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Science Center President & CEO Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA,
left, and Board Chairman Craig Carnaroli are charting a path
for the Science Center’s next 50 years.
LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND THE PRESIDENT
 ABOUT THE SCIENCE CENTER
This has been a milestone year of celebration, transition and growth for the Science Center. As the
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oldest urban research park in the United States, we proudly commemorated our 50th anniversary; we
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 PORT
 QUORUM
 QED
 STEAM
commenced construction on our first residential building; and we launched a new collaborative coworking space. Through these activities and others, we have laid the foundation for the Science Center’s
next 50 years.
We wanted this Annual Review to exemplify the positive change and growth evident throughout the
Science Center—and going digital was a natural choice. We’re mirroring the activities of the innovators
we support by taking a fresh, sustainable and entrepreneurial approach to the presentation of our
activities over the past year.
Indeed, we’re dedicated to providing, nurturing and supporting the innovation ecosystem and the
leadership and ingenuity that goes along with it. As you browse through this micro-site, you will see that
the Science Center is living its tagline: Ambition needs an ecosystem.
TWO PATHS
There are two paths that one can take through the Science Center—the literal and the metaphorical.
A walk along Market Street from one end of our campus to the other will take you from Penn
Medicine University City’s new facility at 3737 Market, past the buildings that house our Port business
incubator, alongside established residents like the Monell Chemical Senses Center, down to our newest
collaborative workspace, the Innovation Center @3401.
Or you can take a metaphorical journey along the startup path that connects entrepreneurs who have
an idea to the infrastructure and the ecosystem that can help them grow and thrive. From QED to
Quorum to the Port, the Science Center demonstrates that no matter where an entrepreneur is along
the startup spectrum, there is a place—and a program—for him or her at the Science Center. And
younger entrepreneurs can interact with the Science Center through our STEAM Initiatives program and
the mentorship and internship programs we support.
At the Science Center, we’re firmly committed to both the physical and metaphorical paths. Together
they provide an ecosystem where ambition can thrive. The stories on this site and the profiles of the
people behind them will show you how.
Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA
Craig Carnaroli
President & CEO
Chairman of the Board
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2014 has been a year of growth and
“Real information from the source,”
As the QED program began its
What happens when you put kids in
expansion for the Port business
is how one program attendee
seventh round in May 2014, one
front of microscopes and teach them
incubator as the Science Center
summed up Quorum’s wide-ranging
of its newest academic partners,
how to make selfies from their DNA?
developed new spaces, new
offerings. From the industry experts
Penn State University, expanded
Some would say magic; at the Science
programming and new partnerships
and experienced entrepreneurs that
its involvement from the Medical
Center, we say STEAM! Through youth
to support entrepreneurs in the
Quorum’s programming attracts, to
College at Hershey to include its main
programming, mentorships, and
health IT and digital creative spaces,
the community of startups connecting
campus at University Park. Since its
educator workshops that encourage
as well as life sciences. One theme,
through shared stories of successes
launch in 2009 as the nation’s first
creative exploration and experiential
however, remains constant: the
and challenges, Quorum continues
multi-institutional proof-of-concept
learning, the Science Center is using
Port offers more than the physical
to provide the foundation for
program for the life sciences, QED
Art to encourage entry into the
infrastructure of office and lab space.
entrepreneurs to meet, collaborate
has screened 350+ submissions from
STEM fields of Science, Technology,
Port residents are immediately
and build a community of like-minded
researchers at partner institutions
Engineering and Math—and ensuring
plugged into a rich network of
thinkers. Or as another attendee put
in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and
that today’s generation of students
resources where they can access the
it, “Starting a business is intensely
Delaware and helped researchers
is prepared to become tomorrow’s
programs, the people and the support
personal. Efforts like Quorum find
develop 65+ proof-of-concept plans.
innovation workforce. [READ MORE]
to grow their businesses.
ways to give entrepreneurs comfort
The outcome to date? Six licensed
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that their ideas are valued and
technologies that have the potential
secure”. [READ MORE]
to positively disrupt the healthcare
landscape. [READ MORE]
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There’s more to the Science Center than the offices, labs and infrastructure that make up our campus.
The diverse people who fill these spaces are the foundation of the Science Center. They are the
program participants, the entrepreneurs and the innovators who bring our campus to life.
When Choosito! CEO Eleni
Ryan Draving started coding when
The QED Selection Team thought so
“I think it’s cool to feel like I’m actually
Miltsakaki realized she needed to
he was 15. These days you can find
highly of Sam Gunderson’s work
doing something with science,”
be part of an incubator, she decided
him in Quorum working on one of his
that they funded two of his projects!
14-year-old Jalen said at a Polymer
to approach the Science Center.
two startups. [READ MORE]
His second QED project focuses on
Play session. [READ MORE]
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pancreatic cancer. [READ MORE]
Trained as a physician, but an
Invisible Sentinel co-founders Ben
entrepreneur at heart, Keith
Pascal, left, and Nick Siciliano are
Leaphart is caffeinating and
on a mission to make foodborne
inspiring his customers at the Science
illness a thing of the past as they
Center’s newest gathering place,
expand and grow their company at
Creative Café @Replica. [READ MORE]
the Science Center. [READ MORE]
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research and linguistics, the
were running pilot studies and got
important role in expanding our
Penn was important because we have
psychology of reading, natural
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advisors there. Our team has already
language processing and machine
wanted and how our product would
critical connections with big education
grown because we can attract talent
learning to build the world’s first real-
work in the classroom. But then we
publishers and also given us
coming out of the universities.
time, trusted curator of web content.
needed to build the business.
suggestions and contacts to explore
potential opportunities for Choosito!
