PolyAurum Selected as one of 34 Presenting Companies for Angel Venture Fair

The 19th annual Angel Venture Fair takes place at the Union League on Friday, May 5th.  The AVF features 34 companies from a cross section of industries.  There are 24 non-university and 10 student companies.  The companies that have recently participated in AVF have raised almost $4.5 million. History has shown that in past Angel Venture Fairs going back to 2004, upwards of 78 percent of companies that have gone through the AVF process received funding as a result of their participation. Since 2004, we have been able to track and account that a total or more than $16 million has been raised for AVF companies. We think that is much higher since many of the companies and or investors have no obligation to supply us with their data.


  • AnaOno, LLC (Phila, Pa)-Provides apparel for women who have had a mastectomy.
  • AerO2Max (Phila, Pa)-A revolutionary smart training system for performance athletes.  Real-time respiratory analytics empower you to train to the targets that matter.
  • D3UC (Newark, NJ)- Offers a White Label, Cloud-based Phone & UC service exclusively for technology VARs and MSPs serving SMBs with profit margins of 50% to 100%.
  • Fischer Block, Inc. (West Chester, Pa)- Improving energy reliability with loT connected devices and big data analytics.
  • FLAG Therapeutics, Inc. (Raleigh, NC)- An oncology company developing dual-acting small molecules company with dual-acting small molecules that seek out tumors (and not normal cells) and cause tumor cell death.
  • Imago Systems, Inc. (Summit, NJ)- Software that assists medical professionals to better interpret grey-scale images by visualizing and characterizing X-rays, ultrasounds, MRI’s, CTs & Pet scans.
  • Indigo Biosciences, Inc., (State College, Pa)- Has the world’s largest portfolio of nuclear receptor assay kits and screening services.
  • iSport360, Inc., (Manalapan Township, NJ)- A mobile platform that helps youth sport coaches, players and parents share objective player feedback throughout the sports season.
  • Jefferson’s List (Phila, Pa)- A platform to connect people who want to run for office political consultants and operatives.
  • Noleuderm, (Phila, Pa)- A patented compound found in black pepper, delivered topically in combination with UV Phototherapy, to increase the treatment prognosis for those affected by
  • OrthoForge (Phila, Pa)- A technology that combines real time healing data and patient compliance monitoring with bone growth stimulation.
  • OrthogenRx (Doylestown, Pa)-OrthogenRx is a late stage development/marketing company developing orthopedic Class III devices at lower cost, efficient operations and competitive pricing.
  • PittMoss (Ambridge, Pa)- a recycled/upcycled engineered fiber that replaces peat moss and grows pants better than  existing growing media while having  many alternative uses.
  • PledgeCents (Phila, Pa)- Social impact marketplace that allows EdTech ventures to turn their free users into paying customers by leveraging our crowdfunding solution.
  • Polyaurum, LLC, (Phila, Pa)- A pre-clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing biodegradable gold nanoparticles (BGNP) for diagnostic and therapeutic indications including cancer.
  • QuantaCool Corp (Glen Mills, Pa)- No pumps or water environmentally friendly passive two-phase cooling systems for data center and high performance computers.
  • Red Queen Gaming, LLC (Phila, Pa)- Red Queen enables gamers to build the next generation of gameplay tools.
  • Reflik, (Franklin Township, NJ)- Finds top candidates in half the time and for half the cost, through its extensive network of recruiters and industry professionals.
  • RistCall, LLC (Phila, Pa)- Helps hospitals & nursing homes in providing better patient nurse communication using smart watches.
  • Untethered Labs, Inc. (College Park, MD)- Develop wearable tech for authentication and security in companies.
  • Verif-y (Phila, Pa)- A platform that removes the long, expensive, mistake and fraud prone process of traditional background check, allowing employers to immediately know the
  • Waterless Works (Phila, Pa)- A waterless Works is a mobile waterless car washing company.
  • Wounds A.I. (Phila, Pa)- Builds decisions support tools for wound care clinicians powered by computer vision and machine learning.
  • XeroThera (Bryn Mawr, Pa)- Focused on orthopedic and resistant infections.  It is not a drug, but a biomaterial.
  • EdinLabs (Phila, Pa)Making piloting in K-12 easy by connecting EdTech companies directly to a large, active user base of teaches.
  • E-Health Now (Wilmington, DE)- An integrated platform that provides highly quality personalized on-demand primary care service.
  • GamePlan (Phila, Pa)- A mobile app, helps make stress-free decisions on where to eat and drink with a focus on collaborative group decisions.
  • Group K (Phila, Pa)- Create diagnostics to provide vital healthcare to low resource settings and developing countries, while decreasing cost and wait time of current diagnostics.
  • Kinetic Buildings (Phila, Pa)- Simplifies the process of saving energy and reducing operational costs in commercial buildings.
  • NeuroFlow (Phila, Pa)- An FDA cleared software that analyzes biometric data, providing clinicians with an objective tool to improve diagnosis and monitor treatment.
  • Orai (Phila, Pa)- An early-stage B2C SaaS startup that uses artificial intelligence to help you speak more confidently, clearly and effectively.
  • Philly Frites (Ithaca, NY)- First stand-alone, franchisable, premium retail fry establishment
  • Pinpointer (Phila, Pa)- Connects 4 billion people worldwide living without a home address to the global e-commerce market.
  • Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel (Newark, DE)- Offers wearable therapeutic products that use vibration technology to help alleviate pain.

