Science Center and Alira Health Establish Strategic Partnership to Accelerate MedTech Commercialization

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The University City Science Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit with over 60 years of experience advancing the commercialization of promising technologies, and Alira Health, a leading international healthcare and life sciences advisory firm, are joining forces to support Philadelphia-based life sciences and medical technology startups.

Through this partnership, Alira Health will leverage its expertise and deep connections within the healthcare and life sciences industry to support Science Center portfolio companies including members of the ic@3401 incubator and the Launch Lane cohort. Alira Health will offer a suite of advisory support, including expertise related to regulatory and clinical affairs, market access, reimbursement, in addition to health economics and outcomes research (HEOR).

“The Science Center’s partnership with Alira Health is a significant value-add for our portfolio companies, enabling them to more efficiently transition their technologies into the marketplace,” says Science Center President & CEO, Tiffany Wilson. “As we push further into the MedTech space, gaining access to Alira Health’s expertise is a win for Philadelphia’s life sciences ecosystem and positions our companies for the best chance of success.”

“Our partnership with the Science Center reinforces our commitment to fostering entrepreneurs in the development of innovative technologies in MedTech,” said David Uffer, Senior Partner and VP of MedTech, Alira Health. “The suite of programs they have developed to further their mission of supporting companies on their path to commercialization is exemplary in the Greater Philadelphia market. We are pleased to offer our practice leaders across our service offerings to advance this effort.”

In addition to individualized pro bono support of Science Center portfolio companies, David Uffer will hold office hours at the June 17th Venture Café Thursday Gathering focused on the MedTech sector. More info here.

The Science Center offers a suite of commercialization programs that are collectively designed to identify, support, and commercialize the most promising technologies. Supporting life sciences, MedTech, and tech-enabled startups, the Science Center helps put teams into place, identify early resources, and connect founders with its vast network of academic and research institutions and industry partners. Over the last ten years, the Science Center has supported over 600 startups and invested $13.4 million with over $1 billion raised in follow-on funds.

About the Science Center
Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit that commercializes promising technology, cultivates talent and convenes people to inspire action. For over 50 years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development across the emerging technology sectors. As a result, Science Center-supported companies account for one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing the right help at the right time, the Science Center is turning bright ideas into businesses and nurturing a workforce to support our 21st century economy. Visit sciencecenter.org to learn more.

About Alira Health
Alira Health is an international advisory firm on the frontlines of healthcare transformation. They provide a suite of integrated services designed to help healthcare and life science companies innovate and grow across their solutions lifecycle.

Alira Health was founded in 1999 and is based in Framingham, MA, U.S. Offices are located in San Francisco, CA, U.S.; Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain; Munich, Germany; Milan, Italy; and Basel and Geneva, Switzerland.

Learn more at https://www.alirahealth.com/.


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