New Report Documents Momentum in Greater Philadelphia’s Cell and Gene Therapy Ecosystem

Leading the Way: Cell and Gene Therapy in Greater Philadelphia,” a sector snapshot commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (the Chamber) and conducted by Ninigret Partners LLC, is articulating the momentum in the birthplace of cell and gene therapy, focusing specifically on developments over the last five-plus years. Supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation, the May 2024 report supports and informs community members, talent, policymakers, and practitioners seeking to advance similar sector-specific growth strategies locally, nationally, and internationally.

“Cell and gene therapy discovery began in Philadelphia 25 […]

PA Governor’s Economic Development Strategy Emphasizes Life Sciences Growth

Governor Josh Shapiro’s 10-year state Economic Development Strategy, which he unveiled on January 30, 2024, followed by his 2024-25 Budget Proposal, emphasizes the leading role the life sciences sector will continue to play in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s future and includes investments in economic development, job creation, and innovation.

Created with the Commonwealth’s Department of Community and Economic Development, the strategy, which is available to read in full at, capitalizes on the state’s strengths. The plan specifically emphasizes five defined high-growth, high-value sectors where Pennsylvania already holds a profound competitive advantage and can expect […]

Award-Winning Biotech Training Program to Begin Recruitment with New Employer Partner in Life Sciences

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative and The Wistar Institute are collaborating once again with support from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to bring their award-winning expansion of Wistar’s Biomedical Technician Training Program to a new partner, VintaBio, Inc. This workforce development training will support the talent needs of the rapidly growing cell and gene therapy manufacturing organization.

In the spring of 2023, VintaBio emerged from stealth with its newly appointed CEO, Dr. David Radspinner, $64 million in funding, and a purpose-built gene therapy manufacturing facility in The Navy Yard. Building on this success, […]

Award-Winning Biotech Training Program Partners Announce VintaBio for Third Cohort

In an effort to bolster the life sciences talent pool and provide Philadelphians with equitable access to meaningful career opportunities, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and The Wistar Institute are collaborating once again with support from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (the Chamber) to bring their award-winning expansion of Wistar’s Biomedical Technician Training Program to a new partner, VintaBio, Inc.

The collaborators launched the pilot Biomedical Technician Training Program cohort in the summer of 2022 with […]

The Chamber’s Annual Meeting Emphasizes Strategic Priorities for the Region

More than 1,200 attendees gathered at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 31, 2023, for the Chamber’s 223rd Annual Meeting, one of the region’s largest gatherings of executives, elected officials, business owners, and civic leaders. The message from the Chamber’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Chellie Cameron, was clear, “The Chamber intends to make a bigger impact than ever before.”

Together with Chamber Board Members Gregory Deavens, President and Chief Executive Officer, Independence Health Group, parent company of the event’s Title Sponsor, Independence Blue Cross, and Mike Innocenzo, President […]

Airport Improvements Support Region’s Life Sciences Ecosystem

Improvements at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), including Bristol Group, Inc.’s new PHL Cool Port cargo facility, and other innovations, support the region’s life sciences ecosystem and cell and gene therapy hub. The projects were the subject of a recent Chamber event, “State of Aviation: Developments and Opportunities,” which gathered business executives on October 10, 2023, at the Philadelphia offices of CYTO | PHL, a life sciences community space in The Cira Centre, for a discussion with aviation leaders.

The program amplified the […]

Charles River Opens CRADL® Philadelphia to Support Research and Discovery


Charles River Laboratories, a leading drug discovery and non-clinical development company, will open a new Charles River Accelerator and Development Lab (CRADL®) location in Philadelphia’s One uCity Square in October 2023. The company’s expansion will provide research support to the region’s life sciences community to facilitate their early drug discovery and preclinical in vivo research.

CRADL® Philadelphia’s grand opening will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at One uCity Square. Charles River is inviting researchers in biotech, academia, and pharma, and the professionals, incubators, and organizations who support their progress to tour the […]

Award-Winning Biotech Training Program to Begin Second Recruitment

The Wistar Institute, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Iovance Biotherapeutics, PIDC, and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Launch Second Recruitment for the Award-Winning Program on August 22, 2023.

Partners in Greater Philadelphia’s life sciences ecosystem are expanding their commitment to connecting a wider range of Philadelphians, including residents from disadvantaged communities, with career opportunities in the burgeoning biotech industry with the announcement of upcoming recruitment for an award-winning biotech training program.

The launch of recruitment for the second cohort of The “Biomedical Technician Training Program: Aseptic Manufacturing” follows on the heels of the successful implementation of a pilot program that […]

AmerisourceBergen’s New Integration Hub Streamlines the Path-to-Care Process for Cell and Gene Therapy Innovators

Cell and gene therapy developers worldwide have a new source of support in positioning their therapies for success thanks to the launch of the Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT) Integration Hub by Greater Philadelphia-based Chamber member AmerisourceBergen. The global pharmaceutical solutions company, headquartered in Conshohocken, Pa., announced its CGT Integration Hub on April 24, 2023. The platform-agnostic system, powered by the company’s customer relationship management system, aims to improve connectivity across the cell and gene therapy treatment journey by streamlining the path-to-care process to enable an enhanced patient and provider experience.

Specifically, AmerisourceBergen’s CGT Integration […]

Greater Philadelphia Continues to Launch Innovative Workforce Solutions

Last August, the Chamber was pleased to partner with the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), The Wistar Institute, PIDC, and Philadelphia Works on a pilot project to offer innovative workforce solutions for the region’s life sciences industry. Together the collaborators launched a first-of-its-kind Biomedical Technician Training Program: Aseptic Manufacturing, with Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc., a late-stage biotechnology company developing novel T cell-based cancer immunotherapies, as the program’s first employer partner. The program’s successful design and implementation have led to a second cohort – an innovative workforce […]

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