The World Wide Web is not a library
That’s when we realized, “We need
with catalogued information. For
to be part of an incubator so we
example, a fourth grader searching
can talk to people and get the help
for “Peru” using a typical search
that we need—connections to
engine may be faced with travel blogs
business, to people who can help
We are collaborating with several
and information sites written for high
us with marketing, with finances,
schools in the Lower Merion School
school and beyond. Even the relevant
with investment, and with strategic
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ones may be beyond the student’s
planning.” And that’s when we
schools in the Philadelphia School
reading level.
decided to approach the Science
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Center.
and other private and public schools
Choosito! analyzes the reading level
in the medical domain. They have
also promoted Choosito! for potential
partnerships.
in Delaware.
and subject category of any website.
We were able to plug in to the
It learns from and responds to the
people and resources we needed—
We are actively engaged with the
needs of the user—automatically and
immediately.
tech and ed-tech communities in
in real time. Learners can engage with
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content that matches their reading
level, background and interests.
connected with teachers. These
are really helping to create positive
unprecedented opportunity for
relationships between startups and
differentiated learning and helps
teachers. Being embedded in the
students understand and critically
community has really allowed us to
engage with the information that’s
get involved!
available to them.
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of local meetups where education
technology startups can get
Our technology offers an
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Being in an environment that has a
vibrant university presence is very
important to me. It makes me feel
comfortable that there are brilliant
people to talk to that can help me and
the business.
We love our office. We have plenty of
room to operate. We have an advisor
and an investor on the other coast,
so we need to have Skype conference
meetings often and we get support
for that.
I also love Philadelphia because it has
a great balance between city life and
quality of life. I used to think the only
thing Philadelphia was missing was
a vibrant startup scene; now that’s
emerging. And I love it!
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“My dad is a computer consultant, so technology
and sales have always been in my landscape.
I started coding at 15, along with mowing lawns,
shoveling snow. Today, my North Star is space-age
social selling, and my spaceship is Quorum.
The encouragement and positive support
I get here is my Mission Control.
My friends would describe me as
playful, positive, focused, driven.
Did I also mention sensitive?”
Ryan Draving, co-founder of
Referable.com, is at home in
Quorum. Through space,
programming and networking,
Draving takes full advantage of
all that Quorum offers.
I co-founded Referable in 2011. We
We have people working in other
My network has grown since I
Every day, we go to Nosh Deli
acquired the domain Referable.com
locations, but hands down my
started coming to Quorum. We
for a kickoff meeting with our top
because it echoes the critical edge
favorite space—and my personal
have met multiple investors who we
executives over breakfast. It’s only
we provide to our clients—referrals
home base—is Quorum. It’s a
established relationships with through
a block from Quorum. Chipotle and
from a proprietary network of highly
gorgeous, flexible space. We can hop
the Science Center and Quorum,
Han Dynasty are our two favorites for
connected executives. Like Quorum,
up on the white board and when we
and received subsequent offers of
lunch. After work, we will sometimes
Referable.com is all about developing
are looking for a change of scenery
funding. Some of the events we’ve
go to the Rave movie theater at 40th
a strong and effective network! We
we head over to the windows that
attended at Quorum like Philly Tech
and Walnut. The ultimate wind-down
learned about Quorum from Kinext,
overlook University City and enjoy the
Meetup and Coffee & Capital are the
is walking seven blocks down Market
a consultant we worked with to focus
sunlight streaming in. It’s also a great
best networking events in the city.
Street to the Schuylkill Banks trail. It’s
our strategy. They work from Quorum
place to meet with clients. The décor
Several times a week we get together
in the heart of the city, but right on
for a change of scenery two or three
and the ambience give us instant
with the people from Colabination
the water. I feel incredibly fortunate to
times a month. They’re brilliant at
professional credibility. The programs
and HootBoard (who also work out
work with a team that feels like family,
facilitating out-of-the-box thinking,
that put us in the same room as
of Quorum) and give each other
and to have a workplace that feels like
and were central to our laser-focus on
investors—like the Funder Fair—are
feedback. The other day, we all went
home.
enterprise social selling and referrals.
also a big plus!
out to the park, ate lunch and played
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“To see my basic science research have a chance
to evolve into something that can actually cure
disease is very cool and really, really exciting!
Through QED, I now better understand
how the science I work on can become a
business, and ultimately, a product that
can help people. As a scientist, I’ve had to
learn how to talk to investors—kind of like
a high-technology version of Shark Tank.”
Sam Gunderson’s gene-silencing
technology could result in new
ways to help patients with
pancreatic cancer. Gunderson is
the first scientist to receive two
QED awards.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the
QED was the first money we got
Dr. Rafal Goraczniak was the first
I have one foot in the academic
most deadly forms of cancer—the
to test the technology in complex
employee of SilaGene, a company
world and one in the business world.
majority of patients die within a year
biological models. Prior to our first
we spun out of Rutgers based on the
While I’m connected to the Science
of diagnosis. Even though key genes
award in 2010, the U1 Adaptor
U1 Adaptor technology. As a senior
Center through the QED network, I am
that contribute to the development
technology had only been used in
scientist in my laboratory at Rutgers
not physically there that often. When I
of pancreatic cancer have been
animal cells growing in a dish. We
and co-inventor of the U1 Adaptor
am at the Science Center, I’m meeting
identified, we haven’t been able to
are using our second QED award
technology, it was a natural transition
with my Business Advisor, or potential
use them to create early detection or
to develop and validate a KRAS U1
for Rafal to jump from academia to
investors and collaborators.
treatment options. This is surprising,
Adaptor product to treat pancreatic
SilaGene, and he’s still its chief science
since mutations in one of these
cancer.
officer today.
QED differs from most support I have
Our involvement in QED linked us up
SilaGene’s labs. We continue to
received as an academic researcher.
with Dr. James Ballance, who was a
develop our technology so that we
We have developed a unique
They don’t simply hand you money
business advisor to our first project in
can attract investment in SilaGene,
approach to “silencing” genes,
because they like what you are
2010. Jim has since joined SilaGene as
through venture capital, industry
including mutated cancer genes like
doing. They provide other support
chief business officer. His knowledge,
partnerships, and other mechanisms.
