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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Greater Philadelphia’s Quality of Life Stars in the Chamber’s “Discovery Starts with Me” Video Series

When the shift ends or the weekend arrives, Greater Philadelphia’s top-notch quality of life and favorable cost of living take the spotlight. 

The Chamber’s “Discovery Starts with Me” video series features life sciences talent who live and work in the region – through the workday and beyond.

As described in the series, the region’s renowned and diverse food scene, breadth of arts, music and cultural institutions, and unparalleled access to green space for outdoor recreation, including 30 public gardens and the 9,200-acre Fairmount Park, means there’s always something new […]

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 […]

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 […]

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