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

June 21, 2018 | Press Releases

David Pacitti Elected to University City Science Center Board of Directors

David Pacitti, President of Siemens Medical Solutions USA and Head of Siemens Healthineers Americas, was elected to the University City Science Center’s Board of Directors at its annual Shareholders Meeting on June 15, 2018. The Science Center also announced the election of Maxine Ballen as Director Emerita. Pacitti and Ballen join the following current and emeritus members of the Science Center Board:

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June 21, 2018 | Bioart Blog

A Tour at the Science History Institute

We took a tour of the Science History Institute with our current Artist Resident, Laura Splan. We were able to see the library and peak into the huge archive of material, objects and artifacts that the Institute is archiving for public access and viewing.

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June 14, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Turning $9M into $71M: A Look Inside Our Accelerator Programs

“Every year, regardless of being public or not, my job has been different than the year before,” Katrina Lake, Founder & CEO of Stitch Fix explained in a recent NYT interview. As seasoned entrepreneurs know, businesses evolve over time, requiring different skills, resources and expertise. At the Science Center, we’re acutely aware of this and have developed a suite of accelerator programs that at its simplest, transform projects from ideas in the lab to businesses with revenues.

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June 14, 2018 | Press Releases

Tracy S. Brala Joins University City Science Center as Vice President, Ecosystem Development

Tracy S. Brala has joined the University City Science Center as Vice President, Ecosystem Development.

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June 14, 2018 | Bioart Blog

Collaborations in Art and Science

Hundreds of years ago, there was no distinction between the idea of a scientist, an artist, or an engineer. Now, in the 21st century we more than ever long for an amalgamation of disciplines through collaborations and interdisciplinary research.

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June 13, 2018 | Resident & Alumni News

Meet the Disruptors: Lia Diagnostics

In a now decade-and-a-half old episode of Friends, Phoebe finds a positive pregnancy test in the bathroom trash and assumes it belongs to friend Monica, who just so happens to be getting married that day. Phoebe quickly spreads the news, and Monica’s soon-to-be-husband Chandler catches wind. He flees with a case of cold feet, but returns just in time to marry Monica, having come to terms with and even grown excited about being a father.

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June 13, 2018 | Press Releases

$500,000 HHS Grant Leverages Success of Science Center Programs for Health Security Innovations

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded the University City Science Center a grant of up to $500,000 over five years to join BARDA’s new Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe) Accelerator Network. The grant will augment the capabilities of the Science Center’s existing accelerator programs to identify and promote innovations in national health security.

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June 12, 2018 | Science Center In The News

This event wants to help shift the demographics of entrepreneurship

An upcoming event at the University City Science Center is looking to reverse an unsettling trend: Even though female-led and diverse startups have shown above-average performance, just 2 percent of VC dollars went to female founders in 2017.

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June 11, 2018 | Bioart Blog

Alpaca Fleece for Laura

Laura Splan received a shipment of wool from three alpaca's that are used for antibody production.

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June 5, 2018 | Resident & Alumni News

Philly startup HeavyWater gets acquired by Florida-based Black Knight

A publicly-traded data analytics company in Jacksonville, Fla., saw value in a Philly startup called HeavyWater — makers of an artificial intelligence platform aimed at mortgage processing. Mortgage services firm Black Knight announced Monday it acquired University City’s HeavyWater, which has a team of 14 based out of the Innovation Center @3401.

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