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Nucleus 2019
Nucleus 2019


The Nucleus Awards celebrate Philadelphia’s leaders who commercialize, allocate capital, convene and cultivate.

The Nucleus Awards

An evening of celebration, networking and connecting. The Nucleus Awards honor the region’s leaders in innovation and recognize visionaries who are commercializing promising technology, allocating capital, convening the community, and cultivating our STEM workforce.

The annual event convenes the region’s leaders, innovators, groundbreakers and champion networkers for an evening of celebrating and connecting, all while supporting Philadelphia’s future as a leader in science and technology innovation.

Join 250+ innovation leaders for a night of celebration with a cocktail reception and a short award ceremony, followed by food and networking.

Commercialization Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions to the commercialization of innovative science and technology. The awardee is a catalyst in the acceleration of technology transfer. By identifying and developing new and creative ways to transition discoveries to the marketplace, the awardee has a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, or the welfare of society.

Capital Award

This award recognizes an individual or organization that has intentionally sourced and invested in minority-owned startups or founders with the purpose of mobilizing capital to unlock innovation. The 2021 awardee is investing in diverse minds to make transformative change in the STEM ecosystem.

Cultivator Award

Recognizes outstanding contributions in creating a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline in the STEM sectors. The awardee has demonstrated leadership and commitment in building a sustainable workforce that represents the community at large.

Convener Award

Recognizes an individual or organization that has generated new ideas or solutions through collaboration, placemaking or unique introductions. The awardee has removed barriers to connect assets, resources and strengths of diverse people and organizations to advance civic interests and improve lives.

  • Nucleus Awards guests in Quorum Lounge
  • Nucleus Awards in Quorum
  • Jeff Marrazzo accepting the Commercialization Award from award sponsor CBRE
  • Jim Burnett speaking with host Maiken Scott of WHHY's The Pulse
  • Jimmy White IV speaking with host Maiken Scott of WHHY's The Pulse
  • Shannon Morales speaking with host Maiken Scott of WHHY's The Pulse

The 2022 Nucleus Awards

2022 Nucleus Award Honorees


Jeff Marrazzo
Co-Founder and Former CEO and Board Member, Spark Therapeutics
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James Burnett
Executive Director, VestedIn
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Jimmy White IV
Director of Engineering Four Seasons Philadelphia; Professional Speaker and Youth/Veteran Advocate
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Shannon Morales
Founder and CEO, Tribaja
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2022 Nucleus Awards News & Updates


Four Leaders to be Recognized at the University City Science Center’s 2022 Nucleus Awards

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Power Moves: Meet the University City Science Center’s 2022 Nucleus Awards honorees

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Jeff Marrazzo: Commercializing the Unimaginable

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James Burnett: Capitalizing Opportunity

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Jimmy White IV: Cultivating Change

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Shannon Morales: Convening a Tribe

Nucleus Sponsorship

Monies raised through The Nucleus Awards directly support the programs of the Science Center, the life-changing technologies these programs deliver, and the continuation of Philadelphia as a pioneer in science and technology. Thank you to our Nucleus Sponsors as champions of Philadelphia’s innovation community.

The Nucleus Award provides exceptional branding and visibility opportunities in front of 250+ innovators, investors, and civic leaders who influence and support the region’s innovation ecosystem.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email us for more information.

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Join an outstanding group of businesses and organizations in showing your support for the Science Center and the Greater Philadelphia innovation ecosystem.

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Quorum event attendees listen to a presentation while enjoying refreshments