BIO 2019 Showcases Philadelphia as a City Where the Story of Gene Therapy has Come Full Circle

This week’s BIO 2019 in Philadelphia represents recognition for a city where a revolution in medicine is underway and the story of #GeneTherapy has come full circle 

Philadelphia’s emergence as a global leader in cell and gene therapy — and the coming wave of precision medicine in the FDA pipeline — will be highlighted in the next-generation biotherapeutics track at the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia.

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Jeffrey D. Marrazzo , Co-Founder and CEO of Spark Therapeutics shared his thoughts, stating “We think Philadelphia right now is probably an underappreciated center for potential biotechnology innovation and commercialization.”

The city had a rough start in cell and gene therapy many years ago when a man died during an experimental treatment. That event actually had a ripple effect causing people to give up on gene therapy around the world. True to the spirit and grit that is Philadelphia, local researchers never gave up, even when many others around the world did.

“It’s so fitting for Philadelphia to be the place where gene therapy is being resurrected,” shared Jim Greenwood, President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

This year’s BIO 2019 theme, It Starts with One, will highlight the impact that new genomic breakthroughs are making in the lives of patients.

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