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Life Sciences Leaders to Lease Space at B.Labs, Powered by the PABC

Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 16, 2021 — Today, Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) and Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC) announced that B.Labs at Cira Centre has been 50% leased to notable life science companies. These companies are both new to the Philadelphia region and growing local companies and include BriaCell, Ceptur Therapeutics, Leal Therapeutics, and Vitara Biomedical, among others. Please read more here.

Biotech industry expert joins Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC) as director of Philadelphia’s B.Labs at Cira Centre

The nonprofit Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC), one of the nation’s most successful life sciences incubators, has recruited Matthew F. Burkhardt, a biotech industry expert and scientist, to be the first director of B.Labs at Cira Centre, a new life sciences incubator in University City, Philadelphia. Please read more here.

New president announced for the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC)

Louis P.  Kassa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the nonprofit Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC), will become the center’s president in July 2022. He will succeed Timothy M. Block, PhD, who made the announcement Sept. 27. Please read more here.

Tim Block to step down as president of Hepatitis B Foundation, Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center

The long-time president of the Hepatitis B Foundation and the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County is stepping down from both posts — but not until next summer. Timothy M. Block will continue to lead both Doylestown-based organizations until July 2022. Please read more here.

Sneak peek: Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center nears debut of $20M expansion in Bucks County

The Pennsylvania Biotechnology  Center of Bucks County's long-awaited $20 million expansion is set to make its debut next month. The project will house 15,000 square feet of new laboratory space and a "more welcoming" main entrance for the center, plus additional offices, conference rooms, and a 200-seat event space.  Please read more here

PABC Entrepreneur Spotlight to highlight three PABC-member companies for potential investors

On July 22, several hundred scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, biotech investors and others are expected to join online for the Seventh Annual “Entrepreneur Spotlight,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC). Please read more here

Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC) announces  $5 million investment from Bucks County Employees’ Retirement Board

The nonprofit PABC, one of the nation’s most successful life sciences incubators, today announced a major pledge by a local government agency to invest in the Hatch Biofund. The Bucks County Employees’ Retirement Board will invest up to $5 million in the Hatch Biofund, which supports PABC-member companies. Please read more here.

Blumberg Institute and the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University to promote MBA program

The Blumberg Institute and Saint Joseph’s University are announcing a new partnership between the Erivan K. Haub School of Business and Blumberg Institute to promote the University’s Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing MBA to industry professionals. The Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing MBA is an on-campus and online, industry-focused program. Please read more here.

PABC announces new collaboration and $10 million investment pledge from Daiichi Sankyo Inc.

March 31, 2021 – The nonprofit Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC), one of the nation’s most successful life sciences incubators, today announced a new collaboration that includes a pledge by Daiichi Sankyo to become an investor in the fund managed by Hatch Biofund Management LLC. Please read more here.

PABC chosen by Brandwine Real Estate Trust to develop, launch and manage new B.Labs in Philadelphia

March 24, 2021 - Brandywine Realty Trust (NYSE: BDN) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC), today announced B.Labs—a Life Science incubator at Cira Centre directly adjacent to Brandywine’s 14 acre $3.5 billion Schuylkill Yards neighborhood in University City, Philadelphia.  Please read more here

CBS3 TV ad featuring the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center with Lou Kassa

Dec. 2020 - Watch the ad here

Bucks County biotechnology center fosters innovations aimed at the pandemic

Dec. 18, 2020 - In the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, local scientists working in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, know even the smallest contributions make a real difference. Timothy Block, co-founder, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, the Hepatitis B Foundation and the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, said that..Please read more. 

Bucks business activity remains high even during pandemic

Dec. 17, 2020 - From scaling an idea to manufacturing and engineering it, accessing space for bio science research and development or launching a new business Bucks County’s resources are home growing the next frontier. Please read more. 

PABC's Lou Kassa named one of The 10 Best COOs of 2020

Doylestown, Nov. 19, 2020 – Louis P. Kassa, MPA, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, has been named one of “The 10 Best COOs of 2020” by Industry Era, a global technology media outlet. The list includes COOs from a wide variety of organizations worldwide. Please read more.

Pharmaceutical, financial industry experts lined up for free, online Annual Biotechnology Conference

 Oct. 6, 2020 – The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC) and the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute today announced the list of pharmaceutical and financial industry experts who will speak at their Annual Biotechnology Conference, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 3-5:30 p.m. Please read more.

Community celebrates $19 million expansion of Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Doylestown

 Sept 18, 2020 - Kicking a football through a ceremonial goalpost, Lou Kassa joined with founders and county officials to celebrate the launch of a $19 million expansion of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, a long-awaited project that is expected to bring more than 100 new jobs to the facility after its planned fall 2021 opening. Read more. 

