Each and every one of us plays an important role in helping Americans gain and maintain access to life saving medicines, in order to fight chronic disease and to live longer, healthier lives.  

Currently, WWFH Pennsylvania is a network of 50+ life science companies, business and labor groups, and patient/community organizations that seek to educate our elected leaders, the news media and our communities about the important economic and social contributions of the life sciences industry.  

We stand together on critical public policy issues that allow the life sciences sector and the surrounding community to thrive, so that together we can:

  • Foster an environment for increased economic development and service as a positive economic driver for Pennsylvania
  • Lead in the research and development of new cures which make a difference in the quality of life for Pennsylvanians and millions of Americans
  •  Invest effectively in our communities, our patients our employees, our businesses and community partners

The biopharmaceutical sector is the foundation of one of Pennsylvania’s most dynamic innovation and business ecosystems. Not only does the industry invest heavily in the research and development of new treatments and cures, it also generates high quality jobs, powers economic output and exports for the U.S. economy and sustains a very large-scale supply chain.


Supporting High Quality Jobs in Pennsylvania

The innovative biopharmaceutical sector directly supported 43,569 jobs in Pennsylvania in 2015. These jobs are often high-skill, high-wage professions.

The industry also supported another 241,704 jobs indirectly, for a total of about 285,273 jobs across the Pennsylvania economy. These additional jobs are with vendors and suppliers such as construction companies and I.T. companies, and jobs generated by the sector’s employees such as day care centers and restaurants.

Pennsylvania workers whose jobs were supported by the biopharmaceutical sector paid a total of $4.6 billion in personal taxes in 2015—$4.0 billion in federal taxes and $561.9 million in state taxes.

Pennysylvania's Economic Impact

In 2015, the biopharmaceutical sector supported $78.8 billion in economic output for the state of Pennsylvania—including $33.4 billion generated directly by the sector, and another $45.4 billion through its vendors and suppliers and through the economic activity of its workforce.

Direct Output per Direct Employee in 2015

$33.4 Billion
$45.4 Billion
$78.8 Billion

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Elected Officials


Business/Economic Development Partners

Allegheny Conference

Bio Advance

Citizens to Protect PA Jobs

Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry

Delaware County's Brandywine CVB

Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Life Sciences Pennsylvania

MidAtlantic Russian Business Council


Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association

Pittsburgh Technology Council

TechQuest/Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania

The Hispanic Center of Pittsburgh

The Main Line Chamber

Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central PA

Select Greater Philadelphia

University City Science Center

Health Advocacy Partners

Action Aids

Alder Health

American Liver Foundation Allegheny Division

American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic


COPD Foundation

Delaware Valley Community Health

Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania

Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania

Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania

Leukemia and Lymphoma of Central Pennsylvania

Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania

NAMI of Pennsylvania

National Kidney Foundation of Delaware Valley

Mental Health Association of Pennsylvania

Mental Health Association of SEPA

Pennsylvania Grange

Pennsylvania Homecare Association

Pennsylvania Nurses Association

Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioners

Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

United Way of Pennsylvania

Uplifting Athletes

Women of Hope and Faith

Labor Partners

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

Plumbers Union 690

Sheet Metal Workers Local 19


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2017 We Work For Health Summit
2017 We Work For Health Summit

Watch and learn why some of our PA partners attend the annual We Work For Health Summit

Watch and learn why some of our PA partners attend the annual We Work For Health Summit

2014 WWFH PA Vendor Summit
2014 WWFH PA Vendor Summit

The 2014 We Work For Health PA Summit gathered business leaders at GSK's Navy Yard facility to discuss the economic impact of the biopharmaceutical industry.

The 2014 We Work For Health PA Summit gathered business leaders at GSK's Navy Yard facility to discuss the economic impact of the biopharmaceutical industry.