The University of Pennsylvania Announces Agreement with Johnson & Johnson Innovation to Launch JPOD @ Philadelphia

JPOD @ Philadelphia will come to fruition at business incubator Pennovation Center this fall as a new resource to help local healthcare entrepreneurs move their science forward and continue to build the region’s innovation ecosystem

JPOD @ Philadelphia will also launch QuickFire Challenge to nurture local innovation

Pennovation Media Contact:
Jennifer Rizzi, Director, Communications, Facilities & Real Estate Services, 215.573.6107,

July 18, 2018
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) announced today a collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC to open the first JPOD location in the United States, JPOD @ Philadelphia. The JPOD will be located at Pennovation Works, within the Pennovation Center, the University’s two-year-old full-service business and technology incubator located at 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue. The JPOD @ Philadelphia will serve as a regional resource amplifying the programming and engagement of the JLABS ecosystem by tapping into the existing nexus of science, laboratory and entrepreneurial efforts taking place at the Pennovation Center and the regional life sciences community.

The JPOD is a networking hub which includes a secure telecommunications conferencing system to connect researchers and entrepreneurs within the Pennovation Center and region to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation network. The goal of the JPOD @ Philadelphia is to identify and accelerate the development of early-stage healthcare solutions from the region’s life science ecosystem that address significant unmet patient and consumer needs in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, consumer and health technologies. It will also support those innovators with training, mentoring and networking programs to equip them with a mix of resources to help enable their success.

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