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USciences Hosts Life Sciences Leaders for Innovate, Collaborate, and Ignite

Published on October 24, 2018

Philadelphia Research Consortium Hosts Networking Event

Greater Philadelphia continues to earn stature as a center of innovation and leader in the life sciences with the region’s assets on full display at Innovate, Collaborate, Ignite 2018!, the first meeting of the Philadelphia Research Consortium (PRC), held Oct. 2, 2018, at University of the Sciences.

The shared goals of the 150+ attendees – USciences and its Consortium colleagues, and our start-up, biotech/pharmaceutical, investor and other life sciences community members – were to foster the kinds of academic-biotech-investor relationships needed to move innovative, early-stage discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace.

“The Greater Philadelphia region is a vibrant and thriving life sciences leader, with a rich heritage of discovery, expertise in all branches of the life sciences, and an engaged venture capital investor community,” said USciences President Paul Katz, MD. “As a founding member of the Philadelphia Research Consortium we welcome you to experience the richness of innovation within the PRC and spark collaborations to bring ideas to life.” 

Launched in the spring of 2017, the PRC comprises 13 academic research institutions across the region. The Consortium enables local, national and international start-up and biotech partners to leverage the collective research strengths of Greater Philadelphia’s life sciences community.   

To facilitate efficient technology transfer from the lab bench to the marketplace, all PRC members have agreed to using a universal, sponsored research agreement template with start-up and biotech research partners that are interested in engaging in the research community. The universal agreement has already streamlined several fruitful research collaborations among PRC members, said Heather Steinman, PhD, MBA, vice president of business development and executive director of technology transfer for The Wistar Institute, a PRC founding member.

PRC members, including The Monell Chemical Senses Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Temple University, the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, Thomas Jefferson University, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State University, Lehigh University, The Wistar Institute, and USciences presented their research core facilities and pre-clinical discoveries and inventions, ranging from a small molecule that selectively targets triple negative breast cancer cells, to a new yeast species that quickly ferments a pleasant, aromatic beer in half the standard time.

“This relaxed networking, these casual conversations around research posters, this is where connections are made and collaborations start,” said Jean-Francois Jasmin, PhD, USciences associate provost for research and graduate education. “We already look forward to our next event.”

Innovate, Collaborate, Ignite 2018! was made possible through the generous support of sponsors including the University of the Sciences, The Wistar Institute, L2C Partners, Life Sciences Collaborative and Pepper Hamilton, as well as 1776, Cambridge Innovation Center, University Place Associates, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, MercaChem, Calvert Labs, Rockland Immunochemicals, GE, and Active Motif.

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