$19M Expansion At Biotechnology Center In Buckingham Underway

 Sept 18, 2020 - Construction began this week on a $19 million expansion of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Buckingham Township. The PABC, which is on Old Easton Road next to the Doylestown Airport, has received $4.4 million in state grants from Pennsylvania for the project. Read more.

Philadelphia-area companies, researchers battling Covid-19 among recipients of $10 million in grants

August 28, 2020 - Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday (Aug. 27) announced the award of  23 grants totaling $10 million for R&D associated with COVID-19 to Pennsylvania universities and other organizations, and four are coming to the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC), a nonprofit that is one of the nation’s most successful life sciences incubators. Read more. 

PABC Entrepreneur Spotlight draws largest audience in its six-year history

July 30, 2020 – More than 150 professionals in the life sciences, investment and related fields participated in the Sixth Annual “Entrepreneur Spotlight” on July 23, which was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC). Read more.

From Fortune 500 to Startup, PharmExec feature put a spotlight on the PABC.

Michael Wong speaks to retired pharma exec Wayne Yetter (founding CEO of AstraMerck and former CEO of Novartis US) and Renold (Ren) Capocasale, CEO of FlowMetric Life Sciences, about making the transition from a Fortune 500 firm to a startup. Read more.

A Statement of Solidarity

June 4, 2020 - The tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery in recent weeks have highlighted institutional racism and injustice towards Black Americans and communities of color in the United States. We have seen lives tragically lost due to institutionalized racism and police brutality. Read more.

Research on COVID-19

April 24, 2020 -The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC) community has numerous companies engaged in research and development associated with COVID-19. Additionally, scientists with the nonprofit Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, which manages the PABC, are working on several projects that show promise for preventing and treating COVID-19. Read more.

Hatch Biofund to Launch Impact Fund to Advance COVID-19 

April 24, 2020 – Hatch Biofund Management LLC today announced that it was creating a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in advance of the first close of their Hatch Biofund I venture fund slated for this summer. The SPV will be formed by calling in some of the Hatch Biofund I $50 million funding early, in order to provide capital to promising companies located in the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC) that are working on therapeutics or diagnostics for the COVID-19 Virus. Read more.

It's 'all hands on deck' as Pennsylvania Biotech Center takes aim at COVID-19

The Baruch S. Blumberg Institute in Doylestown has joined the battle against the coronavirus.The nonprofit research organization, which focuses on hepatitis and liver cancer, is based at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County. Read more.

Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center’s Inaugural Vendor Expo a Success

February 7, 2020– The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center held its first ever Vendor Expo on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Fourteen vendors participated in the lunch time expo with participation from over 100 attendees from the PABC and general public. Read more.

Timothy M. Block, PhD, President of Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, Hepatitis B Foundation, its Baruch S. Blumberg Institute named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 100 ListNew Page

Nov. 8, 2019- Timothy M. Block, PhD, has been named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 100, a guide to the region’s most influential people.  Dr. Block is President and Founder of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, the national Hepatitis B Foundation, and its research arm, the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, located in Doylestown, PA. Read more.

Senator Santarsiero, Representative Ullman Announce RACP Grant for Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center

August 1, 2019: State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Wendy Ullman (D143) announced the award of a $500,000 state grant to the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County (PABC) through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. Read more.

“Entrepreneur Spotlight” Showcases Local Biotech Companies to Potential Investors, honors OrthogenRx founder Michael Daley as Entrepreneur of the Year

July 16, 2019: Nearly 100 area business leaders and biotech investors gathered on July 12 for the 5th Annual “Entrepreneur Spotlight” at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC) in Doylestown. Read more.

April 2019 - PA Biotechnology Center featured on Comcast Newsmakers

PA Biotechnology Center's Executive Vice President, Lou Kassa, was featured in a recent Comcast Newsmakers segment, talking about what makes our Center unique. Watch now >>

“Entrepreneur Spotlight” Showcases Local Biotech Companies to Potential Investors 

August 3, 2018: More than 100 area business leaders and biotech investors gathered on July 20 for the 4th Annual “Entrepreneur Spotlight” at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Doylestown. The Spotlight is a Shark Tank-style event showcasing companies based at the center to potential investors. Read more.

Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center Named One of Most Successful Life Sciences Incubators in United States

July 1, 2018: The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in Doylestown is one of the most successful life science incubators in the country, according to a report released on May 30th from the International Business Innovation Association.  Read more.

Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center Honors Pennsylvania Lawmakers

February 2018: Pennsylvania lawmakers who have lent support to the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center will have a permanent place of honor at the facility in recognition of their contributions to the success of the Center. Read more.

The Hepatitis B Foundation and Companies at PA Biotechnology Center Team Up for 11th Annual Food Drive

January 2018: For the 11th consecutive year the staff, scientists, students and entrepreneurs located within the PA Biotechnology Center in Doylestown generously donated non-perishable food items and monetary donations to help feed local community members in need. Read more.