Discovery Starts with Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing’s Brent Chamberlain

Talent looking to join Greater Philadelphia’s cell and gene therapy hub can hear firsthand from those living and working here about the industry’s opportunities and the region’s quality of life. So far, 11 talent ambassadors have shared their stories as part of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s “Discovery Starts with Me” series.

For our latest “Discovery Starts with Me” story, we sat down with Brent Chamberlain, Associate Director of Cell and Gene Therapy at the Jefferson Institute of Bioprocessing (JIB). JIB is a full-service development and training organization specializing in biopharmaceuticals and biologics. JIB offers […]

Comparative Study Ranks Philadelphia Region #2 Among 14 Cell and Gene Therapy Hubs

In a newly released study comparing 14 U.S. cell and gene therapy hubs in five key categories, the Philadelphia region ranks #2 among U.S. locations. Commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and researched by economic consulting firm Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI), the study compares cell and gene therapy hubs in research infrastructure, human capital, innovation output, commercial activity, and value proposition. The only region ranked higher overall than Philadelphia was Boston. New York and San Francisco were ranked #3 and #4, respectively.

“The Philadelphia region is increasingly attracting new […]

Video Series, Job Search Tool, and Career Event Support Life Sciences Talent Growth

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s “Discovery Starts with Me” series was created to support the attraction, retention, and development of life sciences talent within Greater Philadelphia. Through a series of short videos and testimonial quotes shared on LinkedIn and Twitter, talent ambassadors from the region’s research institutions, cell and gene therapy companies, and contract manufacturing organizations are telling their stories about what led them to Greater Philadelphia, the impact they are making in their work, and what they enjoy about the region’s quality of life.

Dr. Kobby Essien, Director of New Product Planning at Adaptimmune, and Dr. Lindsey A. […]

Animation Illustrates Region’s Connected CGT Startup Ecosystem

Greater Philadelphia has a new tool to tell the story of collaboration and connectivity in the region’s hub for cell and gene therapy. Titled Greater Philadelphia: Discovery Starts Here,” the 90-second video animation shares a snapshot of several of the region’s world-class research institutions and a number of the cell and gene therapy companies that have licensed technologies or spun out from them. The video animation was created by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s CEO Council for Growth with its partners in the Cell & Gene Therapy Initiative.

“Our region is experiencing exceptional growth in our […]

Five Organizations Partner to Design New Biotech Training Program to Connect Philadelphians with Quality Jobs in the Region’s Rapidly Growing Life Sciences Sector

The Wistar Institute, West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Iovance Biotherapeutics, PIDC, and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia Launch Recruitment for the Pilot Program.

Partners in Greater Philadelphia’s life sciences ecosystem are collaborating to create a new workforce development training model to connect biotech jobs with a wider range of Philadelphians, including residents from disadvantaged communities. In a field that often requires PhDs or master’s degrees for most roles, the program – “Biomedical Technician Training Program: Aseptic Manufacturing” – will create opportunities for Philadelphians with at least a high school equivalency. The initiative is one way the region is working together […]

Philadelphia Region’s Ever-Expanding Cell and Gene Therapy Family Tree Featured in New Promotional Reel

An initiative launched more than three years ago to boost awareness of the region as a hub for cell and gene therapy is getting ready to unveil its latest effort to promote the fast-growing sector.

Called “Greater Philadelphia: Discovery Starts Here,” the 90-second graphic animation illustrates how more than a dozen companies have spun out of, or are licensing technology from, a handful of local research institutions. It is also available for download here.

Specifically, the video animation features five research institutions (The University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Jefferson Health, Temple University, and The Wistar […]

New Animation Illustrates Greater Philadelphia Region’s Connected Cell and Gene Therapy Startup Ecosystem

PHILADELPHIA (August 16, 2022) – Greater Philadelphia has a new tool to tell the story of collaboration and connectivity in the region’s hub for cell and gene therapy. Titled Greater Philadelphia: Discovery Starts Here,” the 90-second video animation shares a snapshot of several of the region’s world-class research institutions and a number of the cell and gene therapy companies that have licensed technologies or spun out from them. The video animation was created by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s CEO Council for Growth with its partners in the Cell & Gene Therapy Initiative.

“Our region is […]

Discovery Starts with Iovance Biotherapeutics’ Margot Wilson

Iovance Biotherapeutics’ Cell Therapy Center (iCTC) in Greater Philadelphia is the first centralized and scalable manufacturing facility dedicated to producing tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) as a potential therapy for patients with solid tumor cancers. One of the leaders on the ground at Iovance’s manufacturing facility is Margot Wilson, Director of Operational Excellence. Wilson works to ensure that these TIL cells are properly manufactured to be returned and administered as potential cancer treatments to patients. Wilson’s goal in working at Iovance? To deliver hope to patients who need new options.

Once partnered with a […]

AmerisourceBergen Establishes Cell and Gene Therapy Service Line

AmerisourceBergen, a global healthcare services company headquartered in Greater Philadelphia, announced it has formally established a cell and gene therapy service line as part of its commitment to support cell and gene therapy innovators. This new service line will be led by Lung-I Cheng, Ph.D., who recently joined AmerisourceBergen as Vice President of Cell and Gene Therapy. 

Cheng will work to evolve and enhance the end-to-end support AmerisourceBergen provides cell and gene therapy innovators throughout the commercialization journey. As part of that effort, Cheng noted AmerisourceBergen […]

Greater Philadelphia Region Seeks ARPA-H Home

On June 29, 2022, the Chamber announced the region’s intention to seek to be the new home for a recently announced $1 billion federal agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), which is expected to be located outside of Washington D.C.  In a letter sent to the U.S. Health & Human Services Department Secretary Xavier Becerra and signed by business, civic, and elected officials, signers touted the region’s expertise in cell and gene therapy and gene editing, its rank as one of the top eight life […]

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