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…

Applications open for the 2019 AWE Pitch

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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…

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)

Blinking eye-on-a-chip used for disease modeling and drug testing

Posted on August 9, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

People who spend eight or more hours a day staring at a computer screen may notice their eyes becoming tired or dry, and, if those conditions are severe enough, they may eventually develop dry eye disease (DED). DED is a common disease with shockingly few FDA-approved drug options, partially because of the difficulties of modeling…

Carisma Therapeutics raised nearly $60M in Series A funding. Now what?

Posted on August 8, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

What’s ahead for the cell therapy startup working out of the now-full BioLabs@CIC. Carisma Therapeutics, working on a cellular therapy aimed at fighting solid tumors, is planning for growth: The University City company is hoping to hire about 10 more employees by the end of the year after raising nearly $60 million, its CEO told…

People of PCI: Melissa Kelly

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The Penn Center for Innovation is often the behind-the-scenes force promoting Penn discoveries, innovation, and technology. With this blog series, we’re moving the amazing PCI staff into the spotlight to learn about what they do, what led them to PCI, and how their work helps the greater Penn community. Our second spotlight shines on Melissa…

Here’s how much venture capital Philly companies have raised so far in 2019

Posted on August 7, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

With half a billion invested, companies in and around Philadelphia have raised more in the first half of 2019 than at the same time in years prior, according to data from the PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree report. Read More on Philly

Recently Awarded Patents (April, May + June 2019)

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We are proud to recognize the following inventors who were issued patents between April and June 2019. Congratulations!   US Patents (15) Chitosan-Based Matrices And Uses Thereof By Bert O’Malley, MD of Penn Medicine Patent 10,245,274 Issued: 4/2/2019 Technology Description   Random RNA Libraries, Methods Of Generating Same, And Screening Methods Utilizing Same By James Wilson,…

Having trouble navigating the commercialization process? Our Open House is for you!

Posted on August 5, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

On Tuesday, September 17, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research is opening the doors for its first annual Open House. This event is designed to connect the Penn community and partners to the resources, tools, and advice needed to successfully commercialize innovation. During the event, you can meet with the experts at Penn…

A Center City biotech company is using an algorithm to help patients with memory loss

Posted on July 29, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Nia Therapeutics’ technology stimulates memory for patients with traumatic brain injury. On the roadmap: treating mild cognitive impairments and Alzheimer’s disease, too. Read on Philly website.