Here at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR), we understand that collaboration and cooperation are necessary in order to create successful research programs and develop laboratory discoveries into real-world products. That is why we partner with regional and national groups to help promote and develop LIMR discoveries. These organizations include:

BioStrategy Partners (BioSP)

BioStrategy Partners is a virtual life sciences incubator providing technology and business development services to start-up and emerging-stage life sciences companies and university-based research projects in the Greater Philadelphia region. They specialize in offering business guidance and support to first-time entrepreneurs, scientific founders, and university-based principal investigators helping them reach the next level of development or commercialization. Their network of expert volunteers, partners and service providers offers business and technical assistance on a reduced-fee or deferred-compensation basis.

Biolaunch 611+ KIZ 

In 2004, Governor Edward Rendell created the KIZ program to encourage new start-up businesses, groundbreaking technologies, and new jobs in the life sciences and technology industries in Pennsylvania. In July 2006, the BioLaunch 611+ KIZ was created through a partnership of 11 organizations that include LIMR, BioStrategy Partners, Bucks County Community College, Citizens Bank, CresaPartners, Fox Chase Cancer Center, La Salle University, Montgomery County Community College, Montgomery County Industrial Development Corporation, Salus University, and Temple University. The BioLaunch 611+ KIZ is focused on helping early-stage life sciences companies, located within the region of Bucks and Montgomery Counties south of Route 202 and Philadelphia County north of Girard Avenue, grow to their next level of corporate development.

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 

AUTM is a global network of members from more than 350 universities, research institutions, teaching hospitals and government agencies, as well as hundreds of companies involved with managing and licensing innovations derived from academic and nonprofit research. Founded in 1974 as the Society of University Patent Administrators, AUTM has grown and now provides professional development and networking opportunities for technology transfer professionals at all career levels and from established and newly forming organizations worldwide. AUTM provides numerous resources for members, including survey reports, professional development courses, a comprehensive training manual, peer-reviewed journal and a worldwide community of peers with expertise in all areas of intellectual property management.


U.S. federal law mandates that all recipients of federal grants or contracts report details of inventions and patents that have been made through such awards. In 1995, the National Institutes of Health developed an online Extramural Invention Information Management System, Edison. The system was named for the prolific American inventor Thomas Alva Edison. It became the first Web-based electronic system in the government to support administrative requirements. In 1997, with the addition of the NSF and USAID, came the introduction of Interagency Edison (iEdison). Through the iEdison single-user interface, inventions supported by any of these three agencies could be reported.

CEO Council for Growth

The CEO Council for Growth is a group of prominent business executives committed to Greater Philadelphia’s growth and prosperity. Through high-impact initiatives that lead to high-wage jobs, new business opportunities, and wealth creation, the CEO Council offers a focused, consistent and invigorating approach that sets the regional growth agenda. The CEO Council brings together top business executives from the region to set and implement an economic development agenda that creates growth in the region and nurtures collaboration among the many economic development interests.

Pennsylvania BIO 

Pennsylvania is home to the continuum of the biosciences - world-class basic research, emerging companies, mature industry and global pharmaceuticals. Through Pennsylvania Bio these organizations interact to create a unique and vibrant community. It is through the interactivity of this continuum that bioscience companies are spawned, are able to attract experienced managers and a talented workforce, and are able to grow and partner for advancement. Their mission is to be the catalyst to ensure Pennsylvania is a global leader in biosciences by developing a cohesive community that unites the region's biotechnology, pharmaceutical, research and financial strengths.

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George C. Prendergast, PhD
President, CEO and Professor

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