Leading Life Science

February 24, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
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$15 Registration for SMPS Members
$30 Registration for Non-Members

1.0 CEU (AIA and SMPS)

Philadelphia shows no signs of relinquishing its place atop the national leaders in life sciences real estate and development. JLL has reported the Philadelphia market acts as a global anchor for the life sciences industry, while CBRE recently noted the city’s rapid ascension in the ranks of the country’s premier life sciences markets. Greater Philadelphia ranks among the top five metropolitan areas for National Institutes of Health funding, and the intensity of private investment continues unabated. In recent months, for example, developer J. Brian O’Neill paid $103 million for the former GlaxoSmithKline complex in Upper Merion with plans to build a network of life science space, and Silverstein Properties announced a $56 million investment in the development of 3.0 University Place, a proposed 250,000-square-foot life sciences building in University City.

Please join us for this moderated discussion of the local life sciences sector from a diverse range of panelist perspectives: architectural design, healthcare operations, and real estate investment. Our panelists will examine the value proposition offered in both the city and suburbs; discuss the latest amenities sought by life science tenants; and explore the origin and evolution of life science companies in Philadelphia and their deep connection to university and healthcare institutions in the region.


Mayva Donnon
KSS Architects

Mayva is drawn to architecture because of the opportunities it presents to tackle a breadth of challenges demanding both creative and practical solutions. Through her ability to balance the technical aspects of architectural practice with the human side of design, Mayva has led several of KSS’ most noted projects building many of the firm’s lasting client relationships both in the Philadelphia region and nationally. As one of the key design voices in the firm, she is dedicated to fostering collaborations among staff, consultants, clients, and other strategic partners to create innovative and inclusive design solutions.



Mark Seltzer
Senior VP, Development, East Region

Mark’s extensive background in commercial real estate includes 20+ years in the public and private sectors. Operating out of Ensemble’s Philadelphia office, he serves as a key member of their executive team to lead the vision, strategy, and execution of development opportunities in the East Coast region. Previously, Mark was vice president of leasing and property development for Liberty Property Trust, where he was responsible for development, leasing, and dispositions. During his tenure with Liberty, he oversaw 1.6 million square feet of commercial real estate activity at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and managed the company’s relationship with the Navy Yard’s public sector development partner, PIDC.

Dominique Casimir, MBA
VP, Real Estate

Thomas Jefferson
Health & University Sys.

Dominique has been a rising force in the Philadelphia commercial real estate industry for the past 15+ years.  At Jefferson, where she is in charge of the lease portfolio, real estate acquisitions and dispositions, and optimizing assets, Dominique manages 15 million square feet valued at $6.5 billion. Previously, she was the deputy commissioner of the City of Philadelphia’s real estate management division and was responsible for overseeing and managing its extensive portfolio. Her impressive resume includes serving as a first vice president of transaction and advisory services for CBRE, the world’s largest global real estate firm, and pivotal positions with Cushman & Wakefield, Concordis Real Estate, and the Leon Sullivan Charitable Trust where she assisted with redevelopment needs in West and North Philadelphia neighborhoods.  Dominique leased and/or sold over 1 million square feet during her tenure at these firms. 

Pete Cramer
Director of Development
Wexford Science + Technology

For over six years, Pete has grown his real estate career at Wexford. As director of development, he actively manages the marketing, leasing, financing, operation, and construction of uCity Square, Wexford’s project in the Philadelphia market. uCity Square is an 8.0 million-square-foot mixed-use development project located in West Philadelphia and University City from 34th to 38th along Market Street and north to Lancaster and Powelton Avenues. Specific buildings that Wexford manages include 3711 Market, 3737 Market, 3675 Market, and 3401 Market. Currently, Pete is helping lead the development of nearly 1.4 million square feet of new space, valued at over $750 million, and made up of five separate projects. Pete graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. He is an active member and leader at the Urban Land Institute, currently co-chairing the chapter’s investment committee.

Audrey Greenberg

The Discovery Labs

Audrey is co-founder of The Discovery Labs, an ecosystem for streamlining the path to commercialization for cell and gene therapies. Their flagship site in King of Prussia offers 1.6 million square feet of GMP and R&D space as well as pharma services through their contract development and manufacturing organization, the Center for Breakthrough Medicines, and shared lab space through their incubator, Unite IQ. Her 25-year career with private equity, investment banking and public accounting includes some of the largest and most successful asset managers in the world. She was recently selected by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the region’s top life science trailblazers and by Main Line Today as a 2020 Power Woman. Audrey, who received an MBA from The Wharton School and is a CPA licensed in Illinois, has been involved with several non-profit boards including the King of Prussia Business District.

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