Presented by the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), The Pitch provides two sessions through which founders can refine their content and delivery while connecting with AWE’s powerful network of seasoned women founders. The…

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A wearable new technology moves brain monitoring from the lab to the real world

Posted on August 14, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The portable EEG created by PIK Professor Michael Platt and postdoc Arjun Ramakrishnan has potential applications from health care to sports performance. Read this Article (Penn Today)

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