“Rare for an innovation to have such wide-ranging benefits to society:” Startup wins big with medtech solution

By Cara Aungst Phiex CEO CL Tian accepts the grand prize of $350,000 at AdvaMed’s The MedTech Conference. Photo: Steven Schloss. Did you know that the methods used to sterilize most medical equipment have been linked to cancer? Ethylene oxide or EtO — which is used in most legacy methods — has recently been restricted […]


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TechCelerator winner improving path to addiction recovery

By Nikki Ciecierski Sharina Johnson (right) is pictured at the Ben Franklin TechCelerator program with Arcana Recovery co-founder Laura Arciuolo (left). Photo: Provided. There can often be shame in seeking help for addiction. Just ask Sharina Johnson. As a military veteran who struggled with addiction after coming home from Iraq, she said the military taught […]

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How Penn State’s materials research discoveries are impacting society

By Cara Aungst Materials Day 2022, the annual marquee event for materials-related interdisciplinary science and engineering at Penn State, will be held Oct. 20-21, 2022, at Penn State’s HUB and Millennium Science Complex. The event will be held in-person this year after being held virtually for the past two years. This year’s theme is "Materials […]

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Penn State’s new virus identification method works in mere minutes

By Timothy Kelly H5N2 viruses trapped on aligned carbon nanotubes. Photo: Penn State University. Identifying a new or emerging pathogen involves three tasks: collect a representative sample, analyze the sample and interpret the results. Using established methods, collecting a sample, isolating and concentrating a virus involves multiple steps, taking hours or days to complete. A […]

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At The Rivet, there are no limits to the imagination

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger Students observe work being performed on a potter’s wheel. Photo: Provided. We often hear the phrase “there are no limits to the imagination.” What we rarely hear discussed, which is much less romantic, are the limitations imposed upon creatives when they can’t afford the tools and training that they need to usher those […]

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Kish Bank and the human side of innovation

By Cara Aungst Kish Bank is one of Pennsylvania’s fastest growing community bank franchises. Photo: Provided. There are some banks that are very good at pioneering new technology and some that excel in high-touch personal service. But finding them both in one place — and from a bank launched and firmly planted right here in […]

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TEAMology uses AI to make big impact on social, emotional and mental health and wellness

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger Linsey Covert with TEAMology’s Ruby. Credit: Photo Provided If you’ve ever seen Pixar’s movie “Inside Out,” you may have already gotten a taste of how TEAMology helps children regulate and control their emotions. Founded in 2016, TEAMology is the brainchild of CEO Linsey Covert. As a grad student at Penn State, she […]

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