The Science Center is dedicated to helping innovators and entrepreneurs bring world-changing technologies to market. It is our vision to fuel and support discoveries that solve problems for the entire world, inspire and connect the next generation of scientists, and establish Philadelphia as a global innovation city.

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Annual Message
Letter from the Chairman and the Interim President
Letter from the Chairman and the Interim President

Change is a constant in the world of innovation. And just like the entrepreneurs and innovators the Science Center supports, we are constantly pivoting.

Over the past year, we have bid farewell to President and CEO Stephen Tang, launched a national search for his successor, developed and strengthened our partnerships with regional organizations, watched steel rise for our new headquarters, and prepared for the expansion of our Quorum and FirstHand programs.

Iteration at the Science Center continues as we prepare to move into 3675 Market Street and start a new chapter in the Science Center’s history."

Iteration at the Science Center continues as we prepare to move into 3675 Market Street and start a new chapter in the Science Center’s history."

Throughout, one principle has remained constant: The Science Center’s commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and discovery. The stories and statistics you will find in this Annual Review illustrate that commitment along with our ability to adapt to changing market needs. As you scroll through the report, you will read the narratives of the people who are inventing the future, supported by quantifiable statistics.

Iteration at the Science Center continues as we prepare to move into 3675 Market Street in uCity Square and start a new chapter in the Science Center’s history. For 55 years, we have pioneered the concept of business incubation. Now, we are moving to the next level by sharpening our focus on the people and ideas who are collectively shaping the future, and amplifying our technology commercialization and business acceleration programming. In addition, through FirstHand and our new workforce development initiative, we are providing new pathways for local residents to engage with STEM subjects and obtain good-paying jobs in STEM fields.

Thanks to our strong foundation and a clear path forward, we are well positioned to build on these changes and welcome the future benefits they will bring to the Science Center – and Philadelphia’s thriving innovation ecosystem. We are eager to leverage our accomplishments and strengths to help grow our economy and region.

Curtis M. Hess Interim President & CEO
Curtis M. Hess
Interim President & CEO
University City Science Center
Craig R. Carnaroli Board Chairman
Craig R. Carnaroli
Chairman of the Board
University City Science Center