Penn Center for Innovation

PCI is here to support the Penn community

Posted on March 24, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

PCI continues to fully serve the Penn community and work with both its internal and external stakeholders on vital innovation and commercialization activities during this challenging time. Our on-campus offices are currently closed, but the entire PCI team is available and working remotely during normal business hours. All PCI-managed activities, except in-person events and meetings,…

Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund

Posted on March 23, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund offers grants or zero-interest loans to Philadelphia small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, administered by the Department of Commerce and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), aims to: Provide relief to small businesses in order to help them survive this crisis. Retain as many employees as possible. Help businesses…

2019 was a great year for PCI Ventures!

Posted on March 19, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

We are sharing our 2019 Spotlight during a time of uncertainty.  While these are challenging circumstances, it is important for us, now more than ever, to showcase the inventors, entrepreneurs, and partners who are at the heart of what we do. Our 2019 Spotlight reflects on and celebrates the progress we made this past year. …

Amicus opens UCity R&D tower, calls Philly the ‘Cradle of Cures’

Posted on March 10, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Amicus Therapeutics, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical firm focused on rare diseases, has moved nearly 100 R&D professionals over the past year into 3675 Market St., in Philadelphia’s University City, and plans to add another 100. “Here in Philadelphia is where we are going to do all our science,” says John Crowley, chief executive of Amicus,…

View the Innovation @ Penn Schedule for SXSW 2020

Posted on February 25, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

PCI is excited to once again be a Tradeshow Exhibitor at SXSW and support the efforts of Amplify Philly. If you will be in Austin, check out our Booth #622 and visit the Amplify Philly House Startups to Meet at Booth #622 Sunday, March 15 10:30am – 2:30pm: Exyn Technologies, FulPhil + Cocoa Press 2:30pm – 4:30pm: Atlas, THRIVE + Alphagora…

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…

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…

Celebrating Penn Innovators, Inventors, and Partners

Posted on December 4, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

On Tuesday, December 3 at the beautiful Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts in the Van Pelt Library, more than 150 Penn inventors and partners came together to celebrate Penn’s innovation achievements during fiscal year 2019. The fourth annual Celebration of Innovation highlighted the best of the University’s innovators from medical devices…

People of PCI: Jennifer Langenberger

Posted on December 2, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

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 fourth spotlight shines on Jennifer…

Technology of the Month: Topical Treatment for Autoimmune Disorders

Posted on November 14, 2019 — Jessica Jones Gupta

When you have an autoimmune disorder, it can feel like you’re not safe in your own body. Your own immune system attacks healthy tissues causing chronic pain, mobility issues, and other debilitating symptoms. Common drugs to alleviate (not cure) your condition can often cause their own set of issues, which are both painful and costly….