KRAS. Our technology, based on U1
and business training, which is
experience and networks have
Thanks to QED, at this point we know
Adaptors, is different from any other
especially valuable for professors and
enabled my technology to transition
what needs to be done.
gene-silencing method. We hope it
academics who have little experience
from a QED grant to a real company in
will enable a product that will halt
with the business side.
the biotech industry.
genes, KRAS, are present in more than
90 percent of pancreatic tumors!
and regress pancreatic tumors by
Having someone take a chance on my
suppressing mutated KRAS genes. We
work was critical to making the leap
know it works in the test tube, but we
from concept to potential therapy.
don’t yet know if it works in the body.
As the first-ever recipient of two QED
awards, I have a great sense of hope
for the patients that my technology
could ultimately help.
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or the classroom at Rutgers or at
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“I want to be known for something great, like
something that will change the world. Polymer
Play gave me more knowledge to create something
right out of my head successfully. It jump-started
my idea. One version of my project has
led to another because of failures and
new ideas. I met scientists and investors,
and they taught me how to start, market,
and fund my ideas.”
Polymer Play gave Jalen, 14, the chance to
explore his interest in science and technology—
and envision a career in science.
“I love everything that has to do
“I think it’s cool to feel like I’m
Jalen is not just observing
The Department of Making
with technology and science.”
actually doing something with
innovators from afar; he is also
and Doing has been home base
Jalen, 14, from KIPP Charter School
science,” Jalen says. By providing
retaining advice from real-life
for Polymer Play students every
in West Philadelphia, was excited to
students with the opportunity to
scientists at the Science Center labs.
Wednesday. The on-campus
explore his interests in depth when
approach STEM subjects with art
During a lab tour, Research Scientist
collaborative workspace allows Jalen
he signed up for Polymer Play, a
and design, Polymer Play cultivates
Christopher Wagner from Parsortix,
to immerse himself in science with
program run by STEAM Initiatives
interest and bridges the gap between
a startup that is developing cell
the rest of the Science Center labs
at the Science Center. Making bio-
scientists and students like Jalen.
separation technology to detect
and offices just an elevator ride
plastic, experimenting with reverse
Through multi-step group projects
cancer cells, emphasized to students
away. While working on projects and
engineering, and designing a wallet
and site visits to workplaces in the
the importance of note-taking. When
doing experiments, students are
from recycled plastic bags only begin
STEM fields, students successfully
asked what he learned that day,
surrounded by other entrepreneurs
the list of STEM projects that Jalen has
build leadership skills and
Jalen referenced his notes and said
and innovators in various stages of
combined with design and his own
confidence along the way. And that’s
“Science is about reproducing results.”
the creative process. Now that he’s
creativity. Jalen was excited to use
important. Polymer Play addresses
As a research scientist, Wagner finds
been a part of Polymer Play, Jalen says
what he learned as he presented his
a serious economic concern within
these experiences equally beneficial.
“I would like to work in a workspace
final project, a windmill made from
the Philadelphia workforce and
“Speaking to a student group is
like the Science Center.”
bio-plastic and a reverse-engineered
school system. Only 30% of 11th
a great opportunity to see how
motor.
grade students are proficient in
effectively we are communicating
algebra and biology, and under-
our research content to a general
resourced schools mean students
audience,” he explains. “The honesty
are graduating unprepared to enter
of kids as a sounding board is
the STEM workforce. Polymer Play,
refreshing.”
which is funded by Cognizant Making
the Future, supports the mission
of STEAM Initiatives by investing
in Philadelphia’s future scientists,
innovators and entrepreneurs.
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“I was trained as a physician, but born an
entrepreneur. It’s a great combination. Doctors are
problem solvers, calm in a crisis, but always alert.
These traits translate to entrepreneurship. Creativity
never sleeps and smart people drink coffee.
That’s the essence of my business model—
combining high-end design and printing with
barista service. I serve Counter Culture
Number 46, medium to bold, delicious.
A little cream, no sugar. It’s perfect—
like our printing.”
Keith Leaphart’s Creative Café @Replica is helping
to “activate” the street level of the Science Center’s
campus one cup of coffee at a time.
My business model is the first
With our success in Center City
I love to be around innovative
My office is a fish bowl, all glass
in the country to combine design
and at the Science Center, we
people. Entrepreneurs inspire
I can see all the traffic. People look at
and print with coffee and comfort
are now preparing to franchise and
me every day, plus I get feedback
me, which is kind of weird, but I am
food. We have a very welcoming
expand our concept. My goal, right
from other entrepreneurs. I’m
exactly where I want to be. I like to be
environment, more like a social spot
now, is to get Creative Café @Replica
tremendously inspired by Energy
able to see people coming and going.
than a print shop. Kinkos® meets
off the ground and growing, first
Plus™, the energy startup born in
Han Dynasty is right next door, the
Starbucks®. Sometimes the two
in Greater Philadelphia and then
the Science Center, developed in the
most authentic Chinese food in the
intersect and we can review the
in other high-visibility, high-traffic
Science Center, and eventually sold
city, and a home run with customers.
proof of a portfolio over a latte with
locations in the Delaware Valley. After
out of the nest. I’d love my business
a client. We work with everyone from
that, we can spread out across the
model to achieve that level of financial
brides-to-be to corporate giants. We
country.
success. I’m also impressed by the
are perfectionists by nature, with six
young entrepreneurs at the Science
trained graphic designers in-house.
Center with startups like Colabination.
Their skill level is far higher than
They are making it happen. Outside
anyone on the street.
of my business network, you’ll find
me advocating for disadvantaged kids
in Philadelphia as part of my work as
chairman of the board of the Lenfest
Foundation.
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“Entrepreneurship is a dynamic, demanding and
rewarding career path. When I was younger,
I didn’t consider becoming an entrepreneur.
Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else!
The little questions can be the hardest—
what insurance do we need? Where do
we get it? The Science Center has been
helpful in that area—and so many more.
Now young entrepreneurs are
asking us questions. Unless
they’re a competitor, we’ll tell
them the truth!”
Invisible Sentinel co-founders Ben Pascal, left,
and Nick Siciliano, quoted at right, are on a mission to
make foodborne disease a thing of the past.
