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December 21, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News


When Benjamin Lewis was in veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, he worked both in vets’ offices caring for sick animals, and in research labs where healthy animals were injected with diseases for drug testing. In the same day, Lewis might see a dog suffering naturally from the same disease that he had seen injected into a healthy animal in the name of medical research a few hours before.

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December 5, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

Philly company launches the ‘OpenTable’ of clinical trials

Billing itself as “the OpenTable of clinical trials,” a Philadelphia startup has launched PatientWing, an online network that gives patients, caregivers, physicians, trial sponsors and research sites a streamlined way to connect.

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December 4, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

First flushable pregnancy test gets pre-market approval from FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted pre-market approval for Lia Diagnostics’ home pregnancy test last month. It marks the first pregnancy test made of a biodegradeable paper that can be flushed down a toilet. The pre-market approval process is granted to Class 3 medical devices submitted for scientific and regulatory review to evaluate safety and effectiveness.

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November 29, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

Bone Deep: A Philly company seeks to revolutionize the bone graft

Orthopedic bone graft surgery involves the use of rods, plates, pins, putty, wires, screws and external fixation devices. For patients, these procedures — of which over 600,000 are done annually in the U.S. — pose surgical risks and often require extended hospitalization, immobilization and physical therapy.

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November 28, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

Philadelphia’s Character Lab builds better students, and better people

We all know that it’s essential to build “character” in our children, but what exactly does that mean? Philadelphia’s Character Lab, a nonprofit, early-stage tech company, is tackling that question by advancing the science and practice of character development in schools.

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November 16, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

Invisible Sentinel further empowers brewing quality with launch of innovative real-time PCR assay, brewPRO

Invisible Sentinel Inc., a Philadelphia-based global molecular solutions company announces commercialization of its real-time PCR platform, Veripro™, and the first assay available on the platform, brewPRO™ for the detection of Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. brewPRO is a comprehensive, risk management detection system for beer spoiling Lactobacillus and Pediococcus.

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November 9, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

UE LifeSciences partners with GE Healthcare’s accelerator five.eight

UE LifeSciences Inc., a USA-India based med-tech startup today announced a pivotal distribution partnership with GE Healthcare to commercialize iBreastExam (iBE) in 25+ countries across South Asia, South-East Asia and Africa.

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October 31, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

Transgenic rabbits at Science Center could lead to new gene therapies

ATGC, a recent addition to the University City Science Center’s Port Business Incubator, is a bio-factory that grows rabbits to produce human antibodies. As Xiaofeng Xia, the startup’s chief scientific officer, puts it, “We make transgenic rabbits that can be used as disease models for developing therapeutics.”

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October 23, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month Event

- ImmERge Labs, a University of Pennsylvania startup specializing in virtual and augmented reality to reimagine how the world prepares for emergencies, will host a virtual reality (VR) sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) experience at the King of Prussia Mall for members of the public (over 18 years age). October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest month nationally; SCA is a highly mortal disease state requiring quick action of CPR by the public. The public will have a chance to try out the ImmERge Labs Virtual Teachable MomentSM experience at the Microsoft King of Prussia store and receive a hands-on CPR instruction from the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region, the Mobile CPR Project, and the Penn Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania. The event will demonstrate what to do if someone were to need CPR in a real-life situation. The Virtual Teachable MomentSM experinece was created in order to help expose bystanders to a highly realistic SCA scenario and the life-saving skill of CPR.

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October 10, 2017 | Resident & Alumni News

Stressed about renting? Whose Your Landlord offers Yelp-like reviews

In this age of information, where it’s easy to find facts and statistics about nearly anything, Temple University graduate Ofo Ezeugwu found a gap: Renters struggle to find information about landlords and their properties.

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