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Startups FTW: Q2 2022

Oh hey! Welcome back to Startups FTW, a quarterly roundup of our Science Center company wins.

On the heels of Philadelphia’s accelerated ranking on Startup Genome’s Global Ecosystem Report, Q2 is showing no sign of slowing down for Science Center-supported companies in just the first half of the year.

In the past three months, we welcomed 11 new companies to our ic@3401 community, bringing the total number of members up to 76! Two of which, Greatnix and Seamless Vision are from Israel, increasing our representation from our global partner in MedTech to four members. Launch Lane graduates Vital Start Health and PopCheck Technologies are going strong in multiple arenas: fundraising, competitions, press and awards. And there are winners, winners, winners galore in general. There’s a lot more than that to cover, so let’s jump in!

Meet our New ic@3401 Members

Capital Raised

PolyCore Therapeutics, developer of treatments for Dyskinesia associated with Parkinson’s Disease secured seed financing from Xontogeny and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania to address motor skill symptoms resulting from the disease.

Maternity mental health platform, Vital Start Health launched COURAGE to help one million mothers in underserved communities by 2030, with $250K in funding from the Science Center and angel investors. They were also chosen as one of 30 ‘Small Business Community Champions’ receiving a Citizens Bank Grant for Creating Jobs and Fostering Economic Growth, and for an additional award of up to $40,000 for Phase I of the HHS Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.

New Clients Acquired

Telehealth company based in Sydney, Coviu secured a governmental contract with the Australian Defense Force.

Wins and Awards

MicroSociety Inc., a nonprofit committed to preparing kids for a global economy, was awarded a grant by The Pittsburgh Foundation to support their get-digital MicroSociety 2.0 project at the Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship.

Viora Health a remote personal healthcare management platform, is a Johnson and Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge 2021 Awardee, for their work to create inclusive healthcare solutions within their own community.

Vitals Hub manufacturer, Stel Life took home both the Judge’s Choice and Patient Experience awards at the 2022 Telehealth Innovators Challenge by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) annual conference and expo.

Horticultural tech and indoor farming lighting company, Growflux, won PACT's Top Pitch competition, along with earning an entrance into PACT's 2022 Capital Conference in November.

PopCheck Technologies, maker of remote postoperative monitoring technology, placed second in the Startup302 Pitch Competition organized by the University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship.

Expanding and Growing

Telehealth startup Kiira Health, empowering women to take control of their reproductive health, “went hybrid”, opening their first in-person clinic as well as a mobile clinic in LA. The in-person location launched on June 25th with a Health Palooza event in Melrose.

Spirovant Sciences, the gene therapy company focused on respiratory diseases and cystic fibrosis expanded its presence in uCity Square with the launch of a state-of-the-art laboratory and new headquarters.

Integral Molecular, a biotechnology company focusing on membrane protein solutions (MABs) is also expanding its scientific and operational headquarters in uCity Square, building out 50,000 square feet, which will double its current footprint.

Avkin, a manufacturer of healthcare simulation wearable devices, is partnering with MDT Global Solutions to expand their distribution to include the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Getting Noticed

Mihir Shah, Founder of UE Life Sciences, was interviewed by FORTUNE Magazine during the Brainstorm Health 2022 conference, where he discussed how the company’s iBreast Exam is making early detection for breast cancer more accessible to women globally.

Erika Dillard, Founder and CEO of PopCheck Technologies was profiled on the Science Center’s Blog in The Rise of the Physician-Entrepreneur.

STEM learning platform, CRISPR Classroom's founder Dr. Kris Tatiossian was featured on the Tech it Up Talk Podcast.

Lil Mixins founder, Meenal Lele was featured in The Creators: Penn alum’s startup looks to tackle food allergies in infants.

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