In the early 1960s, a group of leading academic and research institutions joined forces to help researchers and entrepreneurs convene, collaborate, and advance science and technology. In 1963, the University City Science Center, an independent non-profit organization, was born.
We’ve been at the forefront of the innovation economy ever since—bringing together academia, industry and capital—and as the needs of our community have evolved over the last 60 years, so too have our offerings.
But our objective has remained constant: to help bright ideas become businesses and nurture a STEM workforce to support our 21st century economy—all while serving as a catalyst for economic growth in our region.
Today, we fulfill our mission through four strategic pillars:
We identify, support and commercialize promising healthcare technology.
We mobilize capital for diverse founders and healthcare startups.
We nurture the STEM workforce.
We foster connectivity through our spaces and content.
Forging a Path Forward
The Science Center is established as the oldest and largest urban research park in the country.
R. Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome, joins the Science Center as World Fellow in Residence.
Randall M. Whaley, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Science Center, pioneers the concept of business incubation.
To satisfy the need of Philadelphia’s life sciences industry for room to grow, the Science Center is the first to open shared lab space.
The Science Center establishes QED as the first multi-institutional proof-of-concept program of its kind, and lays the groundwork for the suite of Commercialization programs we offer today.
The Science Center establishes Quorum as a central, neutral gathering place for the innovation community.
FirstHand launches as an important step in fostering the economic empowerment of traditionally underrepresented communities through cultivating a strong curiosity for STEM.
The Science Center joins forces with Wexford Science + Technology to expand and redefine what a knowledge community can be. In 2016, Wexford joins forces with Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR), and the uCity Square partnership begins.
The Science Center launches Venture Café Philadelphia, a weekly gathering offering content, connections, and opportunities.
The Science Center welcomes Tiffany Wilson as President & CEO.
4/20 | Event
The Future of Earth and Sustainability
3/30 | Event
The Future of Business
3/23 | Event
Bringing Research to Life
3/23/23 | Article
What Happened to Early-Stage Capital?
3/16/23 | In the News
Power Moves: Meet University City Science Center’s first chief medical affairs officer
3/16/23 | Publications
Science Center 2022 Impact Report
3/9/23 | Article
FirstHand: Where Are They Now?
3/8/23 | Press Releases
Science Center Appoints Chief Medical Affairs Officer
3/7/23 | Publications
Philadelphia Venture Report 2022
3/2/23 | In the News
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