TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Livestreamed from Quorum
Nucleus convenes the region’s leaders, innovators,
groundbreakers and champion networkers to share a fun
and unique evening that celebrates our 2020
Commercialization, Convening and Cultivation Awardees.
Nucleus 2020: Powered by the Science Center
Join us in celebrating, networking and connecting.
The 2020 Nucleus Awards will honor and celebrate the ecosystem
builders that fuel discovery, demolish barriers, and foster an innovative future.
A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Join an outstanding group of businesses and organizations in showing your support for the Science Center and the Greater Philadelphia innovation ecosystem by emailing Emily Sullivan, Development Manager, at email@example.com or 215-966-6264.
nucleus 2020 awardees
COMMERCIALIZATION | CULTIVATOR | CONVENER
The Nucleus Awards honor and celebrate the ecosystem builders that fuel discovery, demolish barriers and foster an innovative future. The 2020 Nucleus Awards will recognize three honorees across three categories: Commercialization, Convener, Cultivator.
Nucleus Commercialization Award 2020, sponsored by NewSpring
Benjamin Doranz, President and CEO of Integral Molecular
Ben Doranz is President and CEO of Integral Molecular. Founded in 2001 at the Science Center and current uCity Square resident, Integral Molecular is a founding member of the Philadelphia biotech community with a history of excellence in antibody discovery for difficult to treat diseases and research in emerging viruses. In 2020 Integral Molecular rapidly pivoted its research and development programs in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from the National Institute of Health and a team of talented scientists, Integral Molecular rapidly adapted many of its platform technologies to launch a suite of research solutions to accelerate the development of SARS-CoV-2 therapeutics. These include Reporter Virus Particles (RVPs) to test for the presence of neutralizing antibodies in vaccines and technologies to assess the breadth of human immune responses against this virus.
Dr. Doranz co-founded Integral Molecular together with colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania using virus-based technologies. He has led all aspects of the company’s growth since its inception, bringing five different technologies from research to market. His efforts have cultivated a company that is profitable while being actively engaged with the local community. Dr. Doranz is an established life science entrepreneur previously responsible for helping create startups at the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Doranz earned a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Cornell University.
Nucleus Convener Award 2020, co-sponsored by PFM and TriState Capital
Aurora Archer, Co-Founder of The Bellatrix Group and Opt-In Podcast
Aurora Archer is a digital marketing executive who has spent the last 25 years delivering business impact across the technology, retail, publishing, and healthcare industries via award-winning brand campaigns, breakthrough marketing strategies, and digital transformation initiatives. Ms. Archer co-founded the Bellatrix Group in 2018, bringing her diverse skill sets and passion to enable health and wellness clients to create meaningful disruption by bringing a human-centered approach, creating engaging experiences that truly serve the audience while delivering bold commercial growth. She led the first team to win a Cannes Lions Grand Prix for a healthcare campaign in 2015. Ms. Archer was recognized for Leadership in Technology by the Association for Women in Computing, and has been the subject of a cover story in Working Mother magazine. She sits on the boards of Outcome Health and Philly Start-Up Leaders.
Additionally, Ms. Archer co-hosts The Opt-In, a weekly podcast of two unlikely best friends from sharply different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds using the power of love and friendship to transform our culture one uncomfortable conversation at a time.
Ms. Archer holds a B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband of 22 years, their two children, her feisty 92-year-old mother, and two unruly (but lovable) dogs.
Nucleus Cultivator Award 2020, sponsored by Wexford Science + Technology & Ventas, Inc.
Sylvester Mobley, Founder and CEO of Coded by Kids
Sylvester Mobley is the founder and CEO of youth tech education nonprofit, Coded by Kids (CbK). Through CbK, Mr. Mobley works to increase access to tech education opportunities for those who are underrepresented in tech, especially children of color, so that every child has the support and resources to become part of the next generation of tech and innovation leaders.
Under Mr. Mobley’s leadership, CbK has grown from serving fewer than 15 children in one Philadelphia area recreation center to more than 500 students per week in schools and community centers in three states. Mr. Mobley has received awards for his work from several organizations including Philadelphia City Council, The Philadelphia Business Journal, and the Philadelphia 76ers. He is also a recipient of the Philadelphia Award.
Mr. Mobley is a veteran of the war in Iraq, with 12 years of military service. He is a graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business.