In 2007 we had an idea...that’s
Next? We’re expanding in every
We’re fortunate to have a network
The Science Center is our home
about all we had. Now we have
sense of the word! Over the last
of accomplished life science executives
away from home. It’s a fun place.
a thriving company that is making
eight years, we’ve developed several
as well as seasoned service providers
Every month there’s some program or
foodborne disease a thing of the
products that are now approved and
that serve as mentors for us. The
event we’re going to because of the
past. We’ve created a simple, yet
on the market. We’re actively growing
Science Center has been among
topic, speaker, etc.
sophisticated device that detects
our sales and marketing team. We’ve
our strongest advocates. The
bacterial contamination in food and
expanded our management team
entire team, across executive, real
beverages from farm to factory to
as well, and are focused on scaling
estate, incubation, marketing and
fork. Veriflow was developed here in
our production from experimental
administrative functions, have all
our labs. It’s a hand-held cassette—
volumes to meet our sales needs.
been fantastic for us. Being here has
similar to a drugstore pregnancy
Literally bursting at the seams, we
test—that’s easy to use, fast and
are looking forward to graduating
accurate.
from our labs and offices in the Port
we’re glad to be here where so much
to industry leaders.
is taken care of for us. We travel a lot
years securing financing. By 2012,
headquarters—7,500 square feet just
around us. Between the other
our first product was ready. In 2013,
one floor up from where we are now!
companies at the Science Center, all
and we’re making a commitment to
to drive our growth and expand
the City of Philadelphia—we want to
our platform technology into new
keep manufacturing here. The region
industries. For example, we recently
has been good for us, and we see no
partnered with Jackson Family Wines
need to change a winning formula!
to commercialize a diagnostic to
of the universities in the immediate
area, the great institutions, and
finally all of the pharmaceutical and
med-device companies within a half
hour of here, we have a huge wealth
of knowledge and an incredible
employee pool to choose from.
detect Brettanomyces, a yeast that
can impact a wine’s flavor.
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food scene.
Our work is all-consuming. That’s why
We’ve got a wealth of knowledge
We’re staying in the Science Center
native, Ben loves Philly—especially the
community and has given us exposure
incubator and moving into our new
capital. We’re using that money
so it’s familiar to him. While not a
enabled us to access the broader
We spent the first two-and-a-half
we closed on $7 million in venture
Nick was born and raised in the area
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on business, and when we’re here we
don’t get out of our labs very often.
But we make sure the team gets a
chance to blow off steam and have
some fun. We’ll do happy hours,
lunches—and hold the occasional
competitive eating contest. Eleven
donuts in under 30 minutes is the
number to beat!
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Center developed new sapaces, programming,
and partnerships to support entrepreneurs in
the health IT and digital creative spaces, as well
as life sciences. One theme, however, remains
constant: the Port offers more than the physical
infrastructure of office and lab space. Port
residents are immediately plugged into a rich
network of resources where they can access the
programs, the people, and the support to grow
their businesses.
 PROFILE: ELENI
MILTSAKAKI
When Choosito!
CEO Eleni
Miltsakaki
realized she needed to be part of an
GLOBAL SOFT LANDING
DIGITAL HEALTH ACCELERATOR
INNOVATION CENTER @3401
incubator, she decided to approach
The April 2014 visit by Italian
Sixty-seven companies from four
The newest space on the Science
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Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero,
countries competed for six spots
Center campus for entrepreneurs,
pictured above, to the Science
in the Science Center’s new Digital
the Innovation Center @3401,
Center exemplifies the influence
Health Accelerator. Beginning in June
demonstrates our commitment to
and attraction of the Port’s Global
2014, six health IT companies will
collaboration—both in its genesis
Soft Landing Program. With 11
receive up to $50,000 each, space in
and its execution. A partnership with
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international companies representing
the Port, professional mentorship,
Drexel University, [email protected] gives
10 countries, Global Soft Landing
and warm introductions to healthcare
companies working in the IT sector
gives the Port an international flavor.
stakeholders in the Greater
a home among the universities,
Behind those numbers are strong
Philadelphia region.
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partnerships with groups across the
globe.
“As the healthcare and IT sectors
minds that make up University City.
converge, digital health is rapidly
Located at 3401 Market Street,
For example, the Science Center
becoming an area of opportunity
[email protected] is designed to bring together
partnered with the Consulate General
for forward-thinking entrepreneurs.
startup, growing and established
of Canada to host a second round of
With its concentration of healthcare
companies in the IT sector to
the Canadian Technology Accelerator
providers and a growing start-up
work side-by-side with designers,
in the fall of 2013 and a third round
sector, Greater Philadelphia is well
programmers and freelancers as
in spring 2014. The startups have
positioned to become a leader
they develop their ideas, grow their
focused on everything from hand-
in the development of the health
companies and contribute to one
washing hygiene to telemedicine
IT sector,” says Science Center
of Philadelphia’s fastest growing
solutions for in-home hospice
President & CEO Steve Tang. “Through
innovation hubs. Between a co-
care services to online healthcare
programs like the DHA, the Science
working space and dedicated offices
communities.
Center is a natural location for
for startups, DreamIt Ventures’ global
these new companies.” The Digital
headquarters and space for Point.io, a
Health Accelerator is funded in part
mid-sized IT company, [email protected] offers
by the Pennsylvania Department
a community of collaboration, capital
of Community & Economic
and connections.
Development’s Discovered and
Developed in PA program.
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2014 has been a year of growth and expansion
for the Port business incubator as the Science
Center developed new sapaces, programming,
and partnerships to support entrepreneurs in
the health IT and digital creative spaces, as well
as life sciences. One theme, however, remains
constant: the Port offers more than the physical
infrastructure of office and lab space. Port
residents are immediately plugged into a rich
network of resources where they can access the
programs, the people, and the support to grow
their businesses.
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PORT BUSINESS INCUBATOR RESIDENTS
Home to a diverse group of early-stage companies in life sciences and emerging
technologies companies, the Port is often a startup’s first stop on its path to growth. These
incubator residents are shaping the future of healthcare, energy, technology and beyond.
