Latest news from the Science Center, our resident companies and the innovation ecosystem.

March 22, 2017 | Science Center In The News

First investment for new $6M digital health seed fund reimagines clinical trials

The startup's market is "ripe for disruption," said David Luk, principal at Safeguard Scientifics.

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March 22, 2017 | Science Center In The News

VitalTrax First Company to Receive Seed Capital from Digital Health Funding Initiative

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania ("Ben Franklin"); Independence Health Group ("IHG"), the parent company of Independence Blue Cross; and Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. ("Safeguard") (SFE) today announced that VitalTrax received $150,000 in seed financing – the first company to receive funds from the group's $6 million digital health funding initiative, which was announced in December 2016.

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March 21, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Innovators Walk of Fame honors immigrant business owners

The Science Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that connects innovation and technology in the region, will honor immigrant entrepreneurs in its Innovators Walk of Fame. The “walk” itself consists of large concrete blocks inscribed with the names of notable entrepreneurs. The Science Center adds new names every other year as part of a biannual contest. Nominees can come from Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Northern Delaware.

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March 21, 2017 | Science Center In The News

New Creative Placemaking Initiative, LoLa 38, Brings Community Programming to Lower Lancaster Avenue

People’s Emergency Center [PEC], Wexford Science + Technology, the University City Science Center and Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation officially announced today their collaborative project LoLa 38. LoLa 38 will bring short-term community programming to the former University City High School [UCHS] and United Bank sites along Lancaster Avenue, a historic commercial corridor serving a richly diverse series of neighborhoods in West Philadelphia. This project is supported by funding from the William Penn Foundation.

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March 17, 2017 | Science Center In The News

8 startups repping Philly’s health IT scene at SXSW

On the first day of SXSW Interactive, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a powerful message to a captivated crowd. He was in Austin to announce his foundation’s new cancer initiative. The enthusiasm of the audience was reflective of a highly healthcare-centric SXSW.

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March 15, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Coons, Roberts, Kelly, Kind introduce bipartisan, bicameral bill to help startups and small businesses invest in research

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) as well as United States Congressmen Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) today introduced the Support Small Business R&D Act, legislation that will help startups and small businesses take advantage of the research and development (R&D) tax credit.

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March 14, 2017 | Beyond The Science Center

Association of University Research Parks Names Experienced International Research Park Executive Carol Stewart as CEO

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) announced today that Carol Stewart has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Stewart is an experienced research park leader with a more than 25-year career serving the academic/not-for-profit sector, as well as the high-tech industry in Waterloo region located in Ontario, Canada.

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March 9, 2017 | Science Center In The News

Three Models of Building for Innovation in Philadelphia

Embracing the concept of a minimum viable product and partnering with anchor institutions are two of the ways that a group of development professionals speaking at a ULI Philadelphia event in February said they are working to create a built environment that enables collaboration and experimentation, which are some of the hallmarks of the innovation economy.

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March 8, 2017 | Press Releases

Science Center’s Digital Health Accelerator Accepting Applications for Third Class

The University City Science Center is now accepting applications for the third class of its Digital Health Accelerator (DHA). The application period runs through May 15, 2017.

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March 7, 2017 | Press Releases

Newest Company at Science Center’s Port Business Incubator Developing Treatment for Rare Diseases

On the heels of its Series A financing round, the newest company to join the Science Center’s Port business incubator is tackling treatment options for rare mitochondrial diseases like Freidreich’s Ataxia. Chondrial Therapeutics Inc., an emerging biotechnology company, moved into the Port incubator in December and occupies a full lab at 3624 Market Street.

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