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10 Highlights From 2022

What a year! With 2022 (almost) in the books, join us on a stroll down memory lane with some of our favorite memories from the last year.

Nucleus Awards in Quorum

The Nucleus Awards

The Science Center’s biggest event of the year, which convened the Philadelphia innovation community for a night of celebration and networking! Over 200 attendees came together to celebrate the work of Jeff Marrazzo, Jim Burnett, Jimmy White IV, and Shannon Morales – all while raising nearly $200,000 to support the Science Center’s mission.

  • Nucleus Awards guests in Quorum Lounge
  • Jimmy White IV speaking with host Maiken Scott of WHHY's The Pulse
  • Jim Burnett speaking with host Maiken Scott of WHHY's The Pulse
  • Shannon Morales speaking with host Maiken Scott of WHHY's The Pulse
  • Jeff Marrazzo accepting the Commercialization Award from award sponsor CBRE
  • Nucleus Awards in Quorum


In July, Catalyst: Conversations for Changemakers, presented by Independence Blue Cross, brought together key members of Philadelphia’s innovation ecosystem, in addition to best-selling author, Amishi Jha, Ph.D. for discussions around building resilience and sparking change in our community.

  • Michael Vennera, Executive Vice President at Independence Blue Cross, featured sponsor of Catalyst 2022
  • Tiffany Wilson, Science Center CEO speaking with Amishi Jha, Ph.D.

Catalyst: Conversations for Changemakers

FirstHand STEM Field Day

Over 100 participants came out for our first-ever STEM Field Day! Local youth, parents and mentors participated in an obstacle course and several science-based activities.

STEM Field Day

Founders Fellows

We welcomed three Founders Fellows, Raquel Hollatz, Ian Dardani and Kristina Li to help turn their research into business reality.

Founds Fellows Raquel Hollatz and Ian Dardani

Startup Wins

Neuralert, Pippy Sips, Stel Life, and SOLUtion Medical were just some of our portfolio companies experiencing big wins this year. They appeared everywhere, from TIME Magazine to the NASDAQ Board in Times Square.

SOLUtion Medical featured on NASDAQ Board in Times Square


BULB participants participants Jamal Barksdale, Queen Mitchell, Natalie Justino and more, took on job and internship opportunities with local companies like CHOP and CIC shortly after completing their cohorts.

BULB participant Queen Mitchell

Science Center Culture

We kept things fun around the office with activities like group treasure hunts and a breakfast honoring Breast Cancer survivors.

New VP

Timnit Abraha joined our team as Vice President of Real Estate, to help continue to make uCity Square an inclusive innovation community.


FirstHand was officially back in the lab post-pandemic!

Black & Brown Entrepreneurship Expo

We hosted a Black & Brown Entrepreneur Expo at Venture Café featuring companies launched by FirstHand students who received mentorship, funding, and support to develop their own business plans.

Black & Brown Entrepreneurship Expo

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