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Celebrating Science in Philadelphia

Philadelphia earns its reputation as a renowned life sciences destination through the strength of our ecosystem — the healthcare, research and academic institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies — the incubators and investors that drive our regional life sciences economy. We are a city of people with passion for science and innovation.

And we celebrate it!

This spring, the Philadelphia Science Festival will once again #GetNerdyPHL with a nine-day series of science- and technology-themed events and programs in neighborhoods and throughout the city from April 20-28. Tens of thousands of children, teens, families and others will gather on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the Festival’s signature event, the Science Carnival.

PHL Life Sciences will be there, proudly partnering with iPraxis to spark a love of science in kids. At the iPraxis carnival booth, kids will get a hands-on lesson in how the human circulatory system works by making gelatinous “blood clots” with materials that interact in a way that mimics the process of blood coagulation. Led by “scienteers” from iPraxis — practicing scientists, local university undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the biosciences — children will be challenged to investigate how blood clotting works. And have fun playing with the goopy, red slime.

The founding vision of iPraxis is to introduce children to careers in science, help them understand they can “get” science and believe they can “do” it, model success and inspire curiosity while learning to expect, accept, embrace and overcome failure as part of the creative, scientific process. The “i” in iPraxis stands for imagination, innovation and industry.

PHL Life Science’s support helps us bring this hands-on learning to students,” Jeremiah J. White, Jr., president of iPraxis, said. “They see they can do the work, they see these young scienteers as role models and think, maybe I’ll be a scientist or a pediatrician or a bioengineer, a neurologist. You have to spark the curiosity.”


In its mission to connect people to science, PHL Life Sciences has supported iPraxis initiatives for the past six years and the Philadelphia Science Festival since its inception in 2011. Melding the interests of the only city-wide event that draws tens of thousands of people and engages them with science, a nonprofit that inspires the next generation of scientists and PHL Life Sciences is a win-win-win for all.




Life Sciences Meeting Planners: Stay in Compliance!

Senior life sciences meeting management professionals convene in Philadelphia February 26-28 to innovate, share best practices and network at the 6th Annual Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings Summit. A special Life Sciences Global Meeting Compliance Town Hall Forum will guide attendees through complex global regulatory changes and General Data Protection Requirement and transparency reporting. Learn more at Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings Summit, Hilton at Penn’s Landing.







WOCN Hosts 50th Anniversary Conference

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) is recognized worldwide for the promotion of safe and effective wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) care. The premiere nursing specialty organization that educates clinicians to improve WOC patient outcomes, the WOCN Society, will host its 50th Annual Conference in Philadelphia from June 3-6. Learn from industry experts about the latest techniques, applications, technologies and treatments related to wound, ostomy and continence issues. Registration is now open.







Stephen Tang Leaves the University City Science Center

The new year brings a new direction for Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA, who announced January 4 that he will step down as president and CEO of the University City Science Center to join medical diagnostic developer OraSure Technologies as president and CEO.

Among many accomplishments over his 10-year leadership of the Science Center, Tang has advanced Philadelphia as a global hub for life science innovation while supporting several successful start-ups and novel technologies through the QED Proof-of-Concept funding, Phase 1 Ventures and the Digital Health Accelerator. He led the transformation and rebranding of the Science Center’s campus to the 27-acre UCity Square and created Quorum, the entrepreneur’s clubhouse and convening ground for the region’s innovation ecosystem. Curtis M. Hess, senior vice president for real estate operations at the U.C.S.C., has been appointed interim president and CEO. Read more.

PHL Life Sciences wishes Steve well in his new endeavor.






Science History Institute: A New Year, a New Name, a New Future

Philadelphia’s venerable Chemical Heritage Foundation and the San Francisco–based Life Sciences Foundation have merged as the Science History Institute. The new name reflects the foundations’ historic and current fields — the study of the history of the chemical and molecular sciences and accompanying engineering fields — with opportunity to explore emerging fields as they develop.






Society for Applied Anthropology Returns with ‘Philadelphia Day’

After 39 years, the nation’s largest association of professional anthropologists and social scientists returns to the City of Brotherly Love from April 3-7 at the Loews Hotel. Close to 1,400 anthropologists from 33 countries will kick off the 2018 Annual Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology on April 3, “Philadelphia Day,” when all activities are free and open to the public.




Family and Community Medicine Practitioners Convene

Temple University Department of Family and Community Medicine joins the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians as co-host of the annual Philadelphia conference and research day, March 2–4 at the Hilton at Penn’s Landing. Participants will earn 18 CME hours (accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians), 12 patient safety hours and meet state-mandated ACT 31 requirements.





LSPA Forges International Connections

Advancing its goal of raising the state’s life sciences profile internationally, Life Sciences Pennsylvania signed a memorandum of understanding with leaders of the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association. While not a legally binding commitment of resources or obligations, the agreement is a formal expression of interest by the two organizations to collaborate bilaterally in the life sciences and foster connections on both sides of the Atlantic. Lithuania represents LSPA’s sixth international agreement to attract international life sciences businesses and academics to Pennsylvania. Read more in the Philadelphia Business Journal.





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