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April 4, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

MD Anderson, Oncora Medical team up to fight cancer with precision medicine alliance

HOUSTON and PHILADELPHIA ? Oncora Medical, a precision radiation oncology software company, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, today announced a strategic alliance focusing on building the next generation of precision medicine software for radiation oncology.

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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 2, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

Integral Molecular and Integrated BioTherapeutics Initiate Collaboration for Virus Vaccine Discovery

Integral Molecular and Integrated BioTherapeutics have teamed up in the fight against the global health crises posed by Ebola and Zika viruses, signing a collaborative vaccine discovery agreement to help eradicate these threats.

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December 16, 2016 | Resident & Alumni News

This Handheld Breast Scan Is Revolutionizing How Indians Detect Cancer

For 18-year-old Farheen Jahan, life took an ugly turn when she discovered a stiff growth in her breast. However, initial blood reports failed to detect anything serious. Later, in a health camp clinic set up in her locality in rural India she got herself scanned again with something called iBreastExam – a diagnostic tool designed to perform painless and radiation free breast scans, providing results instantly at the point of care.

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December 14, 2016 | Resident & Alumni News

Veriflow Product Line To Detect Foodborne Pathogens Continues Expansion With Additional Aoac Approval

Invisible Sentinel, Inc., a Philadelphia-based global molecular solutions company announced today that its Veriflow technology platform for the detection of STEC organisms received certification from the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

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December 1, 2016 | Resident & Alumni News

USDA and AUM LifeTech develop a novel Non-GMO RNA silencing approach against citrus greening with a goal to save the troubled $40 billion global citrus industry

AUM LifeTech in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture has developed a novel Non-GMO RNA silencing approach for bacteria, insect and pathogen control with a focus on citrus trees and fruits. Huanglongbing, a fatal bacterial citrus disease, also known as citrus greening has already caused an estimated $15 billion loss in revenue to the industry.

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November 22, 2016 | Resident & Alumni News

BBC’s ‘100 Women 2016’ list features ROAR for Good’s Yasmine Mustafa

As ROAR for Good keeps working on its flagship Athena product (slated to ship early 2017, last time we checked), CEO Yasmine Mustafa landed some more press. This time, it’s international, thanks to a spot on BBC’s 100 Women 2016 list, published on Monday.

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