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

Joint Call for Proposals from Penn Health-Tech and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation

Have an idea for a medical device or healthcare technology innovation?

Joint Call for Proposals from Penn Health-Tech and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation

Have an idea for a novel medical device or health care technology innovation?


Want funding to move your idea forward? Apply today for funding to support your idea in this joint call for proposals from Penn Health-Tech and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation for health-tech and medical device development projects that address unmet clinical needs. 


Proposals should be submitted by 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 16th

for consideration for the following tracks:



Neuro devices: monitoring and therapeutics

Delivery platforms: drug and gene therapy

Connected health: sensors, AI/ML, devices, and systems


Projects that cross departments, schools, and promote sharing expertise are strongly encouraged. Teams selected to participate receive:


Seed funding: Seed funding of $5,000 - $50,000 with the potential for additional funding based on project progression.

Project support: Advisors will help you refine your design, create a product development plan, build partnerships, and produce a minimum viable product ready for clinical use.

Access to experts

Who We Are

We’re connectors.

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.

Search our upcoming website to find events, projects, team members, and expertise 


Engage with us to vet your idea, compete for funding, or connect with our project managers


Contact us to find Penn facilities to build prototypes, conduct preclinical testing or pilot human trials 

Our Pipeline

  1. Idea Vetting

  2. Prototypes

  3. Preclinical Testing

  4. Clinical Trials

  5. Connect To Industry


Join our community. Attend an event.

Joint Call for Proposals from Penn Health-Tech and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation

September 16th 12:00am

Apply Now

Success Stories

When Penn comes together, success follows.


1896: X-Ray

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.


1938: Isolette

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.


1942: SCUBA

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.

in vitro

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

fetal surgery

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.

trans oral

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.

circuit patch

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.

lymphatic imaging

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.

neuropace xray

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.

artificial womb

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.

Our Partners

We unite a wide range of partners within our community.

Penn Medicine

Wharton Entrepreneurship

Penn Engineering

Center for Health Care Innovation


Medical Device Accelerator

Mack Institute

Penn Center for Innovation

Penn Vet

Penn Nursing


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.


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mark turco

Executive Director


Executive Committee

Kate Stebe


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Lou Soslowsky


lou soslowsky

Flaura Winston


flaura winston

Tom Shaer

Penn Vet

tom schaer

Roy Rosin


roy rosin

Rob Gorman



Shu Yang


shu yang

Jake Brenner


jake brenner

Christian Terwiesch



Marion Leary


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Zach Ives


zach ives

Vanessa Chan


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Matt Maltese


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