Pennovation Works

Turning carbon emissions into rocks

In Penn’s Clean Energy Conversions Lab, researcher Peter Psarras and colleagues are repurposing waste from industrial mines, storing carbon pulled from the atmosphere into newly formed rock.

Michele W. Berger

Engaging teens in the art of design

Through the PennPraxis program Design to Thrive, high schoolers are paired with Penn graduate students to learn the design process, from planning to welding and all parts in between.

Michael Grant

A decade of advancing working dogs for the greater good

Inspired by her experience caring for working dogs following 9/11 at Ground Zero, Penn Vet Working Dog Center Director Cynthia Otto’s initial vision has grown into a thriving organization with a mission to use science to improve the breeding, training, care, and effectiveness of working dogs.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Engineering a solution for microplastic pollution

May graduates Sarah Beth Gleeson, Shoshana Weintraub, and Julia Yan will use their President’s Sustainability Prize to create a device for trapping microfibers in laundry machines to reduce ocean microplastic pollution.

Erica K. Brockmeier , Amanda Mott

Improving access to at-home health care

With their company Mobility Health, President’s Innovation Prize winners Aris Saxena and Yiwen Li have created a program which connects patients with on-demand health care at their homes.

Dee Patel

In the News Philly

This Penn resident is behind an AI app aiming to reduce physician burnout

Penn Medicine resident Nikhil Illa is featured as the cofounder of Pocket Scribe, maker of a cloud-based app that assists physicians by using artificial intelligence to transcribe and sort dictated notes. The app won the Best Pitch Award at Pennovation’s annual accelerator pitch day.


Philly founders are growing their startups with these three summertime resources

Pennovation’s annual accelerator concluded with a pitch day at the end of July. After participating in the six-week accelerator, the nine companies in the 2023 program pitched to a panel of judges and other members of the Pennovation community in hopes of winning funding and other perks.


Penn’s SAFELab sits at the intersection of technology and social work

PIK Professor Desmond Upton Patton, founder and director of the SAFELab, discusses the initiative’s research on grief, gun violence, and social media as well as its new space at the Pennovation Center.


Artists and Penn Ph.D.s collabed to explore the intersection of art and engineering. Check out their exhibit

In the culminating project of Penn’s Robotics Art Residency, three artists hosted at the Pennovation Center developed collaborative exhibits with Ph.D. students at the GRASP Lab of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Weitzman School of Design.


Philadelphia Business Journal

Pennovation Works names new managing director to oversee 1.8M square feet of planned development

Denita Henderson discusses the $365 million life sciences research, development, and manufacturing facility she will oversee in her new role as managing director of Pennovation Works.



Penn to build massive life sciences complex at Pennovation Works campus

The University of Pennsylvania has selected a developer for a life sciences facility that will join the school's Pennovation Works incubator along the Lower Schuylkill.