Latest news from the Science Center, our resident companies and the innovation ecosystem.
December 14, 2017 | Flying Slippers Blog
On the Walls: Preserving EKG’s Art at the Science Center
For 40 years, the Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) at the Science Center has been a unique resource in our community, encouraging the overlap of art, science and technology through exhibitions, artist talks, panel discussions, performances and special events. The gallery’s mission came to fruition in 1976, when former Science Center President Randall M. Whaley advocated for better communication between artists and scientists, developing a program that, to his knowledge, was the first of its kind.
Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist and Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her art practice, which is a curious mélange of video, performance, photography, speculative fiction and collaborative experimentation, integrates biotechnology and science. Concerned with technology’s influence on our definitions of gender, the self, and animal sentience, she is known for documentaries such as Death Down Under (2012-2013), which examined the ecology of death, and Animal Attraction (2000) on telepathic communication with animals.
Philly company launches the ‘OpenTable’ of clinical trials
Billing itself as “the OpenTable of clinical trials,” a Philadelphia startup has launched PatientWing, an online network that gives patients, caregivers, physicians, trial sponsors and research sites a streamlined way to connect.
STEM-UP Network & University City Science Center team up to explore the Power of Networks for Female Entrepreneurs
When it comes to business, it’s not solely what you know. It’s also who you know. The STEM-UP Network has teamed with the University Science Center to present a Smart Talk panel discussion focused on women entrepreneurs. How Female Entrepreneurs Achieve Success Through Strong Networks will take place from Friday, December 8, 2017, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Quorum at the University City Science Center.
First flushable pregnancy test gets pre-market approval from FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted pre-market approval for Lia Diagnostics’ home pregnancy test last month. It marks the first pregnancy test made of a biodegradeable paper that can be flushed down a toilet. The pre-market approval process is granted to Class 3 medical devices submitted for scientific and regulatory review to evaluate safety and effectiveness.
University City Science Center shifts focus ahead of move to new HQ
Business incubation runs deep in the University City Science Center’s veins. President and CEO Stephen Tang would argue it pioneered the modern-day concept — the highest award in the business incubation space is named after Randall Whaley, the Science Center’s former president, for example — but now, a new partnership with the Camden Innovation Center, or CIC, is changing the Science Center’s game.
New Partnerships to Strengthen Innovation and Entrepreneurship at uCity Square
The University City Science Center, CIC and Venture Café announced further details about their partnership to catalyze and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in Greater Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at a reception at uCity Square
In less than a year, CIC Philly will open its doors at the new (or soon to be new) 3675 Market Street, in the heart of University City. For those of us based in Cambridge, MA, this opening is the culmination of ideas that began in 2012, when we first began exploring the Philadelphia market. What we saw in Philly in 2012 was impressive, but in the years since, it’s been the combination of new innovations and an established core, that really set this city apart. I’ve been coming to Philadelphia regularly from Boston for more than 18 months now and I’m excited about what Philly has to offer.
Bone Deep: A Philly company seeks to revolutionize the bone graft
Orthopedic bone graft surgery involves the use of rods, plates, pins, putty, wires, screws and external fixation devices. For patients, these procedures — of which over 600,000 are done annually in the U.S. — pose surgical risks and often require extended hospitalization, immobilization and physical therapy.
Philadelphia’s Character Lab builds better students, and better people
We all know that it’s essential to build “character” in our children, but what exactly does that mean? Philadelphia’s Character Lab, a nonprofit, early-stage tech company, is tackling that question by advancing the science and practice of character development in schools.