PHL Life Regional Assets


Employment opportunities, research, biologic development and manufacturing, pharmaceutical commercialization and renowned health care makes this region a global destination. New challenges arise, but the willingness of our region to work together makes all the difference for a successful meeting in Philadelphia.


  • Philadelphia is within two hours of 80 percent of the world’s major pharmaceutical firms, including GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol Meyers, Squibb, Johnson and Johnson, AstraZeneca and Du Pont.
  • Founded in 1751, Pennsylvania Hospital was the first hospital in the United States and is the site of the country’s first medical library.
  • The University of Pennsylvania Medical School was the first medical school in the United States (1765).
  • The University of the Sciences, founded in 1821 as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, was the first college of pharmacy in the United States.
  • Wills Eye Hospital was the first hospital in the Western hemisphere devoted to the eye (1832).
  • The Medical College of Pennsylvania was the first women’s medical school in the world (1850).
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was the first children’s hospital in the United States (1855).
  • Temple University Dental School is the second oldest in the United States (1863).
  • The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the second oldest in the United States (1884).
  • Twenty-two percent of all physicians in America are trained in Philadelphia-area medical centers.


Pennsylvania is one of the states leading the nation in this “Bio Century.” Pennsylvania consistently ranks at the top in quality and innovation, is fifth in the nation for NIH funding and is home to some of the most influential life sciences firms in the world.

Greater Philadelphia’s extensive life sciences community includes six medical schools, 22 nursing schools, two dental schools, two colleges of pharmacy, a veterinary school, a school of optometry, a podiatry school, almost 100 hospitals and an equal number of technology, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies.

Greater Philadelphia is second in the study’s Overall Composite Index. The study also places Greater Philadelphia first in its Current Impact Composite Index that considers employment level, relative size, and industry growth and says that 15 percent of all economic activity and one out of every six jobs in Greater Philadelphia can be traced back to the life sciences. PHL Life Sciences uses this data to present to life sciences meeting planners to help them build attendance for their meeting.

Delaware‘s business community includes the largest per capita concentration of science and engineering PhDs, is sixth-highest in the nation for young PhDs and has the highest patent rate per capita in the United States (Nature 2007).

New Jersey, long considered the world’s medicine chest and recognized as a top biotech hotbed, is home to more pharmaceutical companies than any other state and is the country’s third-largest biotechnology sector.

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