We Work for Health – and so do many others

We Work for Health – and so do many others

by Scott Smith, GSK Business Coalitions & Advocacy

Multimedia from this Release

Audience members engage using social media and the hastag #PAWWFH

Senator Toomey takes a tour of our new digs at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

From left to right, Jack Bailey, Senator Toomey and Ray Milora have a laugh on the 4th floor overlooking the atrium.

Jack Bailey, on the left, and Senator Toomey, on the right, paused before the We Work for Health PA event.

Senator Toomey talks about how valuable the biotechnology industry is to Pennsylvania's economy.

Jack Bailey makes welcoming remarks to invited guests and GSK employees on the cat walk.

That's not multitasking, that's our social media team at work!

Senator Toomey expresses jealousy of the GSK employees who get to work in this beautiful building

Chris Molineaux facilitates the panel discussion about opportunities to grow PA's biopharmaceutical industry

Bill George (pictured on far right) shares his passion for the biotech industry.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 3:00pm

CONTENT: Multimedia with summary

It was a packed house this morning at GSK’s facility at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, where we hosted a We Work for Health PA event with distinguished guests including U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA). 

Together with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of CommercePennsylvania Bio, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry,Pennsylvania We Work For Health, and the Pharmaceutical Industry Labor Management Association, we brought together about 75 business leaders, policy makers and non-profit leaders to discuss the sector's economic impact and opportunities for growth. 

Guests and GSK employees heard remarks from Jack Bailey, our SVP of policy, payers, and vaccines, and Senator Toomey. “My job is to be a champion for the life sciences,” said Senator Toomey who talked about all the exciting work happening in our industry in Pennsylvania. Chris Molineaux, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Bio, facilitated a panel discussion about the importance of the industry to its suppliers. Highlights of the summit can be viewed here.  

To understand the economic impact of our industry, consider this: every job within the biopharmaceutical industry is responsible for adding four additional jobs in the US. In Pennsylvania, about 212,000 jobs are directly and indirectly linked to the biopharmaceutical industry.

The summit focused on how we can help encourage public policies that strengthen our industry and support those that we work with to ensure we can continue to develop, manufacture and deliver medical innovation to patients in Pennsylvania, the US, and around the world.