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Using a Drone to Assess Historic Buildings

Session 3B | 1:50 - 2:50 PM

Life Science Development and Design

Session 2B | 11:50 - 12:50 PM


A Life Science panel discussion focused on the current Innovation and Development that is bringing life science and real estate communities together to Philadelphia. Discussions will be focused around the key drivers of the life science industry in Philadelphia (its opportunity and potential), and the opportunities and challenges of life science real estate development and design in the region.


  1. Discussing challenges within the current marketplace as it pertains to both Design, Construction and Life Science Real Estate Development
  2. Discover and raising awareness of current and future Life Science Real Estate Projects along the Eastern Corridor
  3. Deepen understanding of the requirements for Life Science Real Estate

Meet the Speakers

Nancy J Kelley

Nancy J Kelley, JD, is a nationally recognized executive who has driven key strategic initiatives in science and medicine for over 20 years. She has a deep understanding of the healthcare, life science and research fields and has in-depth knowledge of the related legal, business, government, non-profit and academic sectors in NYC and across the country.

Ms. Kelley’s prior leadership history includes work in scientific institutions, life science companies and life sci-ence real estate development. She is a Founding Member of NYC Builds BIO+. She is a member of the Founding Leadership team of the international scientific project GP-write and the associated Center of Excellence for Engineering Biology, and helped to launch the Biodesign Challenge. Ms. Kelley was the Founding Executive Director of the New York Genome Center and a lead executive in the development of the East River Science Park (now, Alexandria Life Science Center) in Manhattan. She has overseen major development projects for clients such as Harvard’s McLean Hospital, NIH, Johns Hopkins, and MIT.

Ms. Kelley also acquired years of experience in growing life science companies from start-up through development into established enterprises as a former corporate securities partner at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Hale). Ms. Kelley has served on Boards for the New York Genome Center, The Jackson Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Whitehead Institute. She holds an AS from Manchester Community College, a BA from Yale College, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School. She has been appointed both a White House Fellow and Truman Scholar.


Daniel Maldonado

Daniel is a Senior Management Executive with local and international experience in operations, strategic planning, commercial and contractual analysis, and business development in the construction industry. At DPR he is responsible for leading the company’s strategies to increase sales and market share across technical sectors in the tri-state area including Life Science, Healthcare and Advanced Technology. Over $315M in projects are currently under leadership.

Daniel holds undergraduate degrees in structural and civil engineering from the National University of Salta, Argentina; and master’s degrees in project management and business administration from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, and Austral University, Argentina respectively. He graduated from the Partnership for New York City’s David Rockefeller Fellows Program in New York City. He is a board member at the Van Alen Institute and several others.

Phil Burkett

As a Principal Architect and Co-Owner of Meyer Architects, Phil leads Meyer’s National Practice Group for the Corporate and Life Science Sectors. Phil is well regarded for his out-of-the-box thinking, can do attitude, and willingness to take on architectural challenges. Phil has deep relationships within the real estate industry in cities across the country. He is nationally recognized within the NAIOP organization. Locally, he is invested in the community by serving on several boards and advisory committees, and teaching in the architectural program at Thomas Jefferson University. His interests within architecture include the LEED and WELL programs.

Neil Brazitis

Neil Brazitis joined Newmark in 2006 and is currently a senior managing director in the firm’s Philadelphia office. In this position, Neil provides strategic real estate advisory services to both tenant and landlords in the Greater Philadelphia region. He has been involved in over 3+ million square feet of commercial real estate transactions.

Neil’s production has allowed him to rapidly advance to senior managing director in less than ten years. He has represented a wide range of tenants including financial, TAMI, institutional, healthcare and non-profit clients in negotiating and securing commercial space. He is highly regarded for his extensive market knowledge. Neil closely tracks and monitors every building and tenant in the Philadelphia CBD market, which allows him to provide his clients with real time market data.

In the past five years, Neil has ranked among Newmark’s top five producers in the Greater Philadelphia region. He has also been invited to Newmark’s National Top Producers celebration for the past five years. Neil received Newmark’s award for the largest revenue increase in 2010 and largest office transaction in 2012, and he received the firm’s Rising Star Award in 2014.

He has been involved in nearly 1 million square feet of non-profit and healthcare related transactions.

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