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MILTSAKAKI
When Choosito!
CEO Eleni
Miltsakaki
realized she needed to be part of an
incubator, she decided to approach
Adaptimmune
Cognizance Biomarkers
iPraxis
PhenGen Biotech
Admire Capital
CTA for Health IT
Lenima Field Diagnostics
ReGenX Bio
AUM LifeTech
Cytovas
Optiflame Solutions
RSC Worldwide
BGI Health Americas
Epitek
Parsortix
SAB Technology
Bioscript Science
Graphene Frontiers
Pennsylvania Drug
Swell
Capish
Grupo HDI
Charlesworth Group (USA)
Hyalo Technologies
Choosito!
Innolign Biomedical
Discovery Institute
Persistent Telecom
Solutions
Persona Partners
Invisible Sentinel
PORT AFFILIATES
BioAdvance
NUS America
MedCity Media
Robin Hood Ventures
Temple University—
Office of Technology
Commercialization and
Business Development
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Solutions (TTS)
Vector Biolabs
Viventia Bio
the Science Center. [READ MORE]
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“Real information from the source,” is how one
program attendee summed up Quorum’s wideranging offerings. From the industry experts
and experienced entrepreneurs that Quorum’s
programming attracts, to the community of startups
connecting through shared stories of successes
and challenges, Quorum continues to provide the
foundation for entrepreneurs to meet, collaborate
and build a community of like-minded thinkers. Or
as another attendee put it, “Starting a business is
intensely personal, efforts like Quorum find ways
to give entrepreneurs comfort that their ideas are
valued and secure.”
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HIGHLIGHT:
Ryan Draving
started coding
when he was
15. These days you can find him in
UNIVERSITY CITY KEYSTONE
RAIN
SUPPORTING STUDENT STARTUPS
Quorum working on one of his two
INNOVATION ZONE (KIZ)
Many organizations share a mission.
The 41,000 students at Philadelphia
startups. [READ MORE]
What kind of impact does $1 million
But how many actually collaborate—
University and Temple University now
in KIZ Tax Credits have? Eleven
rather than compete? Collaboration
have access to dedicated one-on-one
University City Keystone Innovation
among the accelerators, incubators
coaching to help them create their
Zone companies are leveraging their
and co-working spaces that spread
own futures as entrepreneurs via the
most recent KIZ Tax Credits, awarded
across the Greater Philadelphia
Blackstone LaunchPad program.
in December 2013, to hire new
region is at the heart of RAIN, the
employees, purchase equipment and
Regional Affinity Incubation Network.
grow their companies in the heart of
Blackstone LaunchPad offices opened
on both campuses in the spring of
A core group dedicated to supporting
2014, and executive directors are
entrepreneurship gathered at the
on board and coaching students
As Apu Gupta of Curalate, a KIZ
Science Center in April 2014 to
across all majors. The Science Center
company notes, “We are 100%
brainstorm topics, themes and goals
serves as the regional partner for this
focused on growing as fast as
for the 6th Annual RAIN Conference.
innovative program.
possible. The KIZ Tax Credits
Representatives from Benjamin’s
accelerate our growth, extend our
Desk, Delaware’s Emerging Enterprise
runway and increase our value.”
Center, Indy Hall, StartUp PHL and the
Philadelphia.
Science Center quickly agreed that the
That’s exactly what was intended
collective goal of our organizations
when the Commonwealth’s
should be making Philadelphia one
Department of Community and
of the top five innovation hubs in the
Economic Development established
world in the next 10 years.
KIZs roughly 10 years ago. The tax
credits incentivize companies to stay
However, no single organization can
in the city and grow. With $100,000
achieve that goal. Luckily for the
on the table for each startup
Greater Philadelphia region, there is
annually, it’s a tough argument to
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path, as well as to drive innovation
and economic development, the
Blackstone LaunchPad is the
result of the Blackstone Charitable
Foundation’s replication and
expansion of a co-curricular program
developed by the University of Miami.
Blackstone LaunchPad programs
across the country have advised more
more than 460 businesses.
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than 3,000 ventures and sustained
leave the Zone.
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program attendee summed up Quorum’s wideranging offerings. From the industry experts
and experienced entrepreneurs that Quorum’s
programming attracts, to the community of startups
connecting through shared stories of successes
and challenges, Quorum continues to provide the
foundation for entrepreneurs to meet, collaborate
and build a community of like-minded thinkers. Or
as another attendee put it, “Starting a business is
intensely personal, efforts like Quorum find ways
to give entrepreneurs comfort that their ideas are
valued and secure.”
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By building awareness of the region’s innovation ecosystem, the 34 members of the
Quorum Strategic Partner Alliance are helping us grow and expand the community of
entrepreneurs.
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Ryan Draving
started coding
when he was
15. These days you can find him in
Quorum working on one of his two
Alliance for Women
Delaware BioScience
Entrepreneurs (AWE)
Association
Baiada Institute for
Delaware Valley Industrial
Entrepreneurship at
Resource Center (DVIRC)
Drexel University
Ben Franklin Technology
Partners of Southeastern
Pennsylvania
Economy League of
Greater Philadelphia
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
at the Drexel University
BioAdvance
School of Law
BioStrategy Partners
Greater Philadelphia
Campus Philly
Center for Entrepreneurial
Studies at Montgomery
County Community College
Consortium for Building
Energy Innovation (CBEI)
Technologies (PACT)
Life Sciences Collaborative
Select Greater Philadelphia
Mid-Atlantic – Russia
Society of Physician
Business Council
Entrepreneurs
Network for Teaching
Technology Forum of
Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
Delaware
New Jersey Technology
Temple University
Council (NJTC)
Innovation &
Pennsylvania Bio
Philadelphia Institute
Greater Philadelphia
Chamber of Commerce
Greater Philadelphia Senior
Executive Group (GPSEG)
Partnership
Philly Startup Leaders
Penn Biotech Group
Alliance for Capital and
Health Innovation
Innovation America
for Neurodegenerative
Disorders (PhIND)
Philly BioBreak
Philadelphia-Israel
Chamber of Commerce
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Entrepreneurship Institute
Villanova University Center
for Innovation, Creativity &
Entrepreneurship (ICE)
Wharton Entrepreneurship
World Trade Center of
Greater Philadelphia
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As the QED program began its seventh round in May
2014, one of its newest academic partners, Penn
State University, expanded its involvement from
the Medical College at Hershey to include its main
campus at University Park. Since its launch in 2009 as
the nation’s first multi-institutional proof-of-concept
program for the life sciences, QED has screened 350+
submissions from researchers at partner institutions
in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and
helped researchers develop 65+ proof-of-concept
plans. The outcome to date? Six licensed technologies
that have the potential to positively disrupt the
healthcare landscape.
