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Port Business Incubator

Incubating successful startups means more than giving them a space to grow

Overview

 

Finding flexible and affordable space can be an important step in the formation and growth of a successful company. Equally important is being located in an environment with a “critical mass” of entrepreneurs, innovators and sources of capital. Our world-class Port business incubator is one of only a handful of incubators in the region offering turnkey office and lab facilities, as well as access to shared lab equipment that is often too expensive for an early-stage company to purchase on its own. Beyond the physical infrastructure, the Port offers a strong connection to Greater Philadelphia’s innovation ecosystem and the ingredients startups need to grow and be successful. Residents can access Science Center networks and programs to capitalize and develop their businesses, while tapping into the rich pool of local talent to grow their workforce.  

"It only took a few weeks to move in and set up at the Port, and we quickly established collaborations with area research institutions, giving us access to critical resources."

Gabriel Otte, CEO and co-founder, Freenome - graduate of the Port business incubator

30+

incubator residents

250M+

in private capital raised by Port companies since 2012

$14M+

in government funding raised by Port residents since 2012

Our Companies

Home to a diverse group of early-stage companies in life sciences and emerging technologies, the Port business incubator at the Science Center in Philadelphia is often a startup’s first stop on its path to growth. Our residents are shaping the future of healthcare, energy, technology and beyond.

 

3711 Partners

3711 Partners LLC is a data science company developing cutting edge algorithms to analyze large and complex data. We provide data consulting services and custom algorithm development to a wide variety of clients from financial institutions to airport operators.

 

ANGLE North America
A medical technology company with a device that rapidly separates rare cells, such as cancer cells, from blood, for early diagnosis. 

 

AUM Life Tech
A biotech startup developing gene-targeting molecules that can be used for research and personalized medicine for a variety of rare diseases, cancers, and infectious diseases.  

 

BioBots
Developing the future of personalized regenerative medicine via a high-resolution, low-cost, desktop 3D bioprinter that builds functional living tissue such as organ models. 

 

Bioscript Science
Delivers high-quality medical communications for healthcare providers and patients.‎ Bioscript brings expertise, clarity and value to medical publications, meetings, electronic media and educational events.

 

BioSignal Analytics

Improving quality of healthcare through the use an automated interpretation technology, based on machine learning algorithms. Their decision-support tool, AutoEEG, integrates into neurologists’ clinical workflow and provides real-time seizure detection alerts. 

 

Clinical R&D 

Developing first-in-class precision methodologies that translate evidence based science into clinical applications. Their technologies have enabled breakthrough products that are transforming the landscapes of medicine through pioneering work in clinical research utilizing complex molecular and cell biological systems.

 

Cognizance Biomarkers
Developing a blood test for the rapid diagnosis of epilepsy. This blood test differentiates

epilepsy from other causes of seizures, sparing patients from unnecessary tests and inappropriate treatments.

 

ConquerAb

A consulting and medical device development company addressing undesirable immune responses to protein-based therapies. 

 

Enterin

Developing drugs to treat and prevent Parkinson’s disease by removing the alpha-synuclein protein from nerve cells in the gut.

 

EpiSmart
Specializing in the research, development and marketing of novel nutritional supplements. The company’s initial product, Bone Marrow Smart™, is the first supplement intended to support bone marrow health.

 

Evol Science
Offers assays and testing kits for research and drug discovery in cancer and other major diseases.  The technology platform seamlessly combines experimental validation with quantitation of specific molecules, simplifying the process of new target discovery.

 

Fermentec, Inc. 

Fermentec’s technology, the microdroplet maker, is to produce beer faster. With our product, companies will be able to expedite the process   of fermentation of beer by three to nine times.

 

Graphene Frontiers
A world-leading developer of graphene sensors and electronics. Their innovative manufacturing process makes it economically viable to produce large area graphene for commercial and industrial applications.

 

Hyalo Technologies
Establishing a next-generation nanotechnology drug delivery system that will reduce drug side effects and increase patient compliance. Hyalo accomplishes this by target-specific drug delivery, time-controlled drug release, sequential drug delivery intelligence and 100% biodegradability.

 

Immunome 

Advancing a pipeline of cancer immunotherapy candidates designed to work by stimulating the body’s immune system. Immunome’s proprietary RealMAb™ technology enables the simultaneous discovery of novel cancer antigens, molecules that cause the immune system to produce antibodies, and the native human antibodies that target those antigens and neutralize them.

 

iPraxis 

Creates opportunities for low-income students by increasing their interest and exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines through inquiry- and project-based learning.

 

Keosys Medical Imaging 

Provides innovative medical imaging solutions for multisite clinical trials and telemedicine. Headquartered in France, Keosys has become a European leader in Imaging Data Management Systems and advanced medical imaging software.

 

Lenima Field Diagnostic
Creating a point-of–care diagnostic test for infectious diseases in the gastrointestinal tract, blood stream, and respiratory tract. The test menu also includes novel cancer markers for screening high-risk individuals.

 

LignaMed
Developing a small molecule therapy to reduce side effects and increase effectiveness of radiation treatment for cancer. Synthesized from natural flaxseed, it has been shown to enhance chemotherapy and radiation treatment while protecting normal tissue from damage.

