University City: Invisible Sentinel Celebrates its Expansion Within the Science Center

Chris Laing (left), Vice President of Science and Technology conversed with Ken Blink (right), Member of Science Center after a business meeting.]

Invisible Sentinel, a startup company based out of the Science Center in University City, announced its company expansion this fall.

Invisible Sentinel develops diagnostic technologies for a safer food supply. Its focus is on developing rapid diagnostics that quickly provide accurate information about the presence of harmful pathogens. The company currently has 18 employees in Philadelphia and plans to keep all of them as it moves out of the port into a larger office and lab space at 3711 Market Street.

“They’ve done exactly what we’re looking for our incubator companies to do,” said Science Center VP of Marketing Communications, Jeanne Mell. “They started with a couple of employees, they’ve grown, taken more and more space and now they’ve outgrown the space of the incubator.”

Invisible Sentinel is the fifth company since 2009 to move out of the port and remain on the Science Center’s campus. Since the Science Center was founded in 1963, about 350 companies have been incubated there. Of those, around 90 remain in the Greater Philadelphia region.

In March, Invisible Sentinel will move into their new full corporate headquarters, which will allow them to triple their size in Philadelphia and create 20 jobs over the next two years.

“We have a lot of really good regional customers in this area as well so that’s been something that’s helped us out. The region support us in this biological technology,” said Benjamin Pascal, Invisible Sentinel’s Chief Business Officer.



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