 PROFILE
HIGHLIGHT:
The QED Selection
Team thought
so highly of Sam
Gunderson’s work that they funded
QED’S SECRET WEAPON
ONE STEP CLOSER TO MARKET
FOLLOW-ON FUNDING
two of his projects! His second
The 100+ individuals in our business
Four promising technologies are one
What do the Ben Franklin Technology
QED project focuses on pancreatic
advisor network are QED’s secret
step closer to the marketplace thanks
Development Authority, the Common-
weapon. These serial entrepreneurs
to funding from the sixth round of
wealth’s Discovered and Developed
and product development profession-
the QED Proof-of-Concept Program.
in PA program, Pennsylvania De-
als have extensive experience work-
Life science and health IT researchers
partment of Health, PIDC, U.S. Eco-
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ing with academic researchers and
from Drexel University, Temple Uni-
nomic Development Administration,
recognize the inherent challenges
versity and Rutgers, The State Univer-
Wexford Science + Technology and
in bringing an idea from the lab into
sity of New Jersey, received a total of
the William Penn Foundation have
the marketplace. Four of our longest
$600,000 through the QED program in
in common? Together they and the
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serving advisors have formed a steer-
December 2013 to develop a potential
QED recipients’ academic institutions
ing committee, helping to manage
drug therapy for Lou Gehrig’s disease;
have provided $3.6 million in awards
the growing network. Together, they
validate a new therapeutic compound
to QED participants. This funding is
have a combined 124 years of expe-
for pancreatic cancer; develop soft-
dedicated to de-risking promising
rience: Dr. Jim Ballance is a seasoned
ware to analyze EEG readings and
technologies and encouraging fol-
biotech executive, Dr. David Hesson’s
guide diagnosis; and develop soft-
low-on investments. So far it’s work-
background is in pharmaceutical dis-
ware to improve communications
ing! As of May 2014, the 20 funded
covery and development, Jim Harris
skills of healthcare professionals.
projects have attracted $11.7 million
in follow-on funding.
specializes in operations and brand
marketing, and Lorraine Marchand
specializes in entrepreneurship in the
healthcare sphere. This combination
of technical and business experience
helps the academic investigators to
identify opportunities they may have
never realized. It’s these epiphanies
that make our business advisor network invaluable.
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2014, one of its newest academic partners, Penn
State University, expanded its involvement from
the Medical College at Hershey to include its main
campus at University Park. Since its launch in 2009 as
the nation’s first multi-institutional proof-of-concept
program for the life sciences, QED has screened 350+
submissions from researchers at partner institutions
in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and
helped researchers develop 65+ proof-of-concept
plans. The outcome to date? Six licensed technologies
that have the potential to positively disrupt the
healthcare landscape.
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represent a network dedicated to advancing technology transfer across the
The QED Selection
region and beyond.
Team thought
so highly of Sam
The Children’s Hospital
Lankenau Institute for
Philadelphia College of
Thomas Jefferson
of Philadelphia
Medical Research
Osteopathic Medicine
University
Delaware State University
Lehigh University
Philadelphia University
University of Delaware
Drexel University
Monell Chemical
Rowan University
University of Pennsylvania
Rutgers University,
University of the Sciences
Gunderson’s work that they funded
two of his projects! His second
QED project focuses on pancreatic
cancer. [READ MORE]
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
Harrisburg University of
Science and Technology
Senses Center
New Jersey Institute of
the State University of
Technology
New Jersey
The Pennsylvania State
Temple University
University
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The Wistar Institute
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What happens when you put kids in front of
microscopes and teach them how to make
selfies from their DNA? Some would say
magic; at the Science Center, we say STEAM!
Through youth programming, mentorships, and
educator workshops that encourage creative
exploration and experiential learning, the
Science Center is using Art to encourage entry
into the STEM fields of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math—and ensuring that
today’s generation of students is prepared to
become tomorrow’s innovation workforce.
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“I think it’s cool
to feel like I’m
actually doing
something with science,” 14-year-old
ART ALONG THE AVENUE OF
LET’S PLAY VENTURE!
TEACHING THE TEACHERS
Jalen said at a Polymer Play session.
TECHNOLOGY
Sometimes it takes a low-tech
The majority of middle school
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PolakvanBekkum, an artist duo
approach to explain a high-tech
students nationwide are being
institution. Faced with the challenge
taught math and science by teachers
of making the Science Center
with no degrees or certificates in
accessible to the community at large,
STEM subjects. This is a particularly
the leaders of the Science Center’s
troubling issue in resource-poor
STEAM Initiatives designed and
Philadelphia, which lacks the
from the Netherlands, arrived
in Philadelphia in May 2014 to
help activate the Science Center’s
campus through a ground-breaking
placemaking and community
developed Venture, a role-playing
assets to support STEM education
engagement program: Art Along
card game that gives players an inside
at a wholesale level. That’s where
the Avenue of Technology. Through
look at how the Science Center helps
the Science Center’s Educator
November 2014, Esther Polak and
entrepreneurs get their companies
Training program comes in. Aimed
Ivar van Bekkum will explore the
off the ground. Game participants
at transforming the educational
intersection of art, science and
take on the role of a startup founder,
space, the Science Center’s STEAM
a lab technician, a venture capital
workshops offer a hands-on approach
funder, a Science Center employee,
that allows educators to evaluate
or even a company CEO! Successful
and innovate their teaching styles.
players cultivate relationships and
This unique early-stage workshop
technology along Market Street.
