That news fueled an even bigger push to focus on the life sciences industry, and today the Greater Philadelphia region, which includes parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, is sending a clear message to this industry: It offers unique benefits that make doing business here a win-win situation for everybody.

So what are these benefits? Location is perhaps the most obvious advantage. "This region lies within an easy reach of the financial capital of New York City and the regulatory and political capital of Washington, DC. Europe is also easily accessed from this area, allowing companies to do business on two continents in the same day," says James F. Shannon, chief marketing officer of Select Greater Philadelphia (SGP), a non-profit organization that markets this 11-county region of Greater Philadelphia nationally and abroad. Those counties include New Castle in Delaware; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, and Salem in New Jersey;...

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