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Philadelphia's Developing Cell and Gene Therapy Ecosystem

On Wednesday, February 24, during a sold out SMPS Philadelphia program on the city’s flourishing life science sector, a diverse and exemplary group of industry panelists came together to discuss the design, development, and operation of life science real estate. With “building for catastrophic success” a rallying cry, the market’s promise could not be overstated.

Moderated by Mayva Donnon of KSS Architects, our panel told the story of how public policy, economic investment, workforce development, entrepreneurial spirit, and technological advancement continue to coalesce Philadelphia’s public, private, and institutional communities into a life science ecosystem. Panelists included Dominique Casimir of Jefferson, Audrey Greenberg of The Discovery Labs, Mark Seltzer of Ensemble, and Pete Cramer of Wexford Science + Technology.

In and around Philadelphia, pioneers of cell and gene therapy – among other areas of biomedical and life science research – have leveraged the city’s human capital, institutional infrastructure, and transportation network (the “power of proximity” it was said) to support the innovation, commercialization, and manufacturing needs of this sector. 

The panel discussed a broad range of topics: reimagining the relationship between healthcare and research; addressing the demand for lab space and manufacturing facilities; meeting the need for flexible lab space; and recognizing the importance of accommodating the full life cycle of life science companies from incubation through growth, including the buy-or-build decision businesses invariably face as they reach new heights.

The social and economic benefits of the life science sector were highlighted as well, particularly in creating capacity for small, minority, and woman-owned businesses.

Thank you to our event sponsors – Allsteel and LERA Consulting Structural Engineers – and our annual sponsors for their continued support. Interested in watching the full discussion? A recording is available for purchase in SMPS Philadelphia’s Event Store.

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