PolakvanBekkum will create a Google
Earth film that incorporates satellite
imagery, photography and GPS to
connections, in effect recreating the
document mobility in the region.
supports educators with flexible
supportive web that is at the core of
methods that will enable their own
Art Along the Avenue of Technology
the Science Center’s mission.
programs to evolve with the future
is supported by the Philadelphia
workforce needs. Educators leave
Redevelopment Authority’s Percent
with a new sense of what STEAM
for Art Program and Wexford Science
education means and as part of a
+ Technology.
supported community of peers.
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 SUPPORTERS
Thank you to all of our supporters in 2013-2014. Your generosity and commitment ensure
that we can continue to inspire a community of knowledge, spark the spirit of enterprise and
help expand and strengthen the region’s technology sector.
PROGRAM SUPPORTERS
ART ALONG THE AVENUE OF TECHNOLOGY
QED PROOF-OF-CONCEPT PROGRAM
ParenteBeard
Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
Drexel University
Pennsylvania Department of
Wexford Science + Technology,
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Community and Economic Development
The Pennsylvania State University
Safeguard Scientifics
THE BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD
Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
Thomas Jefferson University
Blackstone Charitable Foundation
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
University of Pennsylvania
Temple University
University of the Sciences
University of Delaware
The Wistar Institute
LLC, A BioMed Realty Company
INNOVATORS WALK OF FAME
EisnerAmper LLP
U.S. Economic Development Administration
Pennoni Associates, Inc.
Wexford Science + Technology,
LLC, A BioMed Realty Company
PORT BUSINESS INCUBATOR
JPMorgan Chase
Pennsylvania Department of Community and
Economic Development’s Discovered and
Developed in PA Program
STEAM INITIATIVES
QUORUM and the UNIVERSITY CITY
ArtPlace America
KEYSTONE INNOVATION ZONE
The Barra Foundation
Kenneth J. Blank, Ph.D.
Cognizant Making the Future
Citizens Bank
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Deloitte LLP
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
a state agency
Drexel University
Philadelphia Cultural Fund
Fisher Scientific
The Provincial Foundation, recommended
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Odell Studner
by the Klein and Mannes families
Verizon Foundation
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
PRESENTING SPONSOR OF 50TH
Carl Kopfinger
HSC Builders & Construction Managers
Korn/Ferry International
Independence Blue Cross
KPMG LLP
Invisible Sentinel
ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION SPONSOR
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
David and Eunice King
Drexel University
NBME
Limbach Company, LLC
DESSERT RECEPTION SPONSOR
PECO
Morphotek, Inc.
Southern Land Company
Pennsylvania Bio
New Jersey Technology Council
Philadelphia Convention &
NewSpring Capital
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
University of Pennsylvania
DIAMOND SPONSORS
Visitors Bureau
Connelly Foundation
Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell
Philadelphia University
and Hippel LLP
Phoenix IP Ventures
Odell Studner
PIDC
Pennoni Associates, Inc.
INVENTING THE FUTURE SPONSORS
Rowan University
Pepper Hamilton LLP
AlliedBarton Security Services
Stephen S. Tang and Family
Replica Creative
Aum LifeTech, Inc.
TD Bank
Ridge Policy Group
The Beneficial Foundation
WHYY
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.
CELEBRATION FRIENDS
The Sarian Group
Aspire Bariatrics
State Street Advisors
CAI
Strada/UJMN
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cashman
Stradley Ronon
of Commerce
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Thomson Reuters
INTECH Construction
Citizens Bank
Paul and Carol Touhey
Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield of Pennsylvania
Wells Fargo
JPMorgan Chase
Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
Woodcock Washburn LLP
EisnerAmper LLP
Temple University
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Cozen O’Connor
Educational Commission for
Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®)
Greater Philadelphia Chamber
First State Innovation
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LEADERSHIP
 SHAREHOLDER INSTITUTIONS
 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 MANAGEMENT TEAM
An independent 501(c)(3) corporation, the Science Center is regional and collaborative
both by nature and design. The footprint of our 31 shareholder institutions extends
from eastern Pennsylvania to southern New Jersey and into Delaware.
The American College
Lehigh University
Bryn Mawr College
Lincoln University
The Presbyterian Foundation
for Philadelphia
Rowan University
Mercy Health System
Burlington County College
The Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia
NUS America (National University
of Singapore)
Delaware State University
The Penjerdel Council
Drexel University
Pennsylvania Hospital
East Stroudsburg University
Philadelphia College of
Osteopathic Medicine
Haverford College
Philadelphia University
Lafayette College
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LEADERSHIP
 SHAREHOLDER INSTITUTIONS
 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 MANAGEMENT TEAM
Maxine Ballen
Ernest J. Dianastasis
Richard P. Jaffe, Esq.
William J. Marrazzo
New Jersey Technology Council
Computer Aid, Inc.
Duane Morris
WHYY, Inc.
Chairwoman, Community
First State Innovation
Science Center Director Emeritus
Engagement Committee
Michael A. DiPiano
J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D.
Kerry R. Benson
NewSpring Ventures
Perelman School of Medicine,
The PFM Group
Board Vice Chairman
University of Pennsylvania,
Chairman, Audit Committee
University of Pennsylvania
Kenneth J. Blank, Ph.D.
Rowan University
Steven J. Fluharty, Ph.D.
Board Vice Chairman
University of Pennsylvania
Chairman, Development Committee
Glen N. Gaulton, Ph.D.
Health System
Philip R. Johnson, M.D.
Keith A. Orris
Drexel University
Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D.
Philadelphia University
Paul Touhey
Invisible Sentinel
The Children’s Hospital of
Tara L. Weiner
Philadelphia
Deloitte LLP
Craig R. Carnaroli
Perelman School of Medicine,
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Russel E. Kaufman, M.D.
