Physical Sciences News

What Can Philly Do to Make a Home For Robotics to Flourish? Scenes From ICRA 2022’s Mad Dash

May 27, 2022

On the third day of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, I found myself zipping between drones, autonomous robots and a Tesla Model S to keep up with Vijay Kumar, the University of Pennsylvania’s dean of engineering. The university had put together a tour of sorts for Anne Nadol, the City of Philadelphia’s new […]

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Caterpillar Acquires Tangent Energy Solutions

May 11, 2022

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) has acquired Tangent Energy Solutions, a U.S.-based energy-as-a-service (EaaS) company. Headquartered in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Tangent Energy provides customers with turnkey solutions for reducing energy costs, increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions, monetizing electric grid support and providing resiliency for customer operations. “Tangent Energy has developed a suite of intelligent energy solutions […]

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Thriving Alumni Businesses Succeeded After Finding Support at Temple

April 4, 2022

Bucha Bio and Simply Good Jars want to change the way we dress, design, manufacture and eat. The two companies are pushing the boundaries of biotech and culinary technologies, and they aim to not only improve the lives they touch but to also reduce environmental impacts associated with their industries. The companies have another thing […]

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Meet The Startup Behind The Robot ‘Dogs’ Set To Patrol The Southern Border

February 22, 2022

Jiren Parikh, CEO of Ghost Robotics, dropped out of college to become a back-country skier and ski mountaineer, then wound up selling enterprise software. Today, he runs a Philadelphia-based company making four-legged robot “dogs” for the military and government agencies around the world (allies only), including Singapore, Australia and the U.K., as well as the […]

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‘Shark Tank’ Company Simply Good Jars Strikes Deal with Wawa After Sales Soar 1,200%

February 8, 2022

Simply Good Jars is growing rapidly — its sales, its customer base, its physical footprint and its availability. The Philadelphia startup, which appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank” last March, has seen exponential sales growth of about 1,200% since January 2021, CEO Jared Cannon said. That has allowed his operations to expand and his ambitions to […]

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Philly-Based Robotics Company Burro is Joining John Deere’s Agtech Accelerator

February 2, 2022

When Burro changed its name last year from Augean Robotics, CEO Charlie Andersen said the rebrand fell more in line with iconic agricultural brands that use an animal for their names like Deere and Bobcat. A few months after that name change and a $11 million Series A, Burro will actually be participating in an […]

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The Delco Company Where Corporate America’s Old Phones and Computers go to Die

January 31, 2022

CyberCrunch is totally bent on destruction. Its two plants, in Aston and out west in Greensburg, Pa., are places where familiar electronics from Philadelphia’s biggest employers go to die. More precisely, to be shredded into high-tech confetti that data thieves can’t pillage, then sold to recyclers. The more digitized and data-dependent our working lives become, […]

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CenTrak Acquires Infinite Leap

November 22, 2021

CenTrak Inc., a Halma company, today announces its acquisition of Infinite Leap, a healthcare consulting and services provider for real-time technologies, joining two of the leading forces in Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS). The acquisition expands and strengthens capabilities for CenTrak and its extensive partner ecosystem, helping healthcare organizations improve patient outcomes and substantiate return on […]

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3 Philadelphia Startups Land Six-Figure Investments in PACT’s ‘Lion’s Den’

November 8, 2021

Three Philadelphia-area startups secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in growth capital from The Lion’s Den, a “Shark Tank”-like production hosted by local investors. Dozens of local startup founders, from early-stage companies to fast-growing technology and life sciences firms, pitched their ventures during the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies’ 2021 Capital Conference on Thursday […]

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Burro, formerly Augean Robotics, Raises a Nearly $11M Series A to Scale its Autonomous Robots

September 28, 2021

NextFab-based Burro, formerly known as Augean Robotics, has raised a $10.9 million Series A round of financing a little more than two years after its seed round, the company announced Tuesday. The four-year-old company makes an autonomous, collaborative robot called Burro, which assists in farming labor. And as field labor workforces have shrunk in recent […]

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