Ralph Muller, Philadelphia Business Journal, Health Care Innovations

Ralph Muller, Philadelphia Business Journal, Health Care Innovations

Philadelphia is emerging as a significant center of health care-related innovation, according to a Philadelphia Business Journal article co-authored by University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO and LDI Senior Fellow Ralph Muller.

In the piece, Muller details Penn's two-year-old innovation development partnership with Independence Blue Cross and the DreamIt Ventures health care accelerator the partnership created.

Muller cited DreamIt's Biomeme startup that has developed a smartphone-based diagnostic device that, he said, has "the accuracy of a large, clinical lab, but delivered in minutes instead of days at one tenth the traditional cost."

He said the device can effectively identify pathogens including sexually transmitted infections and even bioweapons like anthrax.