Food Diagnostic Company Invisible Sentinel Expands Operation

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Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey will tout the company's growth and regional commitment.

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Invisible Sentinel, a startup at the University City Science Center, announces its company expansion on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. in Quorum at 3711 Market St., 8th Floor. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. will deliver a keynote speech to celebrate Invisible Sentinel’s seven years of sustained growth.

Invisible Sentinel plans to keep all 18 of its jobs in Philadelphia, as it moves out of the Port incubator into larger dedicated office and lab space at 3711 Market St.

Invisible Sentinel is the fifth company since 2009 to move out of the Port and remain on the Science Center’s campus. Other Port companies that have remained on campus include Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Integral Molecular, Pulsar Informatics and OptoFluidics. Together, the five graduate companies account for 195 jobs in Philadelphia.

“We are delighted to welcome Invisible Sentinel to the ranks of the Science Center graduates who remain on our campus,” says Science Center President & CEO Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA. “These companies have demonstrated a commitment to the Science Center and to the City of Philadelphia. Not only are they creating jobs, but they are ensuring that our region’s vibrant tradition of innovation and discovery continues and thrives.”

Since it was founded in 1963, more than 350 companies, including SEI Investments, Centocor and Bentley Systems, have “graduated” from the Science Center. The 93 that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region account for more than 15,000 direct jobs and contribute more than $9 billion to the annual regional economy.

Sen. Toomey has been an advocate for Invisible Sentinel since the company’s early days, as the important work has netted jobs for the Greater Philadelphia region.

Invisible Sentinel, which has developed a rapid diagnostic for food contamination, is also celebrating the launch of its Veriflow™ technology.

Ben Pascal, the company’s chief business officer, and Nicholas Siciliano, the chief executive officer, founded Invisible Sentinel to prevent major bacterial outbreaks and ensure safe food distribution networks. Contaminated food sickens about 48 million people in the United States annually, while industry-wide revenue streams are crippled to the tune of $152 billion.

“We’re excited to be celebrating the commercialization of our Veriflow product suite for food pathogen detection and the expansion of our company here at the Science Center,” says Pascal. “The Science Center has been an invaluable partner and has actively contributed to our extraordinary growth throughout the years. We look forward to building-out a first class facility here and creating jobs in a community that has helped us flourish.”

About Invisible Sentinel
Based in Philadelphia at the University City Science Center, Invisible Sentinel develops diagnostic technologies for a safer food supply. The company’s focus is on developing rapid diagnostics that quickly provide accurate information about the presence of harmful pathogens. The first-in-class patented technology, produced under good manufacturing practices, provides the same data as the U.S. Department of Agriculture reference methods but minimizes the time, reduces the cost, and lowers the overhead associated with conventional diagnostics. The food industry is the first market that the company is targeting, but its platform technology has the potential to provide valuable tools for additional industries including healthcare, veterinary, biodefense, and environmental testing, where rapid detection of target analytes from unrefined samples is critical. Uniquely designed for easy, practical use—on-site and throughout the entire food distribution network—Invisible Sentinel’s proprietary diagnostic products promise to create a new standard for rigorous quality control.

About the Science Center
The University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. Its Port facility provides business incubation, programming, lab and office facilities and support services for entrepreneurs, startups, growing and established companies. The Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Since it was founded in 1963, graduate organizations and current residents of the Port business incubator have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. The Science Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. For more information, visit


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