The Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) held its second annual Celebration of Innovation, honoring Penn’s faculty patent awardees for FY 2017 on February 28. The following awards were presented:
2017-2018 Inventor of the Year: Yvonne J. Paterson, professor of microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, for the following patents: Listeria-based Adjuvants, Methods for Constructing Antibiotic Resistance Free Vaccines, Non-hemolytic LLO Fusion Proteins and Methods of Utilizing Same, Compositions and Methods Comprising KLK3 of FOLH1 Antigen, Compositions Comprising Angiogenic Factors and Methods of Use Thereof.
2017-2018 Emerging Inventor of the Year: Daniel J. Powell, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Perelman School of Medicine for three patents: Human Alpha-folate Receptor Chimeric Antigen Receptor, Compositions and Methods for Treating Cancer and Chimeric Antigen Receptor Specific for Folate Receptor β.
2017-2018 Biomedical Device of the Year: Haim Bau, professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, for Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification Reactor with Integrated Solid State Membrane.
2017-2018 Deal of the Year: Drew Weissman, professor of infectious diseases in the Perelman School of Medicine, in recognition of the 2017 license restructuring between Penn and mRNA Ribotherapeutics and sublicenses to BioNTech and another large biotechnology company.
2017-2018 Startup of the Year: EnaChip Inc. Founded in 2016 by Mark Allen, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor and professor of electrical and systems engineering, EnaChip is developing new components based on micro-laminated magnetic structures to reduce the size and cost of electronic devices. EnaChip plans to integrate the magnetic components of electrical devices onto circuit boards, reducing power requirements and reducing heat radiating from the device.
2017-2018 Partner of the Year: IP Group, a British-based intellectual property business that specializes in the financing and commercialization of university intellectual property.