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Translational Research Lab at the
University of Pennsylvania

125 South 31st Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104

The University of Pennsylvania Medical School is one of the largest recipients of NIH grants

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The Translational Research Laboratory at U Penn is located in one of America's largest biotechnology clusters. The state of Pennsylvania was the one of the largest recipients of NIH grants in fiscal 2007, receiving almost $1.4 billion. Additionally the University of Pennsylvania Medical School was the second largest recipient of NIH grants, receiving more than $451 million in FY 2007.

Along with being one of the largest recipients of NIH grants, Pennsylvania offers many strengths that support the bioscience sector:

  • A location in the bio-pharma corridor - 80% of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies are within a 50-mile radius of Philadelphia - providing access to a deep scientific talent pool, exceptional managers and partners for the region's biotechnology companies
  • Close proximity to the world's financial center in New York City
  • Close proximity to the U.S. regulatory center in Washington, D.C.
  • One of the easiest springboard's in the U.S. to the European markets
  • Strong allied skills - ancillary industries and a robust service provider network that supports the growth of the industry.

Pennsylvania has also instituted innovative programs for the biosciences that include:

  • The Life Sciences Greenhouse Initiative, which provides a flexible mechanism for seed funding and the commercialization of biotechnology and other life sciences business opportunities by accelerating technology transfer, enhancing collaboration, and attracting new business
  • Keystone Innovation Zones, geographically-designated zones of opportunity and innovation, designed to harness resources made available through partnerships formed by a combination of institutions of higher education, private businesses, business support organizations, commercial lending institutions, and venture capital networks including angel investors and foundations
  • The Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) program, through which research grants are awarded to Pennsylvania healthcare institutions, colleges, universities and non-profit health organizations
  • Expanded R&D tax credits, with a tradability provision