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Startups FTW: Q3 2022

Remember summertime? It seems simultaneously recent and distant. While many of us slowed down and recharged, Science Center companies were busy making moves.

Here’s our roundup of the funding, the partnerships, the press, and the celebrity shout outs that took place between July – September 2022.

Let’s jump in!

Meet the Newest ic@3401 Members

With 67 members, the ic@3401 community is going strong.

We welcomed Proof Positive grad and pitch competition winner, Social Alchemy. The startup combines social sciences and technology to reduce violence by making academic and clinical information culturally responsive ensuring greater engagement, retention and skill building.

ic@3401 also became home to DriveItAway Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: CLCN), the first mobility platform that enables car dealers to sell more vehicles in a seamless way through eCommerce, with its exclusive “Pay as You Go” app-based subscription. Founded by serial entrepreneur and Proof Positive Founder-in-Residence, John F. Possumato, DriveItAway is the first publicly traded company to be based at ic@3401.

Israeli Friends

Over the course of the last several months we’ve been working with a cohort of Israeli companies interested in expanding their business to US market. Those Israeli companies visited us in mid-September for a week of introductions, meetings, best-of Philly dining experiences, and of course, Venture Café.

Meet the companies:

  • Atvisor has developed an AI-based digital health platform that supports assistive technology assessments and the decision-making process.
  • Droxi's AI tool helps primary care physicians reduce the amount of time spent on non-patient-facing tasks and improve the quality of care by creating a Patient-Specific Storytelling.
  • Innosphere provides a non-invasive electrical brain-stimulation medical device, AI based for treating ADHD without side effects.
  • Kai is a VC-backed Mental Health 3.0 venture on a mission to democratize mental health for young people everywhere.
  • NyX is developing a sleek, attractive headband that uses sophisticated algorithms and continuous-learning artificial intelligence to personalize a program that trains people's brains for sleep.
  • Paragate Medical is addressing a solution for chronic fluid-overload heart and kidney failure patients, who are considered the “frequent flyers” of the hospitals.
  • Profility combines EMR summary techniques, sophisticated AI and big data access to help set the right treatment for the right cost, in the best matched facility.
  • Two men shaking hands in greeting in front of a colorful word wall


Four companies were selected for the first cohort of Drexel and the Science Center’s Raynier Seed Fund for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs. The inaugural cohort includes:

  • Vital Start Health, founded by Kirthika Parmeswaran, is a developer of a maternal mental health platform designed for equitable, personalized, clinically guided care for mothers across the maternity continuum.
  • Tribaja, founded by Shannon Morales, is a digital talent marketplace and community for underrepresented tech and startup enthusiasts.
  • Knowledge to Own, founded by Alberto Estrello, is an online marketplace connecting homebuyers and the real estate community with homeownership tools to empower access and savings.
  • TDR Ideas, founded by Kaleb Banks, helps service organizations improve efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability through evaluation and planning tools.
  • Vital Start Health founder Kirthika Parmeswaran
  • Tribaja founder Shannon Morales

Vital Start Health and Dr. Brownies were awarded business grants via Bucks Built sponsored by Penn Community Grant.

AUM LifeTech was awarded a $400,000 NCI/NIH grant to advance its lung cancer immunotherapy program using RNA-targeting gene therapy with checkpoint inhibitors.

Adventurely landed $100K from Google to grow products and services for digital domads.

Kudos to WYL, Innovative Solutions & Support, CareAlign, Polycore Therapeutics, Quanteras, SOLUtions Medical and Oncora for being cited in Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southern PA’s annual report.

ic@3401 alumni, ZIKI (fka TruckBux), raised a $6.7M seed round.

  • Vital Start Health founder at Venture Café
  • Veenu Aishwarya of AUM Life Tech

Product Launch

Pippy Sips’ first product, Maia, a 3 in 1 system for storing, cooling, and monitoring breast milk, launched on September 22nd at Venture Café and is now on the market! Read more about Pippy Sips and founder, Amberlee Venti in this article.

Recognition + Awards

The World Economic Forum highlighted UE LifeSciences’ iBreastExam in a video about cancer screening.

Coviu CEO Silvia Pfeiffer was recognized in the Australian Business Review’s 2022 List of Top 100 Innovators.

Viora Health was named a winner of J&J Innovation's Health Equity Innovation Challenge.

SusMaX was selected for The Heritage Group Accelerator, a hard tech accelerator program at THG’s innovation hub in Indianapolis. The selected companies are focused on building a sustainable future through innovation in specialty chemicals, advanced materials, infrastructure and construction, environmental solutions, and industrial systems.

Amberlee Venti, Pippy Sips
Pippy Sips founder Amberlee Venti

In The News

How do immigrant entrepreneurs thrive in Philadelphia? Zik Syed of PatientWing and Deb Dutta of Viora Health weigh in in this article. Did you know that more than 40% of our incubator companies have at least one foreign-born founder?

Biomeme celebrated 10 years at the forefront of molecular detection. Congrats!

FDA Updates

Two months after securing FDA clearance for its liquid biopsy diagnostic, Angle has embarked on a multi-pronged strategy to get the product to metastatic breast cancer patients.

Integral Molecular's Membrane Proteome Array technology for profiling antibody specificity was the first participant selected for the FDA’s pilot program to develop new Drug Development Tools.


CRISPR Classroom and iGEM Indian League partner to bring CRISPR education to India.

UE LifeSciences’ iBreastExam is now available in NY! Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center and Rotary Club Hudson Valley are making breast cancer early detection free and accessible using the device for screenings.

Celeb Endorsement

Launch Lane grad, Kiira Heath was highlighted by investor Serena Williams on Twitter: