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April 2017

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Cover Stories

Incorporating Serration Technology into a 40-year old Procedure

Written by Cagent Vascular

cagent vascular

Angioplasty has been around for 40 years. This procedure, which is used to restore blood flow in blocked arteries, has needed an upgrade for decades. EuroPCR, the largest Interventional Cardiology conference in the world, is celebrating 40-Years of Angioplasty next month in Paris. However, despite angioplasty's long history, angioplasty balloons have not evolved enough to keep up with the changing landscape of arterial intervention, until now.


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Cyber Threats Hit New Jersey Hospitals - Hard

Written by Patty Brogdon of NIKSUN


An alarming trend is happening all over the nation with hackers breaking into hospital networks and stealing valuable patient data, a trend that is hitting particularly hard in New Jersey. In fact, according to, approximately one million patients at New Jersey medical facilities have been compromised thus far and that number is expected to grow. While human theft and misplacement of servers and other equipment account for a portion of that number, the greatest threats to patient privacy occur over the network.


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What's your story?

If you would like to write the cover story for upcoming editions of PACT Times, please contact Amanda Nardi by April 17.

News & Announcements

Reserve Your Spot at Phorum 2017!

Phorum 2017

We are excited for the Phorum 2017 program and for Geoffrey Moore's keynote address! Take three minutes to register and walk away with his latest book, Zone to Win: Organizing to Compete in an Age of Disruption. The first 300 people to register by April 7 will receive a copy. Take a look at this year's agenda and discover what Phorum 2017 will bring.

Register Now »

Why You Should Attend the Enterprise Awards on May 18

EA 2017

Dust off your fine attire - there are so many exciting elements in store for the 2017 awards gala. If you haven't already done so, reserve your table, half table or seat. You will want a presence at this year's Enterprise Awards.


Here are a few reasons why you should attend:  

  • Everyone you need to know in Philadelphia will be in one room. It's the night where it ALL happens.
  • No other regional event could give you access to the right people than the Enterprise Awards.
  • Be a "cheerleader" for your city's best and brightest innovators.
  • Honor a true legend for lifetime achievement, Richard Vague of Gabriel Investments.

Take a closer look at our finalists and honorees for the 24th Annual Enterprise Awards:

Honoring Richard Vague for Lifetime Achievement »

Profiling the Technology and Healthcare Award Finalists »


**The deadline to submit your commemorative Tribute Journal message is April 11 2017.**

Learn More & Register »

PACT Foundation Breakfast Recap: Diversity Over Breakfast

On Wednesday March 8th, as tens of thousands of people around the world celebrated International Women's Day, more than 300 members of the innovation community in Philadelphia gathered for the PACT Foundation Breakfast, a celebration of women-led enterprises.

Learn More and Donate to the PACT Foundation »


PACT Phorum Preview Party

April 20 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
WeWork 1900 Market | 1900 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103


Phorum Enterprise Technology Conference

Digitizing the Enterprise - The future is NOW

April 27 | 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SugarHouse Event Center | 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Title Sponsors:

Fairmount Partners



PTW17: Building a Venture-Backed Business

A Fireside Chat Featuring Josh Kopelman, ‎Partner at First Round Capital
Interviewed by Apu Gupta, CEO & Co-founder at Curalate

May 1 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pennovation Center | 3401 Grays Ferry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Sponsored by:

Fairmount Partners


PACT SaaS Roundtable

May 5 | 8 - 10 a.m.
Evolve IP | 989 Old Eagle School Rd, Wayne, PA 19087

Sponsored by:

Bentley Systems
ors partners
Pepper Hamilton


24th Annual Enterprise Awards

Recognizing Achievement in Technology, Healthcare, and Investment

May 18 | 5 - 9 p.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center | Grand Hall and Ballroom

Title Sponsor:

Fairmount Partners

In Partnership with:



PACT-TiE Pitch Event

May 22 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Comcast Center | 1701 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sponsored by:

comcast business
wells fargo advisors


PACT Technology Executive Roundtable

June 22 | 8 - 10 a.m.
Pfizer, Inc | Collegeville Conference Center (Barn), 500 Arcola Road, Collegeville, PA 19426

Sponsored by:



object frontier






5/31 - PACT Medtech Event »

6/8 - PACT General Tech Event »

6/13 - Investor Only Reception and Dinner »

Interested in Sponsoring an Event?

Please contact Dianne Strunk for more information.

Mentor Connect

The Future of Fighting Bacteria | Joseph Callahan | TEDxWakeForestU

Produced by TEDx Talks

 Mankind has been at war with bacteria since our world began. Joseph Callahan outlines the reality of this fight with bacteria, what is necessary to win this battle, and how technology can protect hospital patients. Watch the full video on Mentor Connect's very own, Joe Callahan.

Watch full video »

Biocoat Inc, a Montgomery County-based maker of high-performance coatings for medical devices, has a new home.

Written by John George, Philadelphia Business Journal

This company [one our mentors] last month completed the first two-phases of its new $10 million headquarters in Horsham - less than a mile from where it was previously based.

