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From medical research and laboratory testing to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, Pennsylvania has become an epicenter for life sciences companies. Our nearly $50 billion life sciences ecosystem is driven by world-class R&D institutions, top-notch universities and incubators, technical assistance, and strategic investments in venture capital, technology, and infrastructure. In fact, Pennsylvania is among the top states in key measures of bioscience R&D and innovation, including academic R&D, NIH research funding, venture capital investments, and patenting.
And for those just starting a life science business, Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is supported by organizations like the Life Sciences Greenhouses, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and the PA Business One-Stop Shop so that the next great medical innovations are developed and produced here in Pennsylvania.
Major industry leaders like GlaxoSmithKline and AmerisourceBergen have established headquarters in the commonwealth, and other well-known businesses like Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, Bayer Healthcare, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and 2,300 other life science establishments have a presence in Pennsylvania. Find out why yours should be here too.
In 2018, AmerisourceBergen announced it selected Montgomery County, Pennsylvania as the location to expand its national headquarters. The company selected Pennsylvania for several reasons, including its advantageous location, strong business climate, and talented workforce.
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The Pennsylvania Life Sciences Greenhouse initiative operates across a network of three regional life sciences organizations. These organizations support the development and growth of the life science ecosystem through critical early-stage funding and sector-specific business expertise.
The BFTP are a national model for technology-based economic development programs. BFTP provides both early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers with funding, business and technical expertise, and access to a network of innovative, expert resources.
University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Innovation facilitates technology transfer from university research to the private sector through licensing, R&D alliances, and other commercial partnering opportunities. Opportunities exist in a broad range of sectors, including nanotechnology, electronic materials, robotics, computer information systems, bioengineering, medical devices, and more.
The Innovation Partnership helps Pennsylvania-based companies secure federal funding opportunities through the SBIR/STTR programs. It is a statewide consortium of economic development, business assistance, and higher education organizations that provide early-stage technology companies with free proposal writing assistance, training, and financial assistance.
The University City Science Center is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization helping healthcare and tech startups commercialize and scale up their technologies. Convening members of the innovation ecosystem from across industry, academia, and finance, the Science Center helps mobilize capital, cultivates STEM talent, and supports the ongoing growth of the life sciences industry.
The Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh are part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the Center for Wheelchairs and Assistive Robotics Engineering. HERL’s work improves the mobility and function of people with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation.
Deputy Secretary of Technology & Innovation
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