StrongRoom AI’s Expansion into Greater Philadelphia Shows Strength of Region’s Business Community

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Entrepreneurship usually starts with an idea for a solution to a problem. It requires people who can combine theoretical and practical intelligence with a desire to stretch the boundaries into new frontiers.

It also requires money.

A few years back, venture capitalist Peter Bruce-Clark met then-19-year-old Australian entrepreneur Max Mito, a self-taught computer coder, and Christopher Durre, a computer scientist and engineer, who had an idea— “a classic garage concept”— to improve the safety of drug distribution by creating a suite of healthcare software that combine biometrics and AI applications to match […]

Keystone LifeSci Collaborative Launches to Support Regional Sector Growth and Workforce

A new initiative in Greater Philadelphia is bolstering the growth of the region’s life sciences sector and strengthening the industry’s robust talent pipeline. The Keystone LifeSci Collaborative (KLSC), which launched on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, is a business-centered forum supported by new funding from the American Rescue Plan through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Good Jobs Challenge.

KLSC is guided by a steering committee with members in life sciences, workforce development, education, and economic development working to address ongoing shared business priorities and enhance regional competitiveness in the life sciences […]

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, […]

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, […]

Discovery Starts with SAPA-GP and Amicus Therapeutics’ Haichen Yang, MD, MA, MBA

Freshly graduated from medical school, Dr. Haichen Yang embarked on her journey to the U.S. With 30 years of experience developing new medicine under her belt, her relentless desire to learn and stay at the forefront of the biopharmaceutical sector all comes down to helping people.

Throughout her endeavor, Dr. Yang, Vice President of Clinical Research at Amicus Therapeutics, developed a specific interest in neuroscience and rare diseases and used her skills to bring new drugs to market. Dr. Yang has led […]

Surge in Life Sciences Investment in Region Continues: 2021 Total Exceeded $12 Billion

The life sciences sector in Greater Philadelphia benefited from robust investment in 2021. The 11-county area of Southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and southern New Jersey combined saw more than $12 billion invested, according to biopharma database company DealForma. The $12 billion tally included more than $3 billion for cell and gene therapy. Investment deals ranged from Series A rounds through IPOs. Among the technologies funded were biologics, cell and gene therapy, small molecules, as well as medical device and digital health, including artificial intelligence.

Reflected in the DealForma data were eight IPOs with a combined value of more than $750 million. […]

People are Talking about Greater Philadelphia

Isn’t it wonderful when people say something nice about you? That’s a feeling Greater Philadelphia has been experiencing a lot lately, as global publications help amplify what those of us who live here already know – this is a place with a great quality of life.

TIME magazine recognized it when it named Philadelphia one of the “World’s Greatest Places 2021. (July 2021). Outside magazine stated it when it placed Philadelphia on its list of 2021’s Best Towns (October 2021). Condé Nast Traveler spotlighted it when it designated Philadelphia a must-visit destination, one of only eight on its editors’ “The Best […]

CEO of Comcast-IBC joint venture Quil discusses beta testing its next product and ‘hiring like crazy’

The digital health joint venture formed by Comcast Corp. and Independence Blue Cross is set to launch its second product early next year.

Article from Philadelphia Business Journal 

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