PHILADELPHIA – A new multi-institutional proof-of-concept center in five months will begin soliciting the first of three rounds of formal proposals from researchers in the Philadelphia region seeking pre-seed funding to help commercialize their life-science technologies, a key organizer of the effort told reporters last week.

The proof-of-concept center will award up to $200,000 over 12 months that will be matched by the institutions contributing the technology, and this city's University City Science Center.

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