PolyAurum  Selected as a Featured Company at IMPACT 2016 Capital Conference

Philadelphia, PA, October 28, 2016 – PolyAurum  today announced it will present at the IMPACT 2016 Capital Conference on November 30.  Hosted by Grant Thornton and Presented by the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), the IMPACT Capital Conference unites the private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial communities in the Mid-Atlantic region.  For over 20 years, IMPACT has stimulated billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success.

We are thrilled to have been selected from 165 applicants as one of the featured companies presenting at  this very important investor conference, said Debra Travers, President and CEO of PolyAurum.  The exposure that start-ups like PolyAurum get to investors and the coaching provided is invaluable.  The likelihood of having your technology’s value proposition resonate with an investor is greatly increased when you get this many investors at one conference.

PolyAurum is a preclinical stage biotech startup spun out of the University of Pennsylvania  to develop biodegradable gold nanoparticles for treating cancer.  Of the 1.7 million Americans diagnosed with cancer every year, half of them get radiation therapy.  But for certain locally advanced tumors there is a high rate of therapy failures which leads to disease progression and death for those patients. For example, the average survival for a patient with glioblastoma – a deadly form of brain cancer – is a little over a year post treatment.  That’s because you can’t push the dose of radiation high enough to kill the tumor without significant damage to the healthy parts of the brain.  Our biodegradable gold nanoparticles localize selectively in the tumor and amplify the effect of radiation therapy only in the tumor, allowing a radiation oncologist to more effectively destroy the cancer cells without increasing damage to healthy tissue.  “In animal models of cancer, we’ve seen  doubling of survival, and in some cases disappearance of the tumor when our gold nanoparticles are given with radiation therapy versus those given radiation therapy alone.  Now we need to show that these results can be duplicated in human patients,” said Travers.

45 Entrepreneurial Companies total will pitch their innovations live in front of investors, professional advisors and key decision makers on November 30. During the pitching hours, the featured companies will receive direct feedback (aka: Direct IMPACT) with hopes to take home funding, gain experience and make lasting business connections. Additionally, each company will vie to enter the IMPACT Lion’s Den for a chance to receive funding in real time from a panel of accomplished investors. For more information on IMPACT 2016 Capital Conference, please visit

 History of IMPACT
The IMPACT Capital Conference has a long tradition of uniting key players from the private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurial communities. This day-and-a-half event offers both sponsors and attendees access to emerging companies from the Mid-Atlantic region. As the oldest and most established venture conference in the Northeast, IMPACT draws more than 1,000 participants. It stands as the catalyst for billions of dollars in venture funding and entrepreneurial success in the region.

 About Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)
Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)’s vision is to be the go-to resource for fast growing companies, and a driver of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philadelphia region. PACT provides its members with valuable content and connections to capital, coaching, and customers that will accelerate their growth and success, and to collaborate with other organizations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. Visit for more information.

For more information about PolyAurum, contact Debra Travers at or visit our website at:


September 16, 2016 PolyAurum Participates in Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures Fall Forum

PolyAurum was one of 12 companies selected to participate in the fall session of Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures Forum.  Companies apply, go through a rigorous screening process and, if selected, get valuable coaching and an opportunity for a 15 minute pitch in a room full of investors.  “The experience was invaluable,” said Debra Travers, President and CEO of PolyAurum.  “The feedback we got from the coaches and screening committee was great and really helped us hone our presentation and feel prepared for investor questions.”

Each company was allowed to set up a display at the Forum where they could engage one-on-one with investors and answer questions that could not be answered during the brief Q&A after each presentation. “The Forum really allowed us to present the company and it’s technology – biodegradable gold nanoparticles for treating cancer – to a broad group of investors and those initial conversations are leading to follow-up with a number of them,” said Travers.

