Deciphering a cancer treatment’s dark side

Posted on January 22, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

A cancer therapy that harnesses the immune system to combat tumors has come with some steep learning curves—among them, how to manage the treatment’s sometimes risky side effects. One common hazard of CAR-T cell therapy, as it’s known, is a dramatic inflammatory response, which can trigger symptoms from high fevers to organ failure. Research published…

Win a chance to attend SXSW with Philly Startup Leaders and Amplify Philly

Posted on January 17, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philly Startup Leaders has a unique opportunity to send three companies – led by founders from underrepresented backgrounds – to SXSW this year. This is all part of Amplify Philly, bringing the best of Philly business, culture, and tech into the international spotlight. Philly Startup Leaders’ plays an active role in producing Amplify Philly, with…

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…

Penn researcher wins $200,000 from Science Center’s Proof-of-Concept Program

Posted on January 15, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The University City Science Center has announced three awardees in the latest round of its QED Proof-of-Concept Program which partners with regional academic and research institutions to prepare their most promising life science technologies for commercialization. One of the awardees is from the Penn School of Engineering and Applied Sciences The awardees will each receive…

PCI featured in the Penn Almanac

Posted on January 14, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

PCI’s Celebration of Innovation and Annual Report were featured in the Penn Almanac, the official weekly journal for the Penn community. The two articles honored the awardees from the Celebration of Innovation and featured the key statistics and programs from last fiscal year. Read about the Awardees Read about PCI programs and statistics

Our own cells could be the secret weapon in the fight against cancer

Posted on January 10, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Bruce L. Levine, PhD, Barbara and Edward Netter Professor in Cancer Gene Therapy at the Perelman School of Medicine, wrote a guest article for Wired UK titled, “Our own cells could be the secret weapon in the fight against cancer”. Read this article online.

Dock Street Brewery makes world’s first drone-assisted beer in Philly

Posted on — Jessica Jones Gupta

Philadelphia is a proud city of firsts, and now we can lay claim to the first drone-assisted beer. Dock Street Brewery, one of the country’s first post-Prohibition craft microbreweries, has partnered with Point Breeze neighbor Exyn Technologies (and Penn spinout) on the Dock Street Swarm Intelligence Pale Ale. Read More on the Philadelphia Voice  

NextUp: The Penn spinout inventing the next generation of surgical rools

Posted on January 6, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Verix Health is developing a suite of steerable surgical needles to enable minimally invasive treatment of hard-to-reach cancer tumors. Read More (On Philadelphia Magazine online)

Evan and the chocolate factory

Posted on January 3, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Engineering student Evan Weinstein fixated on the idea of liberating bespoke chocolates from the confines of both the bar and the mold. Rather than cast a chocolate shape, why not build it? Cocoa Press is his solution. Read more on Penn Today

A gift for disruption: Visionary Roderick Wong gives back to PennHealthX

Posted on January 2, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Roderick Wong, M’03, came to the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) with a vision for a broader type of education and impact than the traditional physician route. This year, he made headlines when he gave a $6 million gift to endow the Roderick T. Wong PennHealthX Program, one of the largest single gifts to support medical…