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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 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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November 11, 2016 | Resident & Alumni News

How to enroll your dog in a cancer-drug trial

Drug development is a risky—and costly—business. Many promising compounds fail to cut the mustard when put through clinical trials. One reason is that drugs which work on laboratory animals may not work quite so well in human tests.

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October 24, 2016 | Resident & Alumni News

Startup wants to go beyond pencils to improve patient monitoring for psychiatric patients

Behavioral health has been a growing area of interest for digital health. But most companies have avoided clinical settings, particularly psychiatric hospitals. Philadelphia company InvisALERT Solutions is developing a workflow tool using a wearable-based patient monitoring platform to improve safety for psychiatric inpatients.

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October 24, 2016 | Resident & Alumni News

Choosito! And Quick Key Partner To Deliver Curated, Personalized Learning Content Based On Quizzes And Quiz Results

Choosito! Inc., curator of open Web content for learning and National Science Foundation Business Innovation Award winner, and Quick Key, maker of mobile assessment software, have partnered to offer students personalized learning content based on quizzes and other data.

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