Greater Philadelphia’s World-Renowned Life Sciences Cluster Attracts Talent from Near and Far

There are many factors to consider when deciding on a location to live and work – cost of living, quality of life, and access to opportunity are just a few.

Rankings, statistics, and reports on leading economic indicators point to the Greater Philadelphia region as meeting the criteria as a top-tier, globally-connected, and collaborative place to do business, especially for individuals with life sciences careers.

But beyond comprehensive data, there’s value in hearing corroborative experiences from Greater Philadelphians who […]

Discovery Starts with Iovance’s Iyana Pearson

Lifelong Philadelphian Iyana Pearson loves cheering on Philadelphia’s sports teams, exploring the region’s nationally recognized food scene, and helping others through her work. Whether as a dialysis tech or a home health aide, being able to make a difference in people’s lives is a part of Pearson’s moral code. What she didn’t know was that she would end up taking this ambition to Iovance to work with cutting-edge cell therapies.

Pearson is a graduate of the first cohort of the Biomedical Technician Training Program (BTT) program, […]

Messenger RNA (mRNA) Discovery Earns Penn Pioneers the Nobel Prize

Discovery Starts Here! On October 2, 2023, The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Katalin Karikó, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of Neurosurgery at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, and Drew Weissman, MD, Ph.D., the Roberts Family Professor of Vaccine Research at the Perelman School of Medicine, recognizing their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. You can read the official announcement here.

In its announcement, Chamber member Penn Medicine […]

Discovery Starts with WuXi Advanced Therapies’ Keith Runes

When Dubai native Keith Runes was 18 years old, he moved to the United States from the United Arab Emirates to study bioengineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and he hasn’t left the East Coast since.

Runes always knew that he wanted to enter the medical field, and his time at Lehigh allowed him to see what different paths his career could take. 

“I went to school for my bachelor’s in bioengineering, specifically mechanical engineering,” said Runes. “So think along the lines of making prosthetics for patients – I was interested in that aspect of […]

GenVault Serves Region with Safe, Secure Biorepository for Life Sciences Community

Biological material, GXP supplies, cell and gene therapy cell lines, finished drug products, vaccines, and high-value equipment for academic research institutes, pharma companies, the biotech industry, and government are all part of what GenVault stores onsite. GenVault is one of the nation’s largest and most secure biorepositories, making its home in Greater Philadelphia.

The innovative company is providing a valued resource for the region’s biotechnology community and laboratories across the country with its state-of-the-art facility and sample management program. In addition, GenVault Transportation (GTS) makes it easier to move freezers, at temperature, across town or across the country. These assets, which […]

SAPA-GP Fosters Collaboration and Career Development in Pharma, Biotech, and Cell and Gene Therapy

With more than 4,000 members, the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA-GP) facilitates scientific and business cooperation and nurtures career development in the region’s pharmaceutical sciences and biotechnology sectors. The international all-volunteer nonprofit organization has been involved in this work for over two decades, supporting greater Philadelphia’s biopharma industry with conferences, forums, mentorship, and career development programs.

For the first time last year, SAPA-GP added the @Philly Cell and Gene Therapy Annual Conference to its offerings, providing a platform to showcase the region’s role in cell, gene, and RNA therapies and connect biotech business […]

WorldUpstart Helps Growing International Companies Land in Greater Philadelphia

International life sciences companies working in cell and gene therapy, biosciences, diagnostics, digital health, medical devices, MedTech, and therapeutics have a partner skilled in helping them expand to Greater Philadelphia and other parts of the United States. WorldUpstart, a Philadelphia-based United States accelerator founded by Karina Sotnik, has already assisted 54 companies from 16 countries with their U.S. expansion plans within the past three years.

“With the grim statistic of only one in four companies making the U.S. expansion, we are literally doubling their odds of success here,” said Sotnik.

Among those WorldUpstart has helped introduce to Greater Philadelphia […]

Discovery Starts with CHOP’s Dr. Caroline Diorio

Toronto native Caroline Diorio, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, was inspired to move from Canada to Philadelphia after one of her patients did to receive cell therapy treatment. 

“I actually had a patient who I cared for as a resident come down to Greater Philadelphia for one of the first CAR-T trials,” said Dr. Diorio. “I did my medical school at the University of Toronto and then my specialty training in pediatrics at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Then I had a patient being treated in Philadelphia with cell therapy, and it hit me […]

GEN News “Fueling Growth through Partnership” Feature Added to the Chamber’s Conference Toolkit

The Greater Philadelphia region’s expertise in talent development, research advancement, and scientific collaboration is the focus of a feature in the February 2023 edition of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN News). The article, “Fueling Growth through Partnership in Greater Philadelphia,” will serve as a new tool for the Chamber’s Business Attraction & Expansion team, who will have it in tow when they attend the World Vaccine Congress in Washington, D.C. (April 3-6, 2023), and CPHI North America, held this year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia (April 25-27, 2023).

For […]

Discovery Starts with BioAnalysis’ Natalya Figueroa

For Natalya Figueroa, a summer science camp, her family, and the desire to see Latinx representation in STEM kick-started her passion for a career in the life sciences.

For this month’s “Discovery Starts with Me” story, we spoke with Figueroa, a Senior Research Associate at BioAnalysis LLC. BioAnalysis LLC is a non-clinical Contract Research Organization (CRO) that partners with labs and organizations whose analytical needs range from R&D to cGMP release stages. Its twenty-person team provides rigorous investigations and recommendations using scientifically in-depth analyses for gene […]

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