Voucher sale brings $110M payday for Spark Therapeutics
By  – Senior Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal

Spark Therapeutics is taking advantage of a perk in a Food and Drug Administration program for a nine-figure payday.

The Philadelphia gene therapy company said Monday it has sold its rare pediatric disease priority review voucher to Jazz Pharmaceuticals for $110 million. Spark will receive the payment once the transaction closes.

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Vanguard donates $3M to Free Library of Philadelphia for child literacy
By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer @erinarvedlund

The Free Library of Philadelphia received the largest corporate grant in its history from the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids Program, the library said on Thursday.

The $3 million grant over three years aims to improve early childhood literacy and language development in low-income communities by partnering with local child care sites.

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Ahead of CPhI North America a delegation of Irish companies with services in the Pharma space are visiting Phildelphia, supported by Enterprise Ireland.

Come along on Monday April 23rd to meet innovators in the Irish Pharma space and network. Click HERE to register.




The first 25 entrepreneurs singled out for recognition on the listing are:

J. Bruce Boucher, Eagle Fence Company, Philadelphia, PA

Kathleen Brunner, Acumen Analytic, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Joseph Callahan, Ciright, Conshohocken, PA

Maggie Calpin, Nibbles & Bits, Scranton, PA

Séamus Canning, Canning Electric, San Francisco, CA

Keith Carney, FedNet, Alexandria, VA

Christine Carroll, Crossing Vineyards, Newtown, PA

Thomas Coffey, United Floral Service, Philadelphia, PA

Kevin Connor, Modern Strategic Branding, North Wales, PA

Dan Cronin, Chorus Communications, New York, NY

Mike Daley, OrthogenRX, Doylestown, PA

Noel Fleming, Conley Fleming, Philadelphia, PA

Jack Glacken, TGI – Today’s Graphics Inc, Philadelphia, PA

Colm Grealy, Adforce.com, New York, NY

Ronald C. Kerins Jr., Greyhawk, Melville, NY

Helen Lennon, Secure Broadcast, New York, NY

Jim Logue, ThermOmegaTech, Warminster, PA

David McLaughlin, QuantaVerse, Wayne, PA

Robert Mendte, Service Network Design, Lansdale, PA

Paul Murtagh, Murtagh Construction, Newtown Square, PA

Mary Ann Pierce, MAP Digital, New York, NY

Erin Reilly, Pop! Promos, Philadelphia, PA

Frank Reynolds, PixarBio, Fort Lee, NJ

Susan Stipa, McDay LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Ed Sullivan, Trust Exchange, Drexel Hill, PA