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Big Aquisition for Mentor Connect's Latest Mentor, Jeff Dittus

Jeff Dittus recently sold his company to the former Cablevision, 4th largest cable company in the country. He also joined MentorConnect as our latest mentor. His partner is Rich Masterson.

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The next start-up hubs

Written by Kim Hart, AXIOS

Philadelphia made the national list of emerging tech hubs. Read the full article below. Also, watch Zivtech Co-Founder and CEO discuss our region's thriving tech and entrepreneurship community during a panel with other startups at SXSW. Learn more.

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Member Spotlight

Spotlighting Merrill Lynch

Take a look at the member profile of the month and connect today!

Learn more »


Welcome PACT Members



Ashton Tweed, LTD

Audience Partners

Baker Tilly

CBM Group

Cigniti Technologies

Clutch Holdings, LLC

Cooley LLP


EisnerAmper, LLP

Hercules Technology Growth Capital

InfraScan, Inc.


IPR International

Marketing Management Solutions

RampUp Consulting

Sandler Training

Saul Ewing LLP

Stitch Data


The Sharp Financial Group

Voice 4 Impact

White and Williams

Yohannan Capital, LLC

Press Releases & News


Anexinet unveils New Business Intelligence Platform - Omni-Channel Analytics »

Baker Tilly

Baker Tilly Expands East Coast Transactions Practice »

Corps Team

Corps Team Announces Newest Local Client, IT Solutions »

Dell Boomi

Integrator Dell Boomi Acquires Workflow Automationist ManyWho »


DSA Opens Office in Charlottesville, Virginia »

DSA Opens New Office in Colorado Springs, Colorado »

Fairmount Partners

Fairmount Partners Spring News »

Intact Vascular

Intact Vascular Announces Completion of Enrollment in the Tack Optimized Balloon Angioplasty II (TOBA II) Clinical Trial »

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Tenant Consolidations Negatively Impact Greater Philadelphia's Market »

NGKF Completed Transaction »

Michael J. Dagit Joins NGKF's Philadelphia Office in Center City »

NewSpring Capital

NewSpring Capital Raises $257 Million Mezzanine Fund »


NIKSUN Named Industry's "Most Comprehensive Solution" »

Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton Creates Cross-Discipline Health Sciences Department, To Be Headed by Nina Gussack »

Safeguard Scientifics

When Is a Unicorn Really Worth $1 Billion? »

VitalTrax First Company to Receive Seed Capital from Digital Health Funding Initiative »

Velano Vascular raises $17 million for a needle-free blood draw device »


SAP beefs up its integrated business planning suite »

University City Science Center

Commentary: Immigrant entrepreneurs embody the American Dream »

We thank our Founding Leaders for their commitment and support:



Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Bentley Systems

Comcast Business

Cozen O'Connor

Duane Morris

Evolve IP


Fairmount Partners

Fox Rothschild

Grant Thornton

Independence Blue Cross



Morgan Lewis

NewSpring Capital

Osage Partners

Pepper Hamilton



Safeguard Scientifics 



University City Science Center

University of Pennsylvania


Philly Tech Week 2017

Bob Moore

The 7th annual Philly Tech Week will take place April 28 - May 6, 2017. Philly Tech Week 2017 is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation.

Check out the calendar of events »

PACT Foundation Corner

Donate to AWE Ventures

Powered by Ben Franklin

About AWE Ventures
By using an innovative model that draws on crowdfunding and donations, everyone can be involved in supporting women-led ventures. AWE Ventures — Powered by Ben Franklin is built from three major components:

  • A crowd-funded, donation-driven capital pool exclusively in support of women-led startups and emerging enterprises. AWE and Ben Franklin will work together to engage donors in the world of investments in early-stage women-led enterprises. *Ben Franklin will match* contributions up to $250,000 to form a total contribution pool of $500,000, and will manage the process of investment in these companies.
  • Mentorship programs that combine Ben Franklin’s world-class model for due diligence with the experience of the AWE community, to provide hands-on support for entrepreneurs from both organizations’ shared networks of capital, counsel and connections.
  • Events, workshops and published content to empower potential entrepreneurs and investors with stories of success from each organizations’ network of leaders, celebrating the progress of women in entrepreneurship and investing.

To date, 19 Companies have received funding from AWE Ventures. Please help continue to grow our foundation for more investments to come.


Donate Now »


Share Your Insights in PACT Times

We invite you to contribute any insights or expertise you have that show the importance of women-led enterprises or support diversity in innovation for Philadelphia.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dianne Strunk.


4/5 & 4/6  —  SecureWorld Philadelphia Conference »

4/6  —  The 20th annual New Jersey Tech Council Venture Conference »

4/12  —  Conducting Medical Device Clinical Trials in South America »

4/12  —  Dine & Dash Event with HPE: Hyperconverged »

4/13  —  Omni-Channel Customer Analytics Webinar »

4/21  —  CreativeXchange »

4/28  —  Hit a Home Run with HPE Synergy »

5/4  — PA Tech Con »

5/5  — Angel Venture Fair »

5/9  —  9th Annual Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum »

Nominations for Innovators Walk of Fame Closes 5/19 »

10/1 - 10/7  —  UPNEXT Festival »

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