DCED Officials Prepare to Showcase the Life Science Industry as Pennsylvania Will Host the 2015 BIO International Convention

Harrisburg, PA – Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin and senior staff will head to the 2015 BIO International Convention, June 15-18, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, to showcase Pennsylvania as a leader in the life science industry.

“The commonwealth boasts more than 2,300 businesses and employs more than 78,000 Pennsylvanians in the life science sector,” said Sec. Davin. “The life science industry offers high-paid jobs for Pennsylvania and the industry is a major driver of economic growth for the commonwealth. The 2015 BIO International Convention will serve as an important avenue for the commonwealth to continue to attract businesses and showcase our assets to a national and international audience.”

The BIO International Convention attracts more than 15,000 industry leaders from 50 states and 70 countries, highlighting the latest advancements in biotechnology. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) officials will be on-site through the duration of the Convention meeting with biotech and pharma companies, research institutions, and other industry leaders to showcase Pennsylvania’s assets to the industry.

Philadelphia will host the Convention for the first time since 2005, bringing an estimated average economic impact of more than $43 million in direct spending, tax revenue, and hotel stays to the region. For more information about DCED’s support of the life science industry, visit www.newPA.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED, 717-783-1132



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