Companies showed up at the UC Science Center because of the “booming CGT industry in Philadelphia.”

How acclaimed is Philly’s biotech sector? A walk through the first floor of Quorum on Wednesday gave a hint of its thriving stature.

The University City Science Center venue was packed to the brim with more than 30 major life sciences companies and organizations at the second annual Life Science Vendor Showcase. They were displaying all the new technologies and services their companies have to offer to support the local industry ecosystem.

One booth featured Thermo Fisher Scientific, a Massachusetts-based business that’s basically the “Amazon of science stores,” according to senior technical sales specialist Kristen Hightower. At the fair, Hightower was displaying quantitative PCR and flow cytometry instruments.

“With the biotech industry just blowing up, especially here in the Philadelphia area, it’s really important for us to be able to introduce ourselves to the new companies, the new people moving in,” Hightower told “We really want to be at the forefront of this cutting edge technology.”

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