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 seven medical schools, 22 nursing schools, two dental schools, three colleges of pharmacy, a veterinary school, a school of optometry, a podiatry school, allied health schools and almost 100 hospitals and more than 90 colleges and universities in our region.
PHL Life Sciences, 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 healthcare 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.
One of our region’s pioneers and a leading advocate for healthcare parity is being honored for her career achievements. PHL Life Sciences Ultimate Solution Award will be presented to Jefferson University Hospital’s Edith Mitchell, MD, FACP, FCPP on September 17, 2019.
The practicing physician and clinical professor is an inspiration to the meetings industry, working closely with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau through the years to secure influential conventions and conferences for the city. Specifically, bringing the National Medical Association’s annual meeting to Philadelphia in 2015 while she served as the organization’s 116th president.
“There’s no way to capture in a few sentences all that Edith has done to raise the profile of Philadelphia as a life sciences and medical meetings powerhouse,” said PHL Life Sciences Executive Director Bonnie Grant. “Her ability to play the role of facilitator – making key introductions to industry influencers – and to champion Philadelphia in circles outside of the region has been critical to the work we are doing.”
A collection of government representatives, meeting planners, academic and medical professionals, and PHLCVB leadership will be on hand to celebrate the achievement.
Previous winners of the award include Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (2015), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) CEO Margaret Foti, Ph.D. (2016), and LabCorp CEO David King (2017), Christopher Yochim, Chair of Delaware BIO(2018).