Driving across the rolling Allegheny Mountains as you make your way from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, the surprisingly dense, lush stretches of trees might make you wonder if such a rural state could be a hub of any kind. Pennsylvania, however, is not only a leader in biomedical sciences education, but has a thriving biotechnology industrial sector as well. Indeed, the former Quaker State has come a long way since its founding though a land grant to Englishman and Quaker William Penn in 1681.

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