Celebrating Five Years of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Creativity

A student works on a robotic arm at PERCH
Researchers at the Penn Engineering Research and Collaboration Hub, located on the third floor of the Pennovation Center, conduct fundamental research on robotics, embedded systems, Internet of Things (IoT), and other emerging domains of science and engineering. (Photo: Eric Sucar)

Five years ago, President Amy Gutmann officially opened the University’s “iconic new landmark” Pennovation Center, a facility designed to align researchers, innovators, and businesses for the commercialization of discoveries. Since its opening, Pennovation Center and the surrounding 23-acre Pennovation Works campus have been an essential part of Penn’s goal of connecting entrepreneurs with world-renowned experts and state-of-the-art facilities.

“Innovation at Penn is skyrocketing today with an ecosystem that strategically fosters bold new discoveries across boundaries. We built the Pennovation Center—right at the heart of our new Pennovation Works campus—to speed bringing transformational discoveries into the world,” says Gutmann. “Since its opening, this remarkable, state-of-the-art space and its exceptional occupants have had a profound positive impact in Philadelphia, our nation, and beyond. The best part? There is so much more to come.”

Penn Today shares some key milestones from the past five years, including how the campus has evolved, highlights of its innovative research and commercialization activities, and provides a glimpse into its future.

Read more at Penn Today.