Life Sciences

A Region World-Renowned for Life Sciences

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Ranked among the top 10 life sciences markets in the U.S., Greater Philadelphia is home to world-class research institutions, inventors of breakthrough medical treatments and technology, and 15 major health systems. Biopharmaceutical leaders, including AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, and Merck, are among the 1,200 life sciences companies in Greater Philadelphia. It’s no surprise that our tri-state area is a national leader in clinical trials, that we are pioneering cell and gene therapies, and that medical marvels are routinely taking place here. Want to make sure your company is at the very center of life sciences innovation – with rental rates lower than those in New York, Boston, San Francisco, or San Diego? Select Greater Philadelphia (Select).

Learn about Greater Philadelphia’s Cell and Gene Therapy Subsector.

Top: Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center celebrated the 2017 FDA approval of the first personalized cellular therapy, which was developed by its scientists and physicians. Below slideshow images courtesy of, in part: Drexel University; Lydia Polimeni, National Institutes of Health; PIDC; and Princeton University, Office of Communications.

James Medaglio, Director, Business Attraction & Expansion

James Medaglio, Director, Business Attraction & Expansion

Let us guide you in talent and business attraction and expansion in Greater Philadelphia.

Industry Outlook: Ron Philip, CEO of Spark Therapeutics, Inc.

Philip shares insights into Greater Philadelphia’s life sciences sector, including how the region’s emerging workforce will fuel the future of the economy.

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Careers in Life Sciences

Careers in Life Sciences

From pharmaceutical and biotech innovation to cutting-edge research, see how far your skills can take you in Greater Philadelphia’s life sciences ecosystem. Learn More ›


This toolkit is a living resource centered on Greater Philadelphia’s past, present, and future as a hub for cell and gene therapy and connected health.

The core of the toolkit is a set of key messages and supporting points, which were developed to synthesize the region’s strengths in these areas. These messages are designed to resonate with key audiences including investors, customers, talent, expanding companies, members of the media and others.

These messages can be incorporated into press materials, talking points, website and marketing materials, event signage, social media posts and beyond. Reinforcing these messaging points through varied uses across organizations will help to build a cohesive message about the good work happening in our region in cell and gene therapy and connected health.

Discovery Starts in Greater Philadelphia

Discovery Starts in Greater Philadelphia Infographic (May 2024)

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet (May 2024)

Cell and Gene Therapy Companies in PHL (as of May 2024)

Major Employers

Bristol Myers Squibb
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Cooper University Health Care
CSL Behring
Independence Blue Cross
Inspira Health Network
Iovance Biotherapeutics
Jefferson Health
Johnson & Johnson
Penn Medicine
Siemens Healthineers
Spark Therapeutics
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Virtua Health