Communications from the Executive Vice Dean

Celebration of Innovation


Dear Colleagues,

We had another year of stellar innovation and discovery, and we offer our congratulations to the winners of the 2017/2018 Celebration of Innovation, sponsored by the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI):

·         Inventor of the Year Award: Yvonne J. Paterson, PhD

·         Deal of the Year Award: Drew Weissman, MD, PhD

·         Emerging Inventor of the Year Award: Daniel J. Powell, PhD

·         Biomedical Device of the Year Award: Haim Bau, PhD

In addition, congratulations to the 65 faculty members who were recognized for 128 patents in FY17.  More information can be found here.

Given these achievements, it is no wonder that Penn was recently ranked fourth in the World’s Most Innovative Universities in 2017 list by Reuters.  Thank you all for your creative and innovative ideas, and thank you to PCI for our continued partnership. 

Lastly, as a reminder, PCI developed a very informative guide on commercialization, available electronically, to provide guidance on invention disclosures, intellectual property, contracts, and patent policies. I encourage you to download or request your copy today. 

All best,

Jon Epstein, MD

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