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December 30, 2015 | Resident & Alumni News

'Supermaterial' Graphene Could Change Medicine

Graphene, a thin layer of tighly packed pure cabon atoms, is often talked about as a "supermaterial" that is poised to change the way we live.     From the simple convenience of charging your electronic gadgets in seconds to the development...

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December 15, 2015 | Resident & Alumni News

Science Center's Graphene Frontiers Finds Applications for a New Wonder Material

First isolated in a lab in 2004, graphene is an atom-thick layer of carbon with remarkable properties. It is stronger than steel, an efficient conductor of heat and electricity, and nearly transparent. But only a year ago, the New...

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November 11, 2015 | Resident & Alumni News

Philadelphia Company Creates Device to Deter Sex Assaults

A local company has developed a product to deter sexual assaults. At the Science Center in University City, there is a lot of buzz about the device being developed by a company called Roar for Good. The product is called Athena, a...

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November 2, 2015 | Resident & Alumni News

Why This 3D Printing Startup Moved From LA to Philly

TThe three founders of Orange Maker, a 3D-printing startup, left Los Angeles for Philadelphia this summer.   The trio — Kurt Dudley, Doug Farber and Chris Marion — moved into a University City apartment and got lab space at the University...

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October 6, 2015 | Resident & Alumni News

Spark Therapeutics Restores Vision for Some Patients In Key Clinical Trial

Spark Therapeutics, a Philadelphia company at the forefront of gene-therapy research, reported Monday that patients in its most important clinical trial had some eyesight restored after treatment by Spark's product.   For now, the name of...

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September 9, 2015 | Resident & Alumni News

Philly Startup With Game-Changing Beer Test Moves into Juice Biz

Invisible Sentinel is venturing into the juice business.   The fast-growing University City Science Center-based company has been making a name for itself by testing the likes of Victory beer and Jackson Family wines for various kinds of...

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August 19, 2015 | Resident & Alumni News

This Low-Cost 3-D Printer Can Produce Human Organs And Bones

At a lab in Philadelphia's Drexel University, a desktop 3-D printer is cranking out miniature samples of bones. In Toronto, another researcher is using the same printer to make living tumors for drug testing. It looks like an ordinary 3-D...

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July 30, 2015 | Resident & Alumni News

Understanding Why We Fail Can Help Us Become Wise And Wealthy

For Armen Karamanian, failure is not a bad thing. In fact, sometimes it can be rather lucrative.   "I use the scientific method to make decisions," says Karamanian, the managing director at Admire Capital, an investment firm located within...

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May 14, 2015 | Resident & Alumni News

Cancer-fighting Biopharm Company Logs $191M IPO

Adaptimmune Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company based in Oxford, England, and Philadelphia, went public this week raising $191 million in an initial public stock offering. The company, which has offices in the University City Science...

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May 7, 2015 | Resident & Alumni News

New Watch On Weight: Diet Analysis On The Plate Is His Goal

Tracking your calories. Watching your salt intake. Eating less sugar and more vegetables. Monitoring macronutrients such as protein, fats, and fiber. All are among things health-savvy Americans try to do nowadays, sometimes the...

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