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Power Moves is a column where we chart the comings and goings of talent across the region.


University City Science Center announced this month that it had brought on Alexa Morse

in a newly created role of director of commercialization programming.

Morse joined the institution in January, and brings a background in

public health with her to the role, and she was most recently the

program manager of accelerator and business development at GCMI.

“At its core, public health represents a systems thinking approach, focused at looking at a whole instead of parts, identifying trends, and understanding how variables interact,” Morse said in a recent Science Center Q&A. “These general principles are applicable in a variety of settings, especially in identifying market trends and developing program strategies.”

Morse comes (virtually, for now) to Philadelphia from Atlanta, both cities she said have a collaborative community, diverse talent, a lot of universities and healthcare systems and a relatively affordable cost of living, with access to early-stage capital.

“I have really been impressed with the ecosystem’s support and willingness to collaborate,” Morse said. “Everyone I have met so far has been extraordinarily helpful and passionate about the work they are doing. I am really looking forward to meeting my Science Center teammates and members of the ecosystem in person.”


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