News in Brief

Gene Therapy Firm on Walnut

Genovo, a gene therapy company founded by Dr. James M. Wilson of the School of Medicine with partner and CEO Marann Grossman in 1992, has bought from the University the old Hajoca Building at 3025 Walnut Street, to establish the company's headquarters in West Philadelphia.

The company will have priority on commercializing gene therapy discoveries of the Institute for Human Gene Therapy directed by Dr. Wilson, who is the John Herr Musser Professor at the School of Medicine and professor and chair of molecular and cellular engineering.

The Hajoca building, bought by the University in 1988 for $1.9 million, has housed miscellaneous units over the years, frequently as "swing space" during renovations and constructions.

Genovo bought the property for $1.45 million plus a deferred maintenance credit of $450,000, according to Executive Vice President John Fry.

New Research Foundation Guidelines

Guidelines for application to the University's internally-funded Research Foundation have been revised.They will be published by Vice Provost for Research Ralph Amado in the coming issue of Almanac (October 1, 1996).

Faculty/Staff Appreciation: October 19

The President, Provost and Executive Vice Presidents invite faculty and staff to attend a celebration in their honorFaculty/Staff Appreciation Day will be held on Saturday, October 19.

Events are free for the faculty and staff and tickets are $2 each for family and friends. A brochure will be sent out this week with all the details concerning the day's schedule and how to obtain tickets.

This year's event will include a picnic lunch, the Penn/Lehigh football game, entertainment by the Glee Club, clowns and face painting; health screenings and information; the Ghosts, Goblins and Graveyards at the University Museum.

(Details in a future issue.)

In Memory of Barbara Jordan

Penn's September 26 celebration of the life of the late Barbara Jordan (right),
begun by a bipartisan team of women interested in the late Senator's
message of inclusiveness in American political processes, has now gathered,
among its sponsors, the office s of the Provost, VPUL, African American
Resource Center, Penn Women's Center, and student groups including the
Greenfield Center. The program, which includes reminiscences by Penn
people who knew her as leader or as scholar, and and excerpts from some
of the major addresses given by Senator , is open to the University and the
community, 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Room 110 of the Annenberg School.


Volume 43 Number 5
September 24, 1996

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