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PHL Life Sciences eNews - Winter 2019










Nursing’s Biggest Educational Event Picks Philadelphia in 2022, 2026

American Nurses Credentialing CenterThe Greater Philadelphia region’s growing pool of nursing professionals was a key selling point for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and their National MAGNET Conference, which will travel to the city in 2022 and 2026.

McGinley Nursing CommitteeWith 56 MAGNET-certified hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and a historic focus on teaching institutions for medical professionals, Philadelphia will be able to cast a wide net for convention attendance. The ‘win’ is an example of the PHL Life Sciences’ influential Nursing Leadership Committee, which has pursued the association for more than a decade. Key to this opportunity, was the work of committee member Dr. Mary Ann McGinley (pictured, middle), who is retiring from her post as the senior vice president for patient services and chief nursing officer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

MAGNET was founded in 1998 to celebrate the achievements of its nurses and find new ways to improve patient care. The overwhelming support for the mission has allowed meeting planners to quickly scale the annual event. It will arrive in Philadelphia for the first-time ever in 2022 and is expected to bring more than 10,000 in each respective year.









MedTech Breaks Attendance Record During Philadelphia Visit

For a dozen years, the MedTech Conference has produced high-quality, forward-looking meetings for the medical device and digital technology segments of the healthcare industry. In September 2018, AdvaMed’s signature convention, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, shattered attendance numbers.

Medtech 2019With headliners like the 43rd President of the United State George W. Bush and Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, the marquee gathering attracted more than 1,000 companies, 132 exhibitors, and approximately 3,000 attendees from 35 countries. Attendance grew at a double-digit clip.

According to Scott Whitaker, president and CEO of AdvaMed, the trade association behind the show, the Philadelphia/New Jersey corridor “provided us [with] an amazing opportunity to bring together thought leaders and entrepreneurs from across the healthcare spectrum – all focused on our theme, ‘Innovation Transforming Health Care.’”

As the conference continues to gain prominence, accessing a vibrant and fertile tech and medical ecosystem is critical to success. Philadelphia’s ability to draw from nearby U.S. markets and accessibility to overseas locations like the United Kingdom and European Union is vital to high-growth conventions with a goal of scaling attendance.






Forecasting Philadelphia: Prevailing Tailwinds Guide New Development

Schuylkill YardsThe Philadelphia Business Journal recently examined where the seeds of economic change have been planted across the city and region. ’20 in the 2020s’ profiled significant development projects central to the future of the decade (plus) ahead.

As the business climate continues to produce favorable tailwinds, companies like Spark Therapeutics are able to capitalize on commercializing new gene therapy research. It was recently announced that the publicly-traded biotech firm would make up to 500 hires in the region.

Catalyzing growth in these areas will be real estate development projects like Schuylkill Yards, a $3.5 billion, 14-acre mixed-use plot designed to be a playground for innovation. Penn Medicine is also building a new $1.5 billion hospital pavilion, with 500 beds and 47 operating rooms.

Investment continues to ramp up, making Philadelphia a dominant force for life sciences innovation, research and talent. A byproduct of this is the knowledge capital accessible to meetings and conventions visiting Philadelphia. For more on these key projects and more, check out this article.






Life Sciences Leaders Celebrate Ultimate Solution Award Winner Chris Yochim

Chair of Delaware BIO Christopher Yochim joined a list of esteemed Ultimate Solution Award recipients during a ceremony at the Science History Institute on September 20. Presented annually by PHL Life Sciences, a business development division of the PHLCVB, the distinction recognizes individuals and organizations that have raised Philadelphia’s profile as a meeting destination for the life sciences industry.

Chris Yochim wins Ultimate Solution Award 2019Yochim, and his extensive network, was pivotal in bringing BIO International’s 2019 convention back to Philadelphia next summer. BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ program is considered to be the “gold standard” in the industry for biotech and pharma companies networking at conventions. Yochim has played a major role in identifying partners for prospective biotech investors and facilitating key meetings. In 2015, while in Philadelphia, there were approximately 29,000 partnering meetings. Today, the expectation is closer to 50,000, because of the effectiveness of the program.

