THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020

César de la Fuente Wins Inaugural NEMO Prize, Will Develop Rapid COVID Virus Breath Tests

PHILADELPHIA, PA – July 16, 2020 – When Penn Health-Tech announced its Nemirovsky Engineering and Medicine Opportunity, or NEMO Prize, in February, the center’s researchers could only begin to imagine the impact the looming COVID-19 pandemic was about to unleash. But with the promise of $80,000 to support early-stage ideas at the intersection of engineering and medicine, the contest quickly sparked a winning innovation aimed at combating the crisis.

friday, April 10, 2020

Rapid response to COVID-19 puts the power of innovation to the test

PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 10, 2020 – As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic are in crucial need of supplies to keep them safe.

While shuttered labs and research groups across campus recently donated personal protective equipment and supplies, additional volunteers have now come together to manufacture face shields, key equipment that can help keep doctors and nurses safe during high-risk procedures. Members of this Penn Health-Tech coronavirus rapid response team are now working tirelessly to meet their goal of producing 20,000 face shields by mid- to late-April.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020

Junior Shreya Parchure Named Goldwater Scholar

PHILADELPHIA, PA – March 31, 2020 – Shreya Parchure is one of four juniors at the University of Pennsylvania who have been selected as Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides scholarships of as much as $7,500 to undergraduate students interested in pursuing research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Each year Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) nominates four students for the award and provides advising

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2020

New Assisted Breathing Device May Soon Be Available for Patients with Trouble Breathing

PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 7, 2020 – People with COPD frequently experience shortness of breath due to changes in their lungs, usually linked to a history of smoking. This symptom is especially evident when patients are engaged in any sort of physical activity. In fact, some individuals can feel like they are suffocating when they are just going from one room to another.

Seeing such difficulties led Jake Brenner, MD, PhD, a pulmonary critical care physician at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, to try to come up with a way to help COPD patients breathe easier, and improve their quality of life.

WEDNESDAY, december 11, 2019

How a wear-anywhere vest for COPD evolved

PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 11, 2019 – The original idea was an old one. An iron lung is a classic form of mechanical respirator that used both negative and positive air pressure to inflate and deflate the lungs when a person lacked ability to do it for themselves—such as when a patient was paralyzed by polio.

Modern-day patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), often called emphysema, can breathe on their own, but due to changes in the lungs caused by past smoking, they frequently experience shortness of breath. This symptom is even more pronounced during physical activities. Patients can feel like they’re suffocating even when just walking from room to room. COPD affects 15 million people in the United States, with an annual cost of approximately $50 billion for their care.

friday, december 6, 2019

Joint Call for Proposals Awards 12 Development Projects for Medical Device and Health Technology

PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 6, 2019 – Penn Health-Tech has selected the awardees for its annual Pilot Award Program for the 2020 funding year. Those receiving the Pilot Award, their proposal title, and the institutions with which they are affiliated are listed at the end of this announcement. Additionally, we are pleased to spotlight the Medical Device Accelerator Program Awardees, which were also selected by the Joint Call for Proposals Project Selection Committee.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019

JPOD @ Philadelphia, 365 days later

PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 5, 2019 – A year after the official launch of JPOD @ Philadelphia, the Pennovation Center celebrated the first 365 days of a successful partnership between Penn and Johnson & Johnson Innovation JLABS. To mark the occasion, nearly 100 entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and members of the Penn community came together to hear stories and milestones from its cohort of 15 companies.  

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Penn’s Hidden Gem of Student Innovation

PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 27, 2019 – Innovation is spurred by creative problem solving, unique approaches and visualizing the long term objectives and goals. Innovation is at the core of Penn, inspiring engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, creatives, collaborators, and researchers to push boundaries, reject norms, and answer the challenges of tomorrow. The same desire to develop is what attracts some of the brightest young minds from across the world. Penn provides students with the support to freely explore and test the boundaries of innovation. No other event captures that drive and passion like the Rothberg Catalyzer at Penn.

WEDNESDAY, October 23, 2019

PENN TO YOU DALLAS Healthcare + Medical Innovation

DALLAS, TX – October 23, 2019 – On October 23, over 140 alumni, parents, and friends gathered for an evening of intellectual and social engagement, and heard how inspiring Penn faculty are blazing trails on the frontiers of medicine and healthcare.

TUESDAY, October 22, 2019

PENN TO YOU HOUSTON Healthcare + Medical Innovation

HOUSTON, TX – October 22, 2019 – On October 22, over 100 alumni, parents, and friends gathered for an evening of intellectual and social engagement, and heard how inspiring Penn faculty are blazing trails on the frontiers of medicine and healthcare.

