During a jam-packed three-month stretch (September/October/November), PHL Life Sciences citywide conventions were responsible for 93,051 hotel room nights in the City of Philadelphia. Among the groups that brought business to the city during this period were the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Public Health Association, and American Heart Association. All partnered closely with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau in some way to access a local network of resources, market to prospective attendees, and create memorable experiences.
“We are very proud that Philadelphia was the host city for these important meetings, as we continue to be an attractive destination for some of the medical and life sciences industries signature events,” said PHL Life Sciences Executive Director Bonnie Grant. “The high concentration of events this fall was a challenge we were up for, as we know the entire hospitality community is willing and able to respond to these opportunities and the economic benefits they bring.”
Philadelphia is taking a proactive approach to some of the nation’s biggest cardiovascular health issues, from vaping to sugary drinks, as the destination hosted the American Heart Association’s (AHA) ‘Scientific Sessions’ in November. Approximately 15,000 attendees filed into the Pennsylvania Convention Center for spirited dialogue and networking opportunities with some of the leading experts in health and science.
On November 15, AHA leadership, including CEO Nancy Brown, held a press conference announcing the non-profit organization’s new $20 million research initiative exposing the e-cigarette industry. Leading researchers, former teenage users, and school leaders made a powerful case against the business and its addictive nature.
In addition, AHA honored Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for his work to combat health concerns in local communities. The mayor’s ‘soda tax’ was considered a social impact win for advocates, in the battle against drinks high in sugar and known to cause health problems.
AHA has a large chapter presence in Philadelphia and continues to look to the city as a catalyst for increasing membership and awareness of the organization.
Partnering with the PHLCVB and PHL Life Sciences, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) is making final preparations for its May 2020 International Conference in Philadelphia. The group, which promotes global health by advancing research, patient care, and the public health in pulmonary disease, critical illness and sleep disorders, was founded in 1905.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center, with its accessibility for out-of-town attendees and spacious floorplan, was appealing to ATS, which is expected to bring 7,000 visitors and another 9,000 local attendees.
One of the group’s major initiatives is engaging with the Philadelphia community and educating the next generation of professionals in pulmonary care. Some of ATS 2020’s programming reflects that, including a ‘Fellows Track Symposium’, ‘Resident Boot Camp’, and ATS’ Student Scholars Program.
Dr. Heather Steinman, vice president for business development and executive director of technology transfer at The Wistar Institute, and Dr. Darryl Williams, senior vice president of science and education at the Franklin Institute will co-chair the PHL Life Sciences Advisory Board beginning in 2020.
The two prominent figures in Philadelphia’s life sciences industry will succeed Dr. Margaret Foti, president and CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research and Chris Yochim, founding member and chairman of the Board of the Delaware Bioscience Association. The role, which is critical to advocating on behalf of the city and region as a destination for life sciences meetings and conventions, is one that requires substantial influence and creativity.
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Julie Coker said:
“In 2018, PHL Life Sciences meetings, conventions and events brought over 80,000 attendees to Philadelphia who helped drive over $101 million in economic impact for the region, a testament to the work of the advisory board and its influence. We are thrilled to have these two great leaders on our team, as we continue to expand our network and secure future meeting and convention business for Philadelphia.”
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Philadelphia’s tech scene continues to “level up” with support from within the ecosystem. Local investment group Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania pumped more than $1 million into area companies in Q3 2019.
The recognition of Philadelphia’s strengths – talent, research “muscle”, and affordable real estate – has led to continued success among healthcare and science-based startups. Other catalysts, from the University City Science Center’s new ‘Launch Lane’ business accelerator to the University of Pennsylvania’s ability to commercialize gene therapy research have propelled the city and region. Together, these are some of the entities working to shape the city’s reputation as a leader in innovation and venerable destination for life sciences meetings and conventions.
In the rapidly evolving era of technology and medicine, where bioethics in health care and medicine are prevalent, Philadelphia will welcome the International Association of Bioethics’ (IAB) World Congress of Bioethics (WCB). The meeting takes place June 19-21, 2020, at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bioethics is concerned with ethical issues raised by advances in medicine, biology and the life sciences. The meeting, co-chaired by the distinguished Drs. Jonathan Moreno and Harald Schmidt, of Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn, will bring together more than 1,000 participants from around the world, comprising academics from a diverse field of disciplines, policy makers, practitioners and others. To learn more, check out the IAB homepage.
PHL Life Sciences will welcome nine citywide conventions to Philadelphia in 2020, as the city continues to attract some of the leading groups for medical science and education. From the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting (20,000 expected attendees) to the American Thoracic Society’s International Conference (16,000 expected attendees), the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be the epicenter for leading research and important dialogue about the future of the industry. Check out a complete list of upcoming meetings and conventions here.
The city is also awaiting the arrival of several new hotel properties, from the W/Element, which will add 755 new rooms to inventory, to Canopy by Hilton (236 rooms), and the Hyatt Centric Hotel (322 rooms). All are expected to open in 2020, providing more options to visitors and convention attendees.