Previous winners of the Ultimate Solution 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).






Pioneering Research Center Turns ‘50’

Monell Chemical Senses CenterThe Monell Chemical Senses Center (Monell Center), a University City institution devoted to studying the senses of smell and taste, is celebrating 50 years. Founded by Morley Kane, PhD, in 1968, its lasting legacy is the bridge built between public and private sector interests.

As a place where academic research is brought to life, the Monell Center has led groundbreaking studies to better understand the human body, even contributing to the discovery of the mouth’s sweet and bitter receptors.

To this day, researchers continue to engineer leading reports on subjects such as gut inflammation, the human immune system, taste cells, the olfactory, and the future of personalized medicine. It’s the belief in a set of principles that’s contributed to the Monell Center’s longevity and continuous achievements in science.

President and Director Robert F. Margolskee, MD, PhD, is a stabilizing force at the non-profit organization, and he is also a contemporary speaker on some of the aforementioned topics.






Pittcon Adds Nobel Laureate to Lineup as Registration Opens

With more than 2,000 technical sessions on tap in Philadelphia March 19-21, 2019, ‘Pittcon’, the premier laboratory science innovation expo is now open for attendee registration. The Philadelphia Convention Center expects to draw up to 15,000 visitors for networking, live demos, product seminars, and pointed keynote sessions from 2016 Nobel Laureate Professor Fraser Stoddart and the Library of Congress’ Dr. Fenella France.

Pittcon 2019Organized by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, the 70th installment of Pittcon has partnered with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau to sustain growth in this key milestone year.

Pittcon sheds light on new equipment, technology, and techniques reshaping the way laboratory professionals in the industry conduct research, develop drugs and products, and understand the material science around us. Philadelphia’s longstanding reputation as a destination for academic acuity – including being home to the country’s first children’s hospital and first hospital for medical students – was a major factor in the organization’s selection process.








American Academy of Neurology Brings Annual Meeting to Philadelphia

American Academy of NeurologyThe world’s largest association of neurologists and neuroscientists – at 34,000 members – will bring best practices for brain health to Philadelphia for its annual meeting on May 4-10, 2019.

Dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered care and enhancing member career satisfaction, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) worked closely with PHL Life Sciences leaders to develop a diverse program with local and national thought leaders.

As part of the associations’ philosophy to give back to the community, this year’s convention will have a free, public forum. AAN’s Brain Health Fair (May 9) was designed to educate local constituents about the latest research and advancements for treating diseases like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, autism, dementia, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries.

Leading neurology executives, including John Mazziotta, MD, PhD, FAAN, Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences, CEO UCLA Health, and Linda Selwa, MD, FAAN, Associate Chair for Clinical Activities and Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan will deliver remarks.

Opportunities for local students to get involved are available through a Student Scholarship Program. Also, every student group that checks in at the Brain Health Fair will be entered into a drawing in which five schools will win $1,000 each toward their science program.






PHL Life Sciences’ Board Member Edith Mitchell Honored By Jefferson Health

At the 16th Annual Jefferson Health Gala, renowned medical oncologist, researcher, and PHL Life Sciences’ board member Edith Mitchell, Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force (Retired), MD, FACP, FCPP, was honored with the 2018 Achievement Award in Medicine.

Edith Mitchell Honored by Jefferson HealthThe recognition was for an outstanding career in medicine and her humanitarian efforts. Dr. Mitchell is a clinical professor of the departments of Medicine and Medical Oncology, and program leader for the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, among many other roles at Jefferson.

During her distinguished military service in the Air Force, she was the first female physician to hold the rank of brigadier general. Dr. Mitchell received many accolades, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal.

Dr. Stephen Klasko, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health remarked:

“Dr. Mitchell has been a trailblazer all her life, and continues to be a pioneer in cancer treatment and research, and an advocate for the underserved.”










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