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Maher Shines at Philadelphia Business Journal’s "The Future of Life Sciences" Panel

Updated: May 31



Anthony Maher, President of University Place Associates, recently participated in an engaging panel discussion titled "The Future of Life Sciences: Can biotech bounce back?"


Hosted by the Philadelphia Business Journal and moderated by Reporter Paul Schwedelson, the event brought together leading experts to delve into the future of life sciences in Philadelphia.




Joining Maher on the panel were notable figures including Nelson Way, Director of Leasing and Development at Ensemble Real Estate Investments; Pete Cramer, Vice President and Market Executive at Wexford Science & Technology; and Jeff DeVuono, Executive Vice President of the Life Science Division at Brandywine Realty Trust.


The panel tackled the pressing issue: "After developers rushed to build new lab space, tenant demand and new development has slowed down. What does that mean for the future of Philadelphia's life sciences sector and how will real estate developers respond?"


Anthony Maher offered a forward-thinking perspective on the current state and future potential of the life sciences sector in Philadelphia. He highlighted the importance of innovation and strategic collaboration to sustain growth and excitement in the sector.


Maher remarked, "The slowdown in tenant demand presents a unique opportunity for developers to pivot and focus on creating more flexible, sustainable, and technologically advanced lab spaces. This shift will not only meet the current needs but also attract future tenants who are looking for cutting-edge environments to foster their groundbreaking work. University City is poised to become a global hub for life sciences innovation, and we are committed to playing a pivotal role in this transformation."



Reflecting the exact type of development Maher envisions, University Place Associates recently completed 3.0 University Place in University City, Philadelphia. This state-of-the-art, sustainable lab and office building epitomizes Maher’s commitment to flexibility, sustainability, and technological advancement. Designed to meet LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum certifications, 3.0 University Place offers cutting-edge facilities tailored to the needs of life sciences companies, ensuring a conducive environment for innovation and growth.


UPA's vision led by Scott Mazo, voiced by Maher, underscores the potential for Philadelphia, especially University City, to become a leading center for life sciences innovation. His commitment to sustainability and advanced technology in lab space development reflects a proactive approach to the evolving demands of the sector.


As Philadelphia continues to navigate the challenges and opportunities within the life sciences sector, leaders like Anthony Maher are crucial in driving forward-thinking strategies and sustainable growth. The city’s potential as a global hub for life sciences remains bright, thanks in part to the visionary efforts of industry pioneers.

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