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Life Sciences Pennsylvania moving headquarters to King of Prussia

December 14, 2021

Source, Philadelphia Business Journal

After more than a decade in Wayne, Life Sciences Pennsylvania is moving its headquarters to Discovery Labs in King of Prussia.

Chris Molineaux, the CEO of the life sciences industry trade group, said the move is being made in part to accommodate the organization’s growing membership, which now includes more than 860 pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, contract research and related companies.

Molineaux said Life Sciences Pa. also wanted to secure a “prime spot” at Discovery Labs, a project he described as “the rapidly rising innovation hub of southeastern Pennsylvania.”

Life Sciences Pa., which has a staff of 13 employees, will occupy 7,300 square feet at Discovery Labs beginning in late February. The organization is currently located at 650 E. Swedesford Road.

MLP Ventures’ Discovery Labs 200-acre campus — designed to house and support cell and gene therapy developers and other life sciences companies — totals roughly 1.6 million square feet consisting of GlaxoSmithKline’s former research complex off Swedeland Road and nearby buildings it owns in the Renaissance Corporate Center. A major future tenant of the site will be the University of Pennsylvania’s gene therapy program, which has leased 150,000 square feet of space at Discovery Labs.

“The new headquarters will provide more resources to best serve our membership in an easily accessible location,” Molineaux said.

He noted the building’s amenities include conference rooms, a training center, a 200-person auditorium, cafeteria, fitness center and its outside grounds for events.

Pa. Rep. Tim Briggs, D-149, whose district includes the Discovery Labs site, said he was pleased Life Sciences Pennsylvania chose to move its headquarters to King of Prussia. “As a co-chair of the Pennsylvania House Life Sciences Caucus I recognize the importance of our innovative life sciences community to patients and the commonwealth’s economy,” Briggs said.

Founded in 1989, Life Sciences Pa.’s mission is to ensure Pennsylvania has a business and public policy climate that makes the state an attractive location to open and operate a life sciences company.