By Hannah Spector

Located a quick 10-minute walk from Penn’s campus in the heart of University City is the Science Center, a mission-driven nonprofit that commercializes promising technology, convenes people to inspire action, and cultivates talent. For over 50 years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development across the emerging technology sectors. “We meet people daily wherever they are in the innovation lifecycle. Our team can get involved at any stage and complement the great things happening at the University of Pennsylvania,” says Tiffany Wilson, President and CEO of the Science Center.

Scientists at uCity Square-based biotech start-up Integral Molecular. The company was launched by a team of scientists who met at the University of Pennsylvania.

Commercialization

The Science Center focuses many…


By Hannah Spector

César de la Fuente is a University of Pennsylvania presidential assistant professor and leader of the Machine Biology Group. He has appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In June 2020, de la Fuente was selected as the first recipient of the annual Nemirovsky Engineering and Medicine Opportunity (NEMO) Prize. Made possible by a generous gift from Ofer Nemirovsky, EE’79, W’79, PAR’21, the NEMO Prize is focused on supporting early-stage ideas at the intersection of engineering and medicine. Awardees receive $80,000 to support their project.

This miniature, portable version of a rapid COVID-19 test is compatible with smart devices and can detect SARS-CoV-2 within four minutes. (Image: Courtesy of César de la Fuente)

What is your NEMO-funded…


By Hannah Spector

Since its founding in 2013 by Dr. Roderick Wong, PennHealthX has grown into a fully-funded program that provides medical students with opportunities to explore and contribute to innovation in health care. In addition to their coursework and clinical rotations, PennHealthX leadership is busy organizing learning experiences, networking opportunities, and much more for students at the University of Pennsylvania.

In November 2018, Dr. Roderick Wong endowed the PennHealthX program with a $6 million donation. He signed the gift agreement alongside Penn President Amy Gutmann during a ceremony at Penn Medicine’s Smilow Research Center. (Photo by Daniel Burke)

Events & Networking

Innovation-based lectures, workshops, and networking events allow students to learn from and work with faculty, industry leaders, and fellow Penn students. PennHealthX has hosted over 100 lecture-series events and four conferences with over 640 tickets sold…


By Hannah Spector

Educational labs can teach specific laboratory techniques and experimentally demonstrate key theoretical concepts, but this often does not lend itself to design. On the other hand, design labs encourage creativity but are often limited to specific courses, which in turn limits the breadth of resources available.

“We give students the space to learn through experience.”

This is where the George H. Stephenson Foundation Educational Laboratory and Bio-MakerSpace comes in. With over 500 supplies available, the Bio-MakerSpace is open to all Penn students and can accommodate a wide variety of disciplines, such as molecular biology, chemistry work, 3-D…


By Hannah Spector

Microrobots clear a glass plate of a biofilm. (Geelsu Hwang and Edward Steager)

The Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD) launched on January 22nd with a virtual program to celebrate this new partnership. Their goals are two-fold: 1) Accelerate the discovery and translation of new therapies, diagnostics, and devices to address unmet needs in oral health, and 2) Train the next generation of leaders in oral-craniofacial research and oral health care innovation.

“There is an urgent need to innovate and find new affordable solutions for people who are susceptible to oral and craniofacial diseases.”

The center’s co-directors are Dr. Michel Koo, DDS, MS, PhD of Penn Dental Medicine and…

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