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The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) hosted a holiday party for members and guests
Photo #1: IBA member Tom Streeper and David Huting

Photo #2: IBA president Rich Horrow and Tiffany Tavarez, PECO Corporate Relations

Photo #3: IBA executive director Zachary Wilcha, Joe Lupo, SVP of Operations for the Borgata and Rich Horrow, IBA President

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Cross Properties announced its newest cutting-edge and innovative student housing building, Good Food Flats, is set to open for the fall 016 semester on Drexel University’s campus. This is the first modular building of its kind in Philadelphia, integrating food, health and wellbeing into their living environment. Good Food Flat’s student residents will integrate both learning and living environments through access to many unique features, including a pop-up restaurant/entrepreneur incubator space and a food lab. Residents can take advantage of dedicated urban garden spaces on the roof and backyard of the building to grow their own fruits and vegetables. In addition, amenities like study lounges, a 24-hour fitness center, and WiFi and cable will be included.

The newest residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubator are developing the next generation of health care and technology solutions:

• Spun out of MIT with IP licensed from Thomas Jefferson University, Immunome is a biotechnology company with a growing pipeline of cancer immunotherapy candidates designed to work by stimulating the body’s immune system.

• Originally established in Los Angeles by a Drexel alumnus, Orange Maker is formulating advanced materials for professional grade 3D printing applications, which enable continuous high-resolution printing, rather than the traditional layer-by-layer approach.

• Keosys Medical Imaging, a graduate of the Science Center’s Digital Health Accelerator, provides innovative medical imaging solutions for multisite clinical trials and telemedicine.

• ConquerAb is addressing undesirable immune responses to protein-based therapies, offering consulting services and a proprietary technology platform, with medical device development opportunities.

Villanova University School of Law will be renamed after a local investment manager donated $25 million to help fund scholarships, endow new professors and enhance curriculum. Charles Widger, a 1973 graduate of Villanova Law and founder and chairman of Brinker Capital of Berwyn, Pa., donated $25 million to the school, the second largest gift in the university’s history. The school will be immediately known as the Charles Widger School of Law. Widger has been on the law school’s board of consultors since 2005 and served as chairman between 2013 and 2015.

BB&T Corp plans to close on acquisition of Allentown-based National Penn Bancshares around April 1, following recent regulatory approval of the $1.8 billion deal by the Federal Reserve and FDIC. The deal is moving ahead of the timetable of next summer

Published (and copyrighted) in Philly Biz, Volume 1, Issue 2 (January, 2016).
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