Flying Slippers Blog


December 13, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Glimpse Inside Venture Cafe Philadelphia

Imagine a space – a kind of assembly hall for innovators – where entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers, students, investors, makers and all others can mingle, share ideas and learn. A place whose mission is to connect innovators to make things happen. Where free, weekly Thursday gatherings present high-impact programming designed to expand and support Philadelphia’s innovation ecosystem.

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November 29, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

BioArt and Bacteria

Encased in a vitrine, an unusual necklace sits atop black velvet; its 452 handmade beads range in hue from yellow to orange. Each bead contains a crystalized version of one of 21 amino acids that form an antibody created in the lab from the blood of an HIV positive patient.

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November 15, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Commercialization Visualized

Over the last few weeks, you’ve probably heard a lot about our new building, Quorum tripling in size, the launch of Venture Café Philadelphia and an expanded FirstHand Lab. These are all exciting developments that we’re very eager to share with our community. Not quite as visible, but equally important are the Science Center’s commercialization programs that we’ve developed over the last 10+ years.

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November 1, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Choose Your Own Adventure at the 3675 Market Street Grand Opening Party

Next Friday night we’re celebrating the official opening of 3675 Market Street with a huge party. Together with our partners CIC Philadelphia, BioLabs and Wexford Science + Technology, floors one through six in the building will be activated with live music, special performances, community partner activations, food, drink and more.

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October 18, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Leveraging Local. Going Global.

Not all regulatory approvals are created equal, and FDA clearance is among the toughest to obtain. The capital requirements to get an FDA-regulated product into the US market have continued to rise. The average pharmaceutical drug in the United States costs over $2 billion to get to patients’ hands from R&D to pharmacy pick-up. The clinical trials for the FDA alone cost more than $18 million to obtain clinical efficacy.

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October 4, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Meet. Connect. Innovate. Reintroducing Quorum @ 3675 Market

Allow us to reintroduce you to Quorum, the entrepreneurs clubhouse, now triple the size in its new location at 3675 Market Street. Gone are the days of signing in at the security desk and taking the elevator up to the 8th floor. Quorum 2.0 has street-level access with a lounge on the first floor and flexible meeting and event space on the second floor.

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October 2, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Mayor's Summit Kicks off NorthStar Conference at Quorum

On Tuesday, October 2nd, we kicked off our first event at Quorum at 3675 Market Street with the Project NorthStar Mayor’s Summit. This invite-only gathering brought together leaders from different areas of the tech-ecosystem, with Mayor Jim Kenney as their host. The Mayor’s Summit was facilitated by Black & Brown Founders, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal. Check out a transcript of Mayor Kenney’s remarks below.

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September 19, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

Looking Back on 10 Years at 3711 Market

Since 2009, the Science Center has called 3711 Market Street home. Almost ten years later, we’re preparing to start the next chapter two doors down at 3675 Market Street. As we write our last blog post from the 8th floor of 3711, we’re looking back on the memories and milestones. You might just spot yourself in one of the photos!

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September 6, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

A Playground for Scientists and Artists

In April, the Science Center was awarded a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to establish a BioArt Residency program. The goal? To stimulate scientific discovery and creativity between artists and scientists by placing artists inside the lab of Integral Molecular, a biotech company located at uCity Square.

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August 23, 2018 | Flying Slippers Blog

ic@3401: Where Innovation Meets Community

SocialLadder joined ic@3401 in February with a small team and a technology that leverages social media influencers as brand ambassadors. Six months, a capital raise, and a team more than triple the size later, the company is experiencing the growth most founders dream of.

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