Why Choose Philadelphia

Making Meetings Matter

Philadelphia is a city steeped not only in the history represented by its Historic District with Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, but also steeped in medical history – the birthplace of American medicine and home to the nation’s first medical school, first children’s hospital, first college of pharmacy, first medical library and first hospital.

The city is home to a host of medical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, higher education, research and venture capital entities that can provide access to a deep pool of talent and partners for life sciences meetings and conventions.

We have five medical schools, 22 nursing schools, two dental schools, two colleges of pharmacy, a veterinary school, a school of optometry, a podiatry school, allied health schools and almost 100 hospitals and 90 colleges and universities in our region.

PHLLife, a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), connects the tri-state’s (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) life sciences leaders representing medical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, higher education, research, venture capital and the health care industries to collaborate and brand the Philadelphia region as “America’s Life Sciences Meetings Destination.”

Our Mission is to raise the visibility of the tri-state area as a leader in the Life Sciences and as a world-class destination for the industry’s meetings, conventions and business opportunities.

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