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Explore key messages and supporting factoids about the Greater Philadelphia Region’s leadership in Cell and Gene Therapy and Connected Health in this one-sheet document.

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The Cell and Gene Therapy and Connected Health Tool Kit is a living resource centered on the Greater Philadelphia region’s past, present and future as a hub for cell and gene therapy and connected health.



Recent headlines have celebrated the first FDA approved gene therapy and CAR-T cell immune-oncology treatments, born in academic institutions based here in Philadelphia.


The leaders behind some of the most successful biotech companies in the country have chosen to grow their businesses in Philadelphia because, even when compared to Silicon Valley, Philadelphia has the most to offer, they say.


Philadelphia-based ExpressCells, Inc. (ExpressCells), a private genetic engineering company that creates advanced cell lines for drug discovery, announced that it has completed the first close of its Series A financing round, lead jointly this round by The Rowan Innovation Venture Fund and Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic.

Dr. James Wilson and his team at Penn Medicine are celebrating the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a gene therapy known as Zolgensma for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, based on a delivery vehicle that his team discovered and developed over the past decade as part of a wide-ranging portfolio of research to advance gene therapy.



Cancer-therapy firm Iovance Biotherapeutics Inc. plans to open a sprawling office and laboratory complex in South Philadelphia’s Navy Yard complex, adding to the city’s growing clout as a biotechnology research-and-development hub.


Spark Therapeutics Inc., founded by researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia agreed to be sold to Switzerland-based Roche Holding AG for $4.3 billion.

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. @PennMedicine Program for Mindfulness shares how mindfulness in the workplace can reduce employee stress and enhance well-being. Read more: #GoodBizPHL ChamberPHL photo
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Earlier this week we partnered with the Office of State Representative @RepCephas for a Small Business Roundtable at @saintjosephs. Thanks to the 20+ business owners who shared ideas for business growth in their #philly neighborhoods. @PhillyNGP #PhillyRoadmap ChamberPHL photo
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After a short hiatus, @ArtsBusinessPHL is relaunching its program securing pro-bono business consulting for the arts. The deadline to apply is Mon, Sep 2. Learn more: #CreativeAdvantage ChamberPHL photo
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IMS Trading USA, a Los Angeles consumer packaged goods company, signed a lease for a 50,000 square foot facility in Lower Providence upon announcing plans to become a Pennsylvania-based company. @WeAreIMS #GreaterHere SelectPHL photo
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The international pharmaceutical company with a large Philadelphia presence, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, acquired Virginia-based biotech firm Cavion Inc. for approximately $312.5 million. #GreaterHere #InnovatePHL #HealthCarePHL SelectPHL photo
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Thousands of New Jersey residents will attend the new regional community college called @RowanCollege of South Jersey. #GreaterHere #TalentPHL SelectPHL photo
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Newtown, PA-based @Onconova_ONTX announced its collaboration with Mission Bio to advance precision oncology clinical trials. #GreaterHere #HealthCarePHL #InnovatePHL SelectPHL photo
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There is no shortage of talent in Greater Philadelphia. From 2000 and 2014, PHL retained 54% of its college graduates - besting Boston’s’ 42% via @CampusPhilly. #TalentResearchResultsPHL CEOCouncilPHL photo
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#ICYMI: Penn spinoff Avisi Technologies lands federal grant to support development of nanotechnology-enabled implants for glaucoma patients -- 30 times thinner than some of the smallest options available now. ➡ #DiscoveryStartsHerePHL
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"Philly landed the No. 22 spot in a ranking of the 50 U.S. and Canadian markets with the highest rates of talent attraction and growth. In 2018, it came in 24th." via @TechnicallyPHL #LeadForward
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Four FDA-approved cell and gene therapies with research origins in Greater Philadelphia in the last two years - just one concrete example of why #DiscoveryStartsHerePHL.
4 days ago
. @InovioPharma Completes Enrollment of its VGX-3100 Open-label Phase 2 Trial for Treatment of HPV-Related High-Grade Anal Dysplasia

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Congratulations Theodore. Danoff MD, PhD for acquiring the position of Chief Medical Officer at Complexa Inc.
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"Mr. Martin brings to Palladio over 25 years of experience in senior executive roles in the life sciences industry, with a focus on business development, operations, and raising capital." Congratulations Mr. Martin!
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Penn spinoff Avisi Tech is developing a nanotechnology-enabled implant to help glaucoma patients