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July 13, 2017 | Press Releases
Christopher J. Laing to Head New Innovation Organization in Austin, TX
After 11 years developing and growing commercialization, investment, and business acceleration programs at Philadelphia’s University City Science Center, Christopher Laing, MRCVS, Ph.D. has been tapped to lead the effort to establish a new healthcare-focused innovation zone in Austin, Texas. Dr. Laing will become the first Executive Director at the newly formed Capital City Innovation effective September 1, 2017. He has served as the Vice President, Science & Technology at the Science Center since 2010.
Two New Members Elected to University City Science Center Board of Directors
Two new members were elected to the University City Science Center’s Board of Directors at its annual Shareholders Meeting on June 9, 2017: Jeremy Nowak, President, J Nowak Strategy and Michele Masucci, Ph.D., Vice President for Research Administration at Temple University. The Science Center also announced the election of Glen N. Gaulton and Kenneth L. Kring, and re-election of David P. Holveck and Richard P. Jaffe, as Directors Emeriti.
Life Creeps into Art at the Esther Klein Gallery’s Newest Exhibit
– The newest exhibition at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) follows an artist’s journey through creative experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration. Feature Creep, a solo exhibition by Maximillian Lawrence, opens on June 22, 2017 and runs through July 22nd. An opening reception will be held at EKG, located at 3600 Market Street in Philadelphia, on Thursday, June 22nd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Newest Port Company Revolutionizing Antibody Discovery Platforms
The newest company to join the Science Center’s Port business incubator is creating a way to discover new therapeutic antibodies using rabbits that express human genes. ATGC, a spin out of the University of Michigan, will occupy lab space at 3624 Market Street.
Three Phase 1 Ventures Participants Receive Science Center Funding
Three newly formed companies have received $50,000 each from the University City Science Center’s Phase 1 Ventures (P1V) program. PolyCeramX, Recensa Therapeutics and Regennera, all P1V participants, will apply the funds to a combination of technical development and commercialization activities.
Back by Popular Demand! FirstHand’s Summer Programs Inspire Curious Minds
Twenty-eight students from Sunrise of Philadelphia will play with their food and experiment with their senses as FirstHand’s Taste Test returns on July 10th. Using culinary tools, the students will dive into the complex world of molecular gastronomy to create bubbles out of grape juice and turn fruit into spaghetti. After visiting labs at the University City Science Center where real-world scientists study taste, perception and smell, and meeting with mentors from Monell Chemical Senses Center, they’ll have the chance to design their own culinary innovations and present them to the Science Center community.
QED Program Call for Submissions; Science Center Seeks Academic Technologies with Commercial Potential
The University City Science Center is seeking proposals for its QED Proof-of-Concept Program. Academic researchers with technologies ripe for commercialization, and who are affiliated with the 21 partner academic and research institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, are encouraged to submit proposals. QED, now in its tenth round, is the first multi-institutional proof-of-concept program for the life sciences and healthcare IT. The program provides academic researchers with mentoring, business advice, and in some cases, funding to commercialize their early-stage technologies.
Rachel Cervantes Joins University City Science Center as VP Corporate Development
Rachel Cervantes, Ph.D., MBA has joined the University City Science Center as VP Corporate Development. Cervantes brings over 20 years’ experience in the commercial and scientific aspects of pharmaceutical innovation within large pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic research environments.
Esther Klein Gallery Exhibit Connects Disciplines of Cosmology, History, Philosophy
The newest exhibit on display at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) is a retrospective by sculptor Rebecca Kamen, featuring a collaborative multi-media installation that explores the relationship between inner and outer space. Continuum opens on April 13th and runs through May 27th. An opening reception featuring a dance performance by Megan Mizanty will be held at EKG on April 13th from 5 to 7:30 p.m.