Greater Philadelphia Named #4 U.S. Life Sciences Market in Colliers Report

According to a 2024 Life Sciences Report by global real estate company Colliers, the Greater Philadelphia region was ranked #4 out of 18 markets, solidifying its position as a national epicenter for life science innovation with world-class assets. 

The report noted that the 11-county region – which includes the tri-state areas of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware – “remains on the forefront in gene, cell, and

SDS Optic Finds Talent, Space, Kindness, and its Chance to Make History in Greater Philadelphia

It isn’t always easy to be a medical tech company located in Central Europe, especially when it comes to finding top-of-the-line scientists with niche competencies.

 A while back, SDS Optic, a fast-growing maker of cancer diagnostics in Poland, went looking for a very specific type of scientist and the search became a long-term endeavor.

“We were not successful in months of research and executive search,” said Mateusz Sagan, Chief Business Officer of SDS Optic. To pivot, the company decided to open a […]

Italian Company Thema Selects Greater Philadelphia for U.S. Expansion

Thema, a CompLife Italia Group company, is a medical device consultancy located in the Northern Italian town of Imola, in the Metropolitan City of Bologna. A visit to Philadelphia in November 2023 by a four-person delegation led by Thema Founder and CEO Marisa Testa resulted in the company’s first U.S. expansion.

The journey to our region began with a conference and an introduction to the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (the Chamber) from the Pennsylvania Department […]

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 […]

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 are living, working, and thriving […]

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, […]

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 […]

South Korea-based InBody Selects Greater Philadelphia After Recruiting Effort

When InBody, a fast-growing global medical device company based in South Korea, looked to expand its U.S. business to the East Coast, executives considered the usual suspects – Greater Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.

Greater Philadelphia checked all the boxes when it came to accessing a growing cluster of top hospitals and medical facilities, proximity to large metropolitan areas, a transportation network, and affordability.

But there was one thing that the InBody Co. Ltd. team didn’t anticipate, said Chief Executive Officer Rami Lee, was the lengths that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (the Commonwealth) and the Chamber of Commerce for […]

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 Roquette’s Morrison Boateng, Jr.

For Morrison Boateng, Jr., a Pharmaceutical Application Scientist at Roquette, a Chamber member company, the search for a family-friendly community and a region well-equipped to advance his career led him to Greater Philadelphia.

“I grew up in Ghana, West Africa, until I was 16,” said Boateng. “Then my family and I moved to the Bronx, and I finished high school and earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees in New York. After 17 years in New York, it was time to figure out where my wife and I […]

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