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PHL Life Sciences

Philadelphia is a Leader in Life Sciences

PHL Life Sciences is the first and only division of a CVB in the country focused on life sciences meetings and works to provide access to Philadelphia’s substantial healthcare and higher education community of academics, medical and nursing leaders, healthcare experts, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and venture capital contacts.

PHL Life Sciences is comprised of the region’s life sciences leaders representing academic medical centers, hospitals, biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, venture capitalists and the business community throughout the greater Philadelphia region. We provide:

  • Introductions to potential partners, sponsors and industry networks to help increase and boost attendance
  • Access to industry experts to serve as speakers and panelists to enhance programming

Philadelphia is Home To:

  • 100+ colleges and universities within 50 miles of Philadelphia (Greater Philadelphia ranks as one of the nation’s leading centers for higher education)
  • 80% of all pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the U.S. have offices in Greater Philadelphia
  • Home to more than 2,000 medical technology companies
  • #1 Business School in the U.S.— University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
  • #1 Children’s Hospital in the U.S. and the nation’s first — the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The PHL Life Sciences Advisory Board

Comprised of more than 50 local industry leaders, advocates and innovators, the PHL Life Sciences advisory board is co-chaired by Dr. Darryl Williams, Senior Vice President of Education at the Franklin Institute, and Dr. Heather Steinman, Vice President for Business Development and Executive Director of Technology Transfer at The Wistar Institute.

Additionally, the PHL Life Sciences nursing leadership committee consists of 30 leaders in Philadelphia’s dynamic nursing community. In partnership with the PHL Life Sciences team, these advisory committees play a key role in connecting association leadership and planners with the network and tools for a successful meeting in Philadelphia.

2019 PHL Life Sciences Highlights

BIO 2019 demonstrated the PHLCVB’s ability to pull together the entire city to involve various institutions. A record-setting 48,500 Business-to-Business Partnering Meetings were held and attendees came from 49 states and 67 countries.

The American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting returned to Philadelphia for the third time and presented the Brain Health Fair, an event that is free to the public, welcomed 3,000 people from the Philadelphia region to gain insights about neuroscience. The convention also had record-breaking attendance of 15,150.

The American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo provided a Student Visit Day, an opportunity for area high school and college students to learn about the latest trends and best practices in public health while networking with students, professionals, leaders and organizations in the field. Philadelphia City Council members joined in sessions related to public health-related topics.

PHL Health Advisors

PHL Health Advisors

COVID-19 has left destinations with unprecedented challenges, including the need to take necessary steps in ensuring that health, safety and infection prevention protocols are in place for all visitors.

This panel of medical experts advise the PHLCVB and its customers on the region’s medical assets that benefit and enhance conventions and meetings held in Philadelphia. We continue to partner with this advisory board to guide the PHLCVB amid this new and evolving landscape which is forever changed because of COVID-19.

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