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December 29, 2017 | Beyond The Science Center
Philly Tech’s Most Memorable Moments of 2017
Philadelphia’s tech community has had quite a year. We saw local CEOs stand up in the name of morality, in light of threats to immigration, and tech leaders come forward to speak out about their experiences with sexual harassment. Some companies left the city, while many more doubled down on their commitments to Philly with some impressive exits and funding rounds.
Governor Wolf Announces Approval of Support for 273 Early-Stage, Technology-Oriented Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) tax credits for 273 early-stage companies, representing the Wolf Administration’s commitment to Pennsylvania’s technology sector.
When Benjamin Lewis was in veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, he worked both in vets’ offices caring for sick animals, and in research labs where healthy animals were injected with diseases for drug testing. In the same day, Lewis might see a dog suffering naturally from the same disease that he had seen injected into a healthy animal in the name of medical research a few hours before.
On the Walls: Preserving EKG’s Art at the Science Center
For 40 years, the Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) at the Science Center has been a unique resource in our community, encouraging the overlap of art, science and technology through exhibitions, artist talks, panel discussions, performances and special events. The gallery’s mission came to fruition in 1976, when former Science Center President Randall M. Whaley advocated for better communication between artists and scientists, developing a program that, to his knowledge, was the first of its kind.
Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist and Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her art practice, which is a curious mélange of video, performance, photography, speculative fiction and collaborative experimentation, integrates biotechnology and science. Concerned with technology’s influence on our definitions of gender, the self, and animal sentience, she is known for documentaries such as Death Down Under (2012-2013), which examined the ecology of death, and Animal Attraction (2000) on telepathic communication with animals.
Philly company launches the ‘OpenTable’ of clinical trials
Billing itself as “the OpenTable of clinical trials,” a Philadelphia startup has launched PatientWing, an online network that gives patients, caregivers, physicians, trial sponsors and research sites a streamlined way to connect.
STEM-UP Network & University City Science Center team up to explore the Power of Networks for Female Entrepreneurs
When it comes to business, it’s not solely what you know. It’s also who you know. The STEM-UP Network has teamed with the University Science Center to present a Smart Talk panel discussion focused on women entrepreneurs. How Female Entrepreneurs Achieve Success Through Strong Networks will take place from Friday, December 8, 2017, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Quorum at the University City Science Center.
First flushable pregnancy test gets pre-market approval from FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted pre-market approval for Lia Diagnostics’ home pregnancy test last month. It marks the first pregnancy test made of a biodegradeable paper that can be flushed down a toilet. The pre-market approval process is granted to Class 3 medical devices submitted for scientific and regulatory review to evaluate safety and effectiveness.