Penn Center for Innovation
The mission of University of Pennsylvania's Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) is to transfer inventions and innovative knowledge to outside organizations for the benefit of society. PCI encourages invention disclosure; protects Penn’s intellectual property; obtains and manages patents, copyrights and trademarks derived from Penn's academic research; and markets and licenses Penn's intellectual property to established companies as well as new business ventures for product development and commercialization.
PCI serves as a bridge between Penn faculty and researchers and the business community. Through technology transfer, innovations may be incorporated into products and services that directly benefit society, as well as research and education at Penn. Penn Engineering's liason at PCI is Trude Amick, Director of Licensing, Physical Sciences, who is available in Moore 200 on Wednesdays and Fridays and can be reached via email or phone at 215-898-8507. Learn more.
The Nanotechnology Institute (NTI) is the region’s first partnership created be a catalyst for nanotechnology development, commercialization and company formation. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/ SEP), the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University created the NTI in 2000. The NTI facilitates the research, development and commercialization of nanotechnology’s real-world applications. By providing funding, intellectual property and commercialization assistance, the NTI expedites the rate at which revolutionary technologies are brought to market, changing our world and fueling our economy. Learn more.
The Weiss Tech House
The Weiss Tech House is a student-run hub of technological innovation that encourages and supports students in the creation, development and commercialization of innovative technologies. Students with a broad range of technological interests and skill can explore, collaborate, and access resources like lab and meeting space, funding, educational workshops and a network of industry mentors as they learn how to turn their innovative ideas into realities. With the addition of two new reservable Innovation Stations students can now work more efficiently to achieve their goals. More than $60,000 in funds and in-kind services is awarded to students each year from our in-house, mini-venture capital Innovation Fund and PennVention student invention competition. Learn more.
University City Science Center
The University City Science Center was the first, and is one of the largest, urban research parks in the United States. It began as a collaboration among several local academic institutions, and now has 32 colleges, universities and research institutions among its shareholders. Throughout its 46-year history, the Science Center has focused on providing both the physical space and the key resources needed to help commercialize new technologies and nurture new companies. The Science Center has been instrumental in assisting over 350 companies including Centocor, Neose Technologies, SEI, Bentley Systems, 3-D Pharmaceuticals, BioRexis, Acuity and Morphotek among others. Learn more.