Stephen T. Zarrilli
Board Chairman
Chairman, Scientific Advisory
The Wistar Institute
Safeguard Scientifics
Chairman, Executive Committee
Committee
David R. King
Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA
Christopher M. Cashman
Helen F. Giles–Gee, Ph.D.
Atonarp, Inc.
University City Science Center
Marinus Pharmaceuticals
University of the Science
Deborah L. Crawford, Ph.D.
Jane H. Hollingsworth
TD Bank
Drexel University
Militia Hill Ventures
Chairman, Asset Management
Katherine D. Crothall, Ph.D.
David P. Holveck
Aspire Bariatrics, LLC
Science Center Director Emeritus
Osagie O. Imasogie
Phoenix IP Ventures
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Committee
Kenneth L. Kring
Korn/Ferry International
Chairman, Corporate Governance
and Nominating Committee
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MANAGEMENT TEAM
TEAM
Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA
President and CEO
Curt Hess, RPA
Senior Vice President of Real Estate Operations
Steve Tang became President and CEO of the Science Center in
With more than 30 years of diversified real estate experience,
2008. He was attracted to this role because he saw the Science
Curt Hess is responsible for the management and leasing of
Center as an exciting, complex leadership challenge that would
more than 1.5 million square feet of Science Center office and
draw upon a wide range of his business and scientific interests.
lab space. Curt is inspired by the work that the brilliant people
Steve was also motivated by his passion for innovation and
on the Science Center campus do every day—developing cures,
entrepreneurship—and their potential to make the world a better
diagnostics, therapeutics and medical devices to diagnose, treat,
place. When asked what career advice got Steve to where he is
mitigate and even cure diseases as well as other incredible
today, he responded, “Learn how to simultaneously fit in, stand
inventions that help improve the lives, well-being and safety of
out, and uplift others. From there, surround yourself with people
people all over the world.
who do the same.”
Saul A. Behar, Esq.
Vice President and General Counsel
Monica Cawvey
Vice President, Development
Steve Tang became President and CEO of the Science Center in
Monica Cawvey joined the Science Center in 2013 as Vice
2008. He was attracted to this role because he saw the Science
President of Development. In this newly created position, Monica
Center as an exciting, complex leadership challenge that would
is responsible for the overall strategic planning, development,
draw upon a wide range of his business and scientific interests.
implementation and ongoing management of the Science
Steve was also motivated by his passion for innovation and
Center’s comprehensive development and fundraising program.
entrepreneurship—and their potential to make the world a better
Monica got her start in fundraising as a Girl Scout selling cookies,
place. When asked what career advice got Steve to where he is
a project that left her with a passion to make a difference and an
today, he responded, “Learn how to simultaneously fit in, stand
unfortunate love for Thin Mints.
out, and uplift others. From there, surround yourself with people
who do the same.”
Christopher J. Laing, MRCVS, Ph.D.
Vice President, Science and Technology
Rob Marcantuono, CPA, MBA
Vice President, Accounting
Chris Laing oversees the Science Center’s Science and Technology
Rob Marcantuono is responsible for the overall financial and
Programs, including the QED Proof-of-Concept Program, new
fiscal management of the Science Center, providing financial
venture development, and the Port business incubator. He
oversight of the corporate, real estate, treasury, grant planning
provides guidance in early business and product development
and budget activities. Rob joined the Science Center in 2008
and has helped tech startups raise more than $20 million in
as Corporate Controller and was promoted to Vice President,
federal funding. Chris has lived in Hong Kong, Sydney, and
Accounting in 2014. His mantra is “Nothing worth doing, in work
London, but for the last 12 years has called Philadelphia home—
or in life, will ever be easy. The most challenging experiences will
he says it’s the entrepreneurial vibe of the city!
be the ones you cherish the most.”
Jeanne Mell
Vice President, Marketing Communications
Kindra Sloan, PHR, CPP
Senior Manager, Human Resources
Jeanne Mell joined the Science Center in 2009 as Vice President,
Kindra Sloan joined the Science Center in 2006 and was
Marketing Communications. She is responsible for all aspects
promoted to Senior Manager, Human Resources in 2010. She is
of corporate marketing, communications, public and media
responsible for the development and execution of the Science
relations and community engagement. Jeanne also oversees
Center’s strategic human resources program, as well as the
Quorum and the Science Center’s participation in Blackstone
delivery of HR services including employee relations, benefits,
LaunchPad Philadelphia. Jeanne’s first “real” job as an editorial
compensation, recruitment, training, and policy development.
assistant at Inc. Magazine gave her an appreciation for
Kindra lives by the career advice “Don’t just tell them what you
entrepreneurship and launched her communications career.
can do; show them what you can do.”
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Does place matter in this increasingly wireless world? At the Science Center, the answer
is an emphatic “Yes!” We’re in the midst of a multi-year endeavor to energize Market
Street as we transform our campus into a dynamic 24/7 innovation community.
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The Science Center celebrated 50 years of inventing the future with a party in October
2013. More than 350 people turned out to network, support the Science Center and
learn the identities of the inaugural class of the Innovators Walk of Fame.
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ABOUT THE SCIENCE CENTER
The University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, entrepreneurship
and technology commercialization. For more than 50 years, we have helped scientists,
entrepreneurs, startups, and growing and established companies throughout the Greater
Philadelphia region as they move their technologies into the marketplace, where they can benefit
the region and the world.
We accomplish this by offering a steady stream of networking, professional development, and
entrepreneurial support programs designed to leverage the rich resources available on our
campus and in the region.
Our 31 nonprofit shareholders include many of the leading colleges, universities, hospitals and
research institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Since we were founded in 1963, graduate organizations and current residents of the Science
Center’s Port business incubator have created more than 15,000 direct jobs that remain in the
region today.
Global Soft Landing, Quorum and QED are registered trademarks of the University City Science Center.
The Port is a trademark of the University City Science Center.
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Photography by Chris Hartlove
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