TUESDAY, October 22, 2019

Verix Health Raises $8 Million To Advance Steerable Surgical Device Technology

SANTA CLARA, CA – October 22, 2019 – Verix Health, formerly Greppo Technologies, announced today the closing of an $8 million Series A financing round led by Ajax Health with participation from Aperture Venture Partners and Western Technology Investment. Verix Health is developing a portfolio of steerable devices enabling minimally invasive delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic tools for solid-organ cancers. The capital will fund ongoing R&D activities and prepare the product line for commercialization.

“From the beginning, our vision has been to create a platform capable of enabling advanced diagnosis and therapy for a spectrum of diseases,” said Sasha Schrode, CEO of Verix Health.

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A wearable new technology moves brain monitoring from the lab to the real world

PHILADELPHIA, PA – August 13, 2019 – Imagine if a coach could know which moments of competition a certain player might peak, or if a truck driver had objective data telling him his body and mind were too tired to continue driving.

Traditionally, measuring alertness or mental fatigue requires interrupting a natural moment to intervene in an artificial setting. But Penn neuroscientist Michael Platt and postdoc Arjun Ramakrishnan have created a tool to use outside the lab, a wearable technology that monitors brain activity and sends back data without benching a player or asking a trucker to pull over.

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

Chip Diagnostics receives the JPOD @ Philadelphia QuickFire Challenge Award

PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 10, 2019 – Chip Diagnostics is the awardee of the JPOD @ Philadelphia QuickFire Challenge sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation—JLABS. The Challenge was designed to accelerate healthcare innovation and commercialization within the greater Philadelphia area.

Chip Diagnostics is a Philadelphia-based device company founded in 2016 based on research from the lab of David Issadore in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The startup combines microelectronics, microfluidics, and nanomaterials with the aim to better diagnose cancer. The company is developing technologies and digital assays for minimally-invasive early cancer detection and screening that can be done using mobile devices.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019

An army of microrobots can wipe out dental plaque

PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 24, 2019 – A visit to the dentist typically involves time-consuming and sometimes unpleasant scraping with mechanical tools to remove plaque from teeth. What if, instead, a dentist could deploy a small army of tiny robots to precisely and non-invasively remove that buildup?

A team of engineers, dentists, and biologists from the University of Pennsylvania developed a microscopic robotic cleaning crew. With two types of robotic systems—one designed to work on surfaces and the other to operate inside confined spaces—the scientists showed that robots with catalytic activity could ably destroy biofilms, sticky amalgamations of bacteria enmeshed in a protective scaffolding.

Tuesday, MAY 29, 2018

Bringing health innovation to life

PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 29, 2018 – Where does a cardiologist go when she has an idea to improve a common medical device? She knows that a pacemaker with a longer lifespan and lighter weight could help improve her patients’ quality of life, but how does she make her idea into a reality?

That’s where the Penn Center for Health, Devices, and Technology (Penn Health-Tech) comes in. The Center is a Penn-wide effort to advance budding ideas into new devices and health technologies to solve unmet health care needs. Last year, a $300,000 gift of seed funds was awarded to five grant winners at the Center’s inaugural symposium.

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018

From Napkin to Prototype: Bringing Health Innovation to Life

PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 25, 2018 – Where does a cardiologist go when she has an idea to improve a common medical device? She knows that a pacemaker with a longer lifespan and lighter weight could help improve her patients’ quality of life, but how does she make her idea into a reality?

That’s where the Penn Center for Health, Devices, and Technology (Penn Health-Tech) comes in. The Center is a Penn-wide effort to advance budding ideas into new devices and health technologies to solve unmet health care needs. Last year, a $300,000 gift of seed funds was awarded to five grant winners at the Center’s inaugural symposium.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017

Navigating medical device development at every stage

PHILADELPHIA, PA – December 14, 2017 – Oftentimes, clinicians will encounter obstacles or unmet needs in the medical field. Although they may have ideas for possible solutions to these obstacles, it can be challenging for them to take these concepts and turn them into concrete devices.

“No one person has the skillset and expertise to do this independently,” says Carolyn Wilkinson, ‎associate director of the Translational Neuroengineering Laboratory at Penn. “Most people don’t have enough time, knowledge, or resources to move an idea to an actual device or technology. There are hurdles that can seem insurmountable if you’re trying to do it on your own.”

Monday, April 24, 2017

University of Pennsylvania to Celebrate Launch of Penn Center for Health, Devices and Technology

PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 24, 2017 – On May 2, 2017, the University of Pennsylvania will celebrate the launch of the Penn Center for Health, Devices and Technology, or Penn Health-Tech, a University-wide effort to advance Penn’s world-class breakthroughs into new devices and health technologies to meet the world’s most pressing health care needs. Marking the opening of the Center, the University will host the first in a series of regular symposia.

Penn Health-Tech was established by the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Office of the Vice Provost of Research. It is sponsored in part by a generous gift from Penn alum Jonathan Brassington, whose passion to encourage interdisciplinary investigative projects sparked its creation.

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