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PHL Life Sciences: About Us + Mission

About PHL Life Sciences

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 health care industries to collaborate and brand the Philadelphia region as “America’s Life Sciences Meetings Destination.”

PHL Life Sciences assists with identifying professional societies, associations and meeting planners, influencing the meeting destination decision process, delivering an exceptional convention experience and connecting attendees with the unique attractions and assets of Philadelphia.

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.



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

PHL Life Sciences can help your meeting, conference or convention find great success in Philadelphia.

PHL Life Sciences can:

  • Put you in touch with experts and leaders of academic institutions, hospital systems, biotechnology companies, nursing programs and pharmaceutical firms in the tri-state region that includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
  • Introduce you to customers who have had successful and memorable meetings in Philadelphia.
  • Provide access to nationally-known speakers for your convention who are regionally based and readily available to meeting planners.


We are a city steeped not only in the history represented by Philadelphia’s Historic District with Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, but also in medical history as 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.

We house a plethora 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 six 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, almost 100 hospitals and more than 90 colleges and universities in our region.

PHL Life Sciences, comprised of our region’s life sciences leaders, is a liaison between Philadelphia’s extensive life sciences and hospitality communities and exists to help navigate board members, meeting planners, attendees and visitors through the regional life sciences landscape.

The expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center promises a bigger and better experience.
Our award-winning PHLCVB Convention Services staff works closely with organizers to ensure a successful and memorable meeting.

We have many medical and science attractions and a variety of venues to hold medical meetings and conventions that both educate and entertain attendees. In addition to being great places to visit, venues such as The Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum, the Physick House, The Barnes Foundation and the Chemical Heritage Foundation make ideal spots to host off-site events.

Our museum treasures include medical artifacts, antiques, art masterpieces and noteworthy architecture relative to science. They offer fascinating collections of specimens, tools and memorabilia that will interest any medical professional.

Our city has extensive collections of medical art, ranging from a recently-unveiled outdoor mural honoring nurses to Thomas Eakins’ painting “The Gross Clinic.” Medical art enthusiasts can find collections at hospitals and medical schools, as well as the world renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Given our prime location, within a day’s drive of 40 percent of the U.S. population, it is no surprise that life-sciences related conventions account for half of all meetings held in Philadelphia each year.

Our tri-state region represents 80 percent of the U.S. pharmaceuticals industry; our outstanding academic and research institutions work in collaboration with industry; and many life-saving drugs and innovative diagnostic and medical devices are all found within a 50-mile radius of each other.

According to the 2013 State of the Industry Report issued by the Healthcare Convention Exhibitors Association (HCEA), Philadelphia is ranked No. 4 of the Top 20 Destinations in U.S. Cities for medical meetings.

Board Affiliations

The PHL Life Sciences has a network of resources drawn from an extensive list of regional industry organizations that have representation on the PHL Life Sciences Advisory Board and the PHLCVB Nursing Leadership Committee.

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American College of Physicians
  • Bayada Home Health Care
  • Ben Franklin Technology Partners
  • Bio New Jersey
  • BioAdvance
  • City of Philadelphia
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Cooper Medical School at Rowan University
  • Delaware BIO
  • Drexel University/Drexel University College of Medicine/Drexel University College of Nursing and Health
  • Professions
  • ECRI Institute
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • The Franklin Institute
  • Genentech
  • Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association
  • Guardian Nurses
  • Key BioPharma
  • La Salle University
  • Life Sciences Innovations
  • Life Sciences Pennsylvania
  • Main Line Health System
  • Marinus Pharmaceuticals
  • Mazzoni Center
  • Monell Chemical Senses Center
  • Nemours Children’s Health System
  • Penn Presbyterian
  • Pennovation
  • Philadelphia International Medicine
  • Quaker Partners
  • ReMed
  • Rowan University
  • Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • Salus University
  • The Sciences History Museum
  • Select Greater Philadelphia
  • Shiners Hospital for Children
  • Temple University/Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University/Temple University Hospital
  • Thomas Jefferson University/ Sidney Kimmel Medical College/Jefferson College of Nursing
  • University City Science Center
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Pennsylvania/ Pearlman School of Medicine/ Penn School of Nursing
  • University of the Sciences
  • US Department of veterans Affairs
  • Villanova University/Villanova College of Nursing
  • The Wistar Institute

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