Connecting the Penn Health Technology Innovation Space
We unite Penn’s strengths in Medicine, Engineering, Business and Education to create technologies that address the world’s pressing health care needs.
250 years of Health-Tech Innovation
Penn ranks 4th in the World's Most Innovative Universities - 2017
Who We Are
We catalyze medical device innovation at Penn, by providing a connected community and key resources that will maximize the number of medical device innovations that improve patient’s lives and solve unmet needs.
What We Do
We provide resources to catalyze medical device innovation.
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Contact us to find Penn facilities to build prototypes, conduct preclinical testing or pilot human trials
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When Penn comes together, success follows.
Less than 1 year after German Physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays, J. William White, chief of surgery; Charles Lester Leonard, Penn’s first radiologist and physicist Arthur Goodspeed published the first medical image and applications of x-rays.
Charles Chapple, MD creates the first incubator for care of infants at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The device, later named the “isolette” has remained a mainstay of modern neonatal medicine since that time.
While a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, Christian James Lambertsen developed an underwater breathing apparatus. With Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s invention of the regulator in 1943, it was later named SCUBA
1955-62: PET Scan
David E. Kuhl, Luke Chapman, and Roy Edwards constructed and performed the first positron emission tomography (PET) scans at the University of Pennsylvania, demonstrating the role of functional and metabolic measurements in medicine.
1965: Balloon Septostomy
William J. Rashkind, MD invents the balloon septostomy, a life saving procedure to acutely treat children with congenital heart defects at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
1970s: In-vitro fertilization
Dr. Luigi Mastroianni Jr. and his colleagues helped to advance the field of in vitro fertilization through their research and, in 1983, he performed the first successful human in vitro fertilization in the Greater Philadelphia region
1995: Fetal Surgery
N. Scott Adzick, MD, Surgeon in Chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pioneers fetal surgery at CHOP. As of 2015 Dr. Adzick and his team performed over 1250 operations on fetuses for heart, brain, lung and other conditions.
2004: Trans Oral Robotic Surgery
The Trans Orbital Robotic Surgery technique for head and neck surgery was first developed by Drs. Gregory Weinstein and Bert O'Malley Jr. at the University of Pennsylvania.
2012: Flexible, transparent and dissolvable electronics
Investigators at the University of Pennsylvania have developed flexible, transparent and dissolvable electronics that are used for a variety of consumer and medical applications.
2014: Minimally Invasive Lymphatic Imaging and Therapy
Maxim Itkin of Penn Medicine and Yoav Dori of CHOP develop and published techniques and for advanced lymphatic imaging and percutaneous treatment of lymphatic plastic bronchitis and other disorders, giving rise to a new field.
2015: The NeuroPace Responsive Neurostimulator System
The NeuroPace Responsive Neurostimulator System (RNS) is the first implantable responsive device to treat medication resistant epilepsy. It is now implanted in over 1,000 patients in the United States. A team of physicians and engineers from Penn and Georgia Tech, led by Brian Litt, MD, developed algorithms that were the precursors of those eventually embodied in this device.
2017: Artificial Womb
Alan Flake, MD, Emily Partridge, MD and Marcus G. Davey, MD demonstrate feasibility of an artificial womb to treat premature infants at the Childrens’ Hospital of Philadelphia.
We unite a wide range of partners within our community.
Center for Health Care Innovation
Medical Device Accelerator
Penn Center for Innovation
Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium
Penn School of Design
Penn Center for Precision Medicine
A well-connected team that provides you with the resources to succeed.