As long overdue change takes shape and the number of women in the biotech industry continues to grow, it is important to recognize those that have created the path for the next generation of diverse leaders. BioBuzz wishes to acknowledge the incredible contributions and efforts of women who have made their mark on the industry.
Philadelphia has seen a 127% increase in cell and gene therapy employment since 2019.
That eye-popping stat comes from the University City Science Center’s 2022 report Greater Philadelphia Cell and Gene Therapy Workforce Update, a follow up to the 2020 Cell and Gene Therapy and Connected Health Workforce Analysis study. It translates to potentially thousands of open roles in the region known by the branding obsessed as Cellicon Valley.
And yet, that stat doesn’t necessarily mean Philadelphians in need of wages that would support a higher quality of life are trained for those available life science jobs — or even know they exist.
A Friday morning panel called “Workforce Development in the Life Sciences: Building Skills, Diversity and Education in Philadelphia and Beyond” during the 2022 B.PHL Innovation Fest dove into the barriers and opportunities for the life science industry’s workforce.
Phil Brooks, director of STEM workforce partnerships at the Science Center, and Tia Lyles-Williams, founder and CEO of both LucasPye Bio and HelaPlex, both sat on the panel moderated by Lauren Swartz, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.
Brooks’ work centers on exposure to professional opportunities through workforce development programs. Lyles-Williams said HelaPlex, a forthcoming Philly life…
The buzz around the summit was one of enthusiasm as Philly strives to join the top tier of life sciences hub in the country. The life sciences scene in Philly is growing and may soon be approaching an inflection point preceding rapid growth, reminiscent of 1990s Boston. The Summit examined the dynamic Philly landscape as a whole, both celebrating recent successes and talk about the hurdles that must be overcome for the ecosystem to truly thrive.
Aron Starosta, Ph.D. Joins University City Science Center As Vice President, Commercialization and New Ventures
ARON STAROSTA, PH.D. JOINS UNIVERSITY CITY SCIENCE CENTER AS VICE PRESIDENT, COMMERCIALIZATION AND NEW VENTURES