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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…

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…

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

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.

Three-dimensional printing turns fiction into medical reality

Posted on July 25, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Three-dimensional printing—sometimes called additive manufacturing—uses millions of coordinates to deposit small amounts of material in specific areas based on a computer-aided design (CAD). While the technology dates back to the mid-1980s, it’s only been in the past several years that its potential has come to the forefront, especially in the health care environment. Indeed, 3D…

‘Smart aviary’ at Pennovation Works poised to break new ground in behavioral research

Posted on July 24, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A collaboration that has brought together biologists, engineers, and physicists from Penn centers to study the reproductive behavior of birds using machine learning in a custom-built aviary at Pennovation Works. Read more

Benchmarks Q&A with Carter Caldwell

Posted on July 18, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Penn Benchmarks (Preclinical and Discovery Science at Penn Medicine newsletter) interview with Carter Caldwell. Read more.

Philly drone startup raises $16 million, with CIA’s venture capital arm pitching in (Inquirer)

Posted on July 3, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Exyn Technologies, the Philadelphia robotics pioneers, announced Friday that the company has raised $16 million to expand operations. The privately-held tech firm founded by Vijay Kumar, the Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Engineering school, has long been on the forefront of aerial drone development. Read More The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 2, 2019