The BIO International Convention is heading back to the tri-state area in 2019! Learn more about this top biotech cluster in the United States.
The Tri-State Area Biotech Hub
Philadelphia and the surrounding tri-state area possesses a remarkable biotechnology and life sciences community that is of vital economic importance to each state, and directly provides high-paying, technically-skilled jobs to nearly 183,000 professionals in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. These individuals are working tirelessly to help discover new cures and treatments for patients. They go to work every day at approximately 5,900 business establishments in the tri-state area, all with the shared common goal of helping patients in need of life-saving medications.
The region’s vast array of leading universities and research institutions fosters a collaborative environment. Join us in Philadelphia next June as more than 16,000 attendees from around the globe gather for unparalleled partnering, education, networking, and to see all that tri-state area has to offer.
You will be captivated by the 21st Century Renaissance City where an inspired, young, creative culture is blooming and partnering with innovators and educators. With a spirit of independence, the city and region are giving birth to a new generation of energized people designing this Modern Renaissance City.
Feel like a Philadelphian as you walk day and night through the vibrant streetscape and immerse yourself in America’s Old and New World. Picturesque and friendly streets are lined with parks, rivers, shops, public art, restaurants and museums. Everything is within walking distance from downtown.
Travel to Philadelphia
Philadelphia is at the center of it all. It is easy and affordable to get here. Philadelphia is conveniently located in the Northeast United States, just 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Washington, D.C., by train. Philadelphia International Airport serves more than 120 cities worldwide with 1,200 daily flights, including 120 international flights. The regional public transportation system provides quick and easy access to the city from the surrounding metropolitan area.
Only 100 miles from New York City and 130 miles from Washington, D.C., we’re not kidding when we say we’re in the center of it all.
- By plane: There are more than 525 daily nonstop flights to PHL. Once you’re here, it’s a 20-minute ride on the SEPTA Airport Line right at the airport or a 20-minute ride in a taxi to cover the 10 miles from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves every 30 minutes, and a one-way fare is $6.75 when you purchase a Quick Trip from the Fare Kiosk on the platform. The taxi ride costs a flat rate of $28.50.
- By train: Amtrak, Acela and commuter trains arrive at historic 30th Street Station throughout the day, placing passengers within a short walk of Center City. Philadelphia is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., via Acela Express.
- By bus: Megabus offers low-cost express bus routes throughout the Northeast Corridor.
- By car: Almost half of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of Philadelphia. Interstates 95 and 76, and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes, provide access from all points on the compass. Once you arrive, there are more than 40 parking lots and garages in Center City. Pay with cash or credit. For a printable map of downtown parking, visit philapark.org.
Getting Around Philadelphia
Philadelphia has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation, but it also has a top-notch mass transit system and more.
- Get oriented: Thanks to founder William Penn’s smart and simple grid street design, the heart of the city is easy to navigate. The Schuylkill and Delaware rivers border Center City’s 25 blocks on the west and east. Keep in mind that, south of Market Street, streets running east and west are named after trees while north and south streets are numbered.
- Check out the printable Center City map (pdf) or view our interactive city map for more information.
- Walking: First-rate dining, arts and entertainment, famous historic sites and tax-free clothing and shoes shopping are within steps of Center City hotels, so you’ll save on transportation. As you walk, you’ll notice color-coded directional signs that let you know what district you’re in and point you toward area attractions. And look for Center City District’s goodwill ambassadors, dressed in teal uniforms and equipped with maps, who are happy to give directions and answer questions.
- Public transportation: Base cash fare for SEPTA buses, trolleys and subways is $2.50; transfers are $1. Get the SEPTA Key Card and put money in the Travel Wallet and enjoy the discounted $2 fare when you tap to ride. For families on the go, the best travel value is the One Day Family Independence Pass for $30 (good for up to 5 people traveling together). Sightseeing solo? Try the One Day Individual Independence Pass for $13. Both provide unlimited travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation for a full day.
- Cab: There are more than 1,800 licensed and trained cabs in Philadelphia. Or download the Uber app to order a town car to your location.
- Philly PHLASH is the city’s seasonal transportation loop that makes it easy and convenient to get around to Philadelphia’s most popular attractions. The bus costs $5 for an all-day pass.
- By Bike/Segway: Check out Wheel Fun Rentals and Philadelphia Segway Tours for more information, or participate in Philly’s bike share program, Indego. With more than 100 stations located throughout the city, go for a ride and explore Philadelphia, then return your rented bike to any station location.