Innovation

Mar 18, 2019 5 months ago

Innovation Spotlight: Children's Hospital Creative Art Therapists Offer Comfort, Coping, and Creativity

In our Innovators Series, we’re profiling University City entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies who are working on cutting-edge technologies and building the future right here in University City. We’ll feature those working in science, technology, medicine, and more to tell the story of how a virtuous cycle of innovation, talent, business formation, and placemaking is unfolding in our community, creating a 21st century economy that leverages knowledge into economic value and development.

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Feb 06, 2019 6 months ago

Innovation Spotlight: Two Penn Grads and Their Cutting Edge Glaucoma Treatment

In our Innovators Series, we’re profiling University City entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies who are working on cutting-edge technologies and building the future right here in University City. We’ll feature those working in science, technology, medicine, and more to tell the story of how a virtuous cycle of innovation, talent, business formation, and placemaking is unfolding in our community, creating a 21st century economy that leverages knowledge into economic value and development.

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Jan 23, 2014 5 years ago

White House Announces Promise Zones

University City District is proud to be among the organizations and City agencies collaborating for the recently announced Promise Zone - one of five localities throughout the United States designated by President Obama. Philadelphia's designation is an area encompassing many West Philadelphia neighborhoods, including parts of University City.

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Sep 06, 2013 5 years ago

#LoopedIn at The Porch

University City District (UCD) is excited to unveil Looped In, an innovative new social seating structure poised to “pop-up” in University City public spaces. Seeking a unique and portable seating system that encourages gathering and interaction, UCD selected Brian Phillips and Interface Studio Architects (ISA) to conceptualize and design the structure, which also explores the intersection of art and functionality.

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Aug 20, 2012 7 years ago

First Round Capital seeks to spur Phila. with move

First Round Capital, the early-stage venture-capital firm founded by technology entrepreneur Josh Kopelman, is moving its headquarters from West Conshohocken to Philadelphia’s University City section.

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May 16, 2012 7 years ago

Penn researchers report a gene-therapy success

For a quarter of a century, gene therapy has been stymied, largely because the patient's immune system attacks the treatment as a suspected rogue - or because it actually does turn rogue. Now, University of Pennsylvania researchers have convincingly shown that they can overcome these formidable obstacles.

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May 14, 2012 7 years ago

Penn gets $25 million for cancer-research center

The University of Pennsylvania has received a gift of $25 million to start a research center focused on the treatment and prevention of cancers linked to certain hereditary gene mutations, the Philadelphia institution said Tuesday.

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Apr 11, 2012 7 years ago

Avid's diagnostic aid for Alzheimer's gets FDA approval

A radioactive compound that lights up plaques in the brain to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in patients being evaluated for Alzheimer's and other causes of cognitive decline.

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Mar 26, 2012 7 years ago

Inovio Receives U.S. Patent for SynCon® H1N1 Influenza Universal Vaccine

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted U.S. Patent No. 8,133,723, covering Inovio's SynCon® universal vaccine related to H1N1 influenza. The patent granted to the Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania has been licensed exclusively to Inovio under its existing license agreement with the university.

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Feb 23, 2012 7 years ago

Vascular Magnetics Proves the Power of Philadelphia’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

PHILADELPHIA - (February 22, 2012) – When Vascular Magnetics raised $7 million in Series A financing this month, it demonstrated more than the potential of the start-up company’s proprietary, magnetically targeted drug delivery system for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD). It also proved the power of Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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