PolyAurum Wins Mid Atlantic Bio Angels 1st Pitch Life Science Philadelphia Competition Developer of Biodegradable Gold Nanoparticles for Cancer Treatment Named as “Best in Show”

September 28, 2016 08:30 ET | Source: Mid Atlantic Bio Angels

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mid Atlantic Bio Angels (MABA) announces today that PolyAurum ( was chosen as “Best in Show” at MABA’s Philadelphia 1st Pitch Life Science event, which took place at the Cira Center on September 15, 2016.  PolyAurum is a preclinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of biodegradable gold nanoparticles (BGNPs) for the treatment of cancer.

PolyAurum was spun out of the University of Pennsylvania as an UPstart company through the Penn Center for Innovation.  The technology is a result of a collaboration between the university’s Schools of Medicine and Engineering. PolyAurum’s BGNPs accumulate selectively in the tumor and not in the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. When radiation therapy is applied, the gold amplifies the effect, giving a better kill of tumor cells without increasing damage to healthy tissue.  The company has already seen impressive results in an animal model of glioblastoma – a very difficult-to-treat brain cancer with average survival of about one year post diagnosis.  Weekly injections of the company’s BGNPs given with radiation therapy has the potential to increase cancer-free survival, shorten duration of therapy and improve patient quality of life for cancer patients.

“The recognition we have received from Mid Atlantic Bio Angels validates our business approach as well as confirming the potential value of the data we have generated to date,” said Debra S. Travers, president and CEO of PolyAurum, Inc.  “Until we can prevent cancer, we have to do everything we can to cure it.  This technology adds another weapon in the fight against this horrible disease that affects one in three people in the United States, and we are pleased to have had the opportunity to demonstrate our dedication and technology in the 1st Pitch Life Sciences event.”

Bernard Rudnick, co-founder of MABA and principal at CapGenic Advisors LLC: “We found the company and its management to be more seasoned than typical start-ups and we generally felt that PolyAurum was poised on the cusp of being investment-ready.”

“The company had an experienced manager give a thoroughly professional pitch which clearly showed the nature of the medical issue, the relative simplicity of the proposed solution and the likelihood of uptake by the market,” added Stephen Goodman, co-founder of MABA and a partner at Pryor Cashman LLP.  “They hit all the marks that an early-stage pitch should try for.”

About 1st Pitch Life Science Events

At a 1st Pitch event (, early stage life sciences and healthcare companies make a 15-minute presentation to a panel of experienced life science investors and consultants, followed by a 15-minute audience Q&A. However, where actual investors would then ask the presenting company to leave the room during their subsequent discussion, presenting companies at 1st Pitch are invited to hear the panel constructively critique the company’s presentation, business model and perceived viability in the market.

About MABA

Mid Atlantic Bio Angels ( is a group of active angel investors, which meets in New York City monthly (except July and August) solely to hear from pre-screened early-stage life science companies. MABA members consist of individuals from Delaware to Massachusetts with significant expertise and experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, including former and current corporate executives, doctors and Ph.D. scientists with product development backgrounds, successful medical entrepreneurs and analyst/investors focused on life sciences. MABA’s goal is to create an environment where the depth of investors’ knowledge coupled with the pre-screening of presenting companies enhances the potential for meaningful investment.


Jules Abraham

JQA Partners, Inc.


PolyAurum Technology Featured at ACS Fall Meeting

August 25, 2016
Dr. David Cormode, one of the Founders of PolyAurum presented new data on its gold nanoparticle technology in an invited talk during the ‘Nanomaterials in Biology and Medicine’ session of the American Chemical Society Fall meeting, held in Philadelphia this year from August 21st to 25th. Dr. Cormode described the synthesis of the nanoparticles, how their size and payload can be tuned, their biodegradation and biocompatibility, as well as outlining some of their biomedical applications.

PolyAurum Presents at MedCity Converge Meeting

July 12-13, 2016

PolyAurum was featured in the Startup Showcase at MedCity Converge in Philadelphia on July 12-13.  The company met with numerous investors and service providers during the 2 day meeting and produced a video describing the company that appears on the MedCity website:

Meet 25 of the healthcare entrepreneurs who took part in the CONVERGE Startup Showcase (video)




PolyAurum Presents Gold Nanoparticle Cancer Therapeutic at NYCRIN

June 28, 2016

PolyAurum, LLC was one of 15 companies selected to exhibit at the New York City Regional Innovation Node Venture Showcase.  The 2 day meeting was attended by entrepreneurs, investors and government officials interested in promoting innovation in the Boston-DC corridor.