July 14, 2016 |
Universities are brimming with research, and four in the Philadelphia region rank in the top 50 worldwide for the number of U.S. patents granted for groundbreaking technologies in 2015. The University of Pennsylvania was No. 19 among 600 universities, with 93 patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year. Rutgers University ranked 27th, with 65 patents. The University of Pittsburgh came in 35th, with 58 patents. Drexel University was No. 49 with 42 patents issued in 2015.
June 24, 2016 |
John Quigley, who resigned in May as Gov. Wolf's environmental protection secretary, will join the University of Pennsylvania's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy as a senior fellow on July 1. Quigley, who was forced to resign after he sent a private email encouraging environmental activists to lobby for gas-drilling regulations, "brings a wealth of policy expertise to Penn's students and faculty," Mark Alan Hughes, the Kleinman Center's director, said...
June 9, 2016 |
Here's how simple it can be to bring someone back from the brink of death: It took just a few minutes Tuesday to train dozens of people in hands-only CPR. Eager volunteers, from teens to seniors, leaned over specially designed dummies outside the WHYY studios, pushing firm and fast to music selected to inspire the right speed: 100 beats a minute. As for pressure? The more the better, said Benjamin Abella, the physician who is leading the new Mobile CPR Project Philadelphia. No need to worry about further injuring a person in cardiac arrest, said Abella, who directs Penn's Center for Resuscitation Science.
February 24, 2016 |
Hemispherx Biopharma Inc., Philadelphia, said it terminated its founder, chairman, and CEO William A. Carter, 77, and reorganized the management team "to provide effective and competent leadership" and position the "company to achieve its commercial goals and increase stockholder value. " The company named William M. Mitchell, professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, as chairman of Hemispherx' board. David R. Strayer will be chief scientific officer, and Adam Pascale was named chief financial officer.
October 19, 2015 |
Elizabeth Grice, a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor, embodies the new way that academia and drug companies collaborate on research to generate cash for schools and profitable medicines for manufacturers. Grice, like many researchers, gets most of her funding from government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and foundations. Like some, she also is doing work for a for-profit pharmaceutical company - in her case, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. What's changed in recent years is the nature of that academic-industry relationship.
October 10, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania has tapped coworking-space operator Benjamin's Desk to run its Pennovation Center research and business hub. Benjamin's Desk will operate two floors of shared workspace and laboratories and one floor of Penn engineering labs in the 58,000-square-foot facility, company spokesman Joe Taylor Jr. said Thursday. The building, a former industrial structure, is part of the $37.5 million first phase of development of the 23-acre Pennovation Works site along the southern bank of the Schuylkill.
September 23, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy announced Monday that it will bestow its inaugural $25,000 Carnot Prize on Daniel Yergin, the energy historian. Yergin, vice chairman of the research firm IHS, will receive the prize Oct. 12 at the official opening of the center's new space in Penn's Fisher Fine Arts Library. The prize recognizes "distinguished contributions to energy policy. " The Kleinman Center, which is associated with Penn's School of Design, was established last year.
September 19, 2015 |
Hoping to ride the recent biotechnology stock boom, Regenxbio Inc., a gene-therapy firm with local ties, began selling shares publicly on the NASDAQ stock market Thursday. When the IPO was priced on Wednesday, the company sold 6.3 million shares at $22 through underwriters, thereby raising $138.6 million. Regenxbio was cofounded by University of Pennsylvania researcher James M. Wilson, whose 1999 clinical trial ended with the death of an 18-year-old patient. Besides anguish for his family, Jesse Gelsinger's death set back gene-therapy research for at least a decade.
January 22, 2015 |
THE HUB OF HOPE is headed back home. After Project HOME's seasonal social-services center for the homeless was inexplicably shut out of its old space inside Suburban Station, it was told that it could return. Talk about a welcome about-face. In November, the landlord who had donated the space for the past three winters sent word that he no longer would be able to do so, "due to complaints from tenants and brokers. " What those complaints were was anyone's guess, because no one in the know was talking.
January 9, 2015 |
BY NOW, the Hub of Hope, Project HOME's seasonal social-service center for the homeless in Suburban Station, should be buzzing with men and women wanting to see a case worker or a doctor or just get a short reprieve from the cold with a tepid cup of coffee or a pair of socks. But in a cruel irony, the Hub of Hope is homeless. In November, the landlord who had donated the space for the past three winters sent word that he would no longer be able to "due to complaints from tenants and brokers.