Latest news from the Science Center, our resident companies and the innovation ecosystem.

March 28, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Journalists seek to bridge technology, community gap at summit at Penn

Philadelphia is poised to be the next technological hub due to a number of innovative, multi-billion dollar projects that are underway or in the pipeline. When the National Association of Black Journalists Region I hosts its “Diversity, Innovation and Technology Summit” in Philadelphia this Saturday, the organization will highlight innovative projects such as the Comcast Technology Center, the University City Science Center’s uCity Square Project, University of Pennsylvania ’s Pennovation Center and the Schuylkill Yards project by Drexel University that are located in or near predominately African-American communities.

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March 27, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

Phelix Therapeutics Announces Collaboration with USAMRIID and The Geneva Foundation

Following its recent receipt of over $6M in NIH grants, Phelix Therapeutics LLC has penned a research collaboration with The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and The Geneva Foundation for continued testing of Phelix’s novel viral fusion inhibitors for treating SARS/MERS coronaviruses.

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March 23, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

VitalTrax Scores First Cut of $6 Million Philly Digital Health Fund

Clinical trial software platform VitalTrax just became the first startup to dip into the $6 million digital health funding initiative launched by Safeguard Scientifics, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and Independence Blue Cross last December.

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March 22, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

First investment for new $6M digital health seed fund reimagines clinical trials

The startup's market is "ripe for disruption," said David Luk, principal at Safeguard Scientifics.

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March 22, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

VitalTrax First Company to Receive Seed Capital from Digital Health Funding Initiative

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania ("Ben Franklin"); Independence Health Group ("IHG"), the parent company of Independence Blue Cross; and Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. ("Safeguard") (SFE) today announced that VitalTrax received $150,000 in seed financing – the first company to receive funds from the group's $6 million digital health funding initiative, which was announced in December 2016.

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March 21, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Innovators Walk of Fame honors immigrant business owners

The Science Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that connects innovation and technology in the region, will honor immigrant entrepreneurs in its Innovators Walk of Fame. The “walk” itself consists of large concrete blocks inscribed with the names of notable entrepreneurs. The Science Center adds new names every other year as part of a biannual contest. Nominees can come from Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Northern Delaware.

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March 21, 2017 | Science Center In The News

New Creative Placemaking Initiative, LoLa 38, Brings Community Programming to Lower Lancaster Avenue

People’s Emergency Center [PEC], Wexford Science + Technology, the University City Science Center and Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation officially announced today their collaborative project LoLa 38. LoLa 38 will bring short-term community programming to the former University City High School [UCHS] and United Bank sites along Lancaster Avenue, a historic commercial corridor serving a richly diverse series of neighborhoods in West Philadelphia. This project is supported by funding from the William Penn Foundation.

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March 17, 2017 | Science Center In The News

8 startups repping Philly’s health IT scene at SXSW

On the first day of SXSW Interactive, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a powerful message to a captivated crowd. He was in Austin to announce his foundation’s new cancer initiative. The enthusiasm of the audience was reflective of a highly healthcare-centric SXSW.

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March 15, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Coons, Roberts, Kelly, Kind introduce bipartisan, bicameral bill to help startups and small businesses invest in research

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) as well as United States Congressmen Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) today introduced the Support Small Business R&D Act, legislation that will help startups and small businesses take advantage of the research and development (R&D) tax credit.

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March 14, 2017 | Beyond The Science Center

Association of University Research Parks Names Experienced International Research Park Executive Carol Stewart as CEO

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) announced today that Carol Stewart has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Stewart is an experienced research park leader with a more than 25-year career serving the academic/not-for-profit sector, as well as the high-tech industry in Waterloo region located in Ontario, Canada.

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