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Our biggest annual event 10/30

Posted by: Bernie Dagenais on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:10:00 am

The Main Line Chamber of Commerce has been fortunate to have featured some outstanding business leaders at our Red Carpet Dinner in recent years. Philadelphia Eagles President Don Smolenski, QVC President & CEO Mike George and Independence Blue Cross President & CEO Daniel Hilferty come to mind.  

Our 2019 featured interview to be conducted on Oct. 30 will be with someone who leads a company that is not as much of a household name but nonetheless life-transforming for individuals who are literally being cured of blindness, as well as representative of a lively life sciences/health care sector in Greater Philadelphia. 

The event this year will feature Jeff Marrazzo, CEO and Co-Founder of Spark Therapeutics, the developer of a revolutionary genetic cure for a specific form of blindness. Spark is set to be acquired by Roche in a $4.3 billion deal, but will continue to operate as its own entity after the sale 

Using research developed at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Spark’s first product is called Luxterna, a one-time treatment and cure for individuals with an inherited retinal disease caused by gene mutations. The mapping the human genome 20 years ago laid the groundwork for this first FDA-approved genetic therapy 

Greater Philadelphia has seen a series of wins in the life science world in recent years, fueled in part by investments from cost-effective economic development groups. Ben Franklin Technology Partners Southeastern Pennsylvania has invested more than $1.5 million in 19 health-related companies in the past two years – typically going in at a critical early stage and working with investment partnersBioAdvance, originally funded by national tobacco settlement dollars paid to states, has 30 companies in its portfolio and 11 drug products under development.  

Find out more about the Red Carpet Dinner by visiting our website here. 

Putting ideas On the Table 

When The Philadelphia Foundation asked our Chamber to participate in On the Table, an initiative of The Philadelphia Foundation and the Knight Foundation, we knew we were well-equipped to help out. On the Table is based on the simple premise that conversation is powerful and sitting down over a meal can create potentially transformative connections. Chamber Chairwoman Kim Landry, and the leaders at BTC Marketing where she works, are bringing together a group of leaders over breakfast on Oct. 17 to talk about some of the poverty that exists but is often not readily apparent throughout the Main Line. The Philadelphia Foundation is pledging $50,000 to help implement ideas that come out of the discussions across the region. We are pleased to be “At the Table.” Find out more on social media using #OnTheTablePHL 

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