 

Oncoceutics
Developing a first-in-class small molecule cancer therapy. Targeting the most potent suppressor pathways in human cancer, its lead drug candidate, ONC201, is in clinical trials for multiple cancer indications.

 

Orange Maker
Developing a revolutionary 3-D printing process that offers increased speed, superior variety of compatible materials, smoother surface finishes, and greater degree of detail than currently available.

 

Persistent Telecom Solutions
Developing and offering products and services for network service providers to manage network performance, service and reporting, and to predict faults and service level breaches.

 

Persona Partners
Helps companies develop brands that symbolize the values and ideals espoused by their target consumers. Driven by robust data analytics, the client brand comes to represent an identity that customers aspire to represent themselves.

 

Phelix Therapeutics
Developing first-in-class protease inhibitors based on a platform that mimics natural structures. Initial targets include antiviral therapies for SARS, MERS and Ebola. Future platform expansions are planned to address cardiac and brain disorders.

 

PhenGen Biotech
Leading the effort to translate the latest gene delivery research into therapeutic applications for diseases where there is serious unmet need. PhenGen Biotech is developing novel therapeutics and research tools based on rAAV (recombinant adeno-associated viral) vectors.

 

Quatitative Radiology Solutions

Offers advanced body-wide quantification of medical images for applications in radiology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology. Its unique Automatic Anatomy Recognition (AAR) system supports recognition and delineation of anatomical objects and diseased tissue in multiple body regions in MRI, CT, and PET/CT images.

 

RSC Worldwide
A subsidiary of the UK-based Royal Society of Chemistry, the company's main purpose is to help promote chemical science activities in North America.

 

SAB Technology
Generates protein particles that contain DNA to be delivered to cells with genetic defects, which could potentially correct the defects.

 

SphereVis LLC

Developing novel microscope cover slides with embedded microspheres to improve resolution. This method is considerably less expensive than adding a high-resolution optical lens to an existing microscope, or purchasing a super-resolution imaging microscope.

 

SWELL
A marketing strategy and implementation company serving small- and medium-sized businesses and non-profit organizations. Specialties include tourism, economic development, higher education and start-ups.

 

Telesis
Developing a small molecule therapy that inhibits the metabolic process in cancer cells to treat patients with solid tumors such as pancreatic cancer.

 

Theragnostex

At Theragnostex we have developed a novel method that can both diagnose cancer and monitor patient responses to therapy via a simple blood test, adding a novel dimension to Liquid Biopsy. Theragnostex's exosome-based assay system - ExoSel - built on our proprietary isolation of disease-specific exosmes from the blood and the detailed analyses of their cargoes.

 

Viventia Bio 

Developing next-generation oncology therapeutics utilizing a proprietary Targeted Protein Therapeutic technology (TPT). The company’s novel TPTs have been designed to overcome the efficacy and safety challenges of existing antibody-drug conjugates.

 

Global Soft Landing

International companies can take advantage of the Global Soft Landing Program, which leverages the assets and resources of the Science Center and Greater Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial community to help global companies establish a foothold in the region’s life sciences and technology markets. Philadelphia offers a strategic location within easy reach of the nation’s regulatory/legislative hub in Washington and its financial center in New York.

 

“Coming from France and launching a new product category in the U.S. is highly ambitious. However, being able to establish our office in the Port has put us in a position to make key hires here and build a team here. With the added value of the Science Center network, we have a head start in creating relationships that will help us get traction in the market.”

Dawn Flitcraft, COO, Keosys NA

The International Business Innovation Association has designated the Port incubator as an InBIA Soft Landings International Incubator. The InBIA’s Soft Landings Program recognizes incubators that are especially capable of helping nondomestic companies enter the incubator’s domestic market. The Port is one of only 27 business incubation programs from around the world that have earned the designation since InBIA began the program in 2005.

 

Partnerships

The Science Center has formed partnerships with a number of international programs. For example, a partnership with Switzerland’s Yverdon Technology Park gives participating entrepreneurs space in the Port and Y-PARC’s incubator, as well as personalized support services, cultural coaching and counseling, and logistical support for travel and accommodation. This type of “foreign exchange,” organized through the Global Soft Landing Program helps international companies ease the transition when establishing operations in the reciprocal region and incubator.

 

The Science Center has partnerships with: 

Amenities

The Port is a turn-key facility catering to the flexible leasing needs of startup companies. Residents may select from a combination of fully furnished offices, cubicles, and wet and dry labs. Port staff leverages established networks to identify area resources that can help resident companies to grow and flourish.

All-inclusive with the Port’s easy-to-manage fee are: 

  • Rent and utilities
  • Furniture and VOIP phone 
  • 24/7 access
  • On-site security
  • Internet connectivity and on-site IT support
  • Individual laboratory suites furnished with benches, casework, chemical hood, and built-in safety features such as safety shower and eye-wash station
  • Shared scientific equipment including autoclave, cold room, glassware washer, de-ionized water, centrifuges and other laboratory instruments
  • Mail, copy and fax facilities 
  • Access to kitchen and cyber café areas
  • Basic cleaning and maintenance
  • Access to conference rooms, event space and shared receptionist services
  • Marketing and public relations assistance 
  • Connectivity with regional funding organizations, angel groups and venture capital firms
  • Guidance in strategic partnership development
  • Promotion to government agencies and policy makers