Philly daily roundup: Jason Bannon leaves Ben Franklin; $26M for narcolepsy treatment; Philly Tech Calendar turns one

Plus, do you owe Philly's school income tax?

A panel session at BioLabs Philadelphia's investor day at the Curtis Building in Center City (Sarah Huffman/

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New VP at Philly Chamber is a tech industry pro

Jason Bannon recently left his role as VP of marketing and communications at Ben Franklin Technology Partner of Southeastern PA after 10 years with the organization. He’s joining the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia as its new senior vice president of marketing and communications.

For Bannon, his work is all about building relationships and “soft connections.” This move came from Bannon’s wanting to expand on that collaboration work and bring it to Philly’s wider business community,

➡️ Read more about Bannon’s reflections from the last decade at Ben Franklin

Civil rights meets networking at this conference

National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) is the young adult version of the historic civil rights organization Urban League, which focuses on financial empowerment for Black Americans and other underserved communities.

The 5th Annual NULYP Eastern Regional Conference, also known as #bEastCon, will take place from April 26 to 28 in Wilmington Delaware. It’s civil rights meets networking and professional development and will introduce young professionals to Wilmington.

➡️ Get more info about the conference and why NUYLP chose Wilmington to host

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Philadelphia is partnering with the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund to focus on racial wealth equity and Black Philadelphians as part of the CityStart Initiative, a program that provides tools to help communities become financially stable. [CFE Fund]

• Plymouth Meeting-based Harmony Biosciences agreed to pay French  pharmaceutical company Bioprojet $25.5 million for the rights to a potential new treatment for narcolepsy. The deal could end up being worth $393 million. [Philly Biz Journal/]

• Hilco Redevelopment Partners started installing concrete panels for the first buildings in the Bellwether District, a forthcoming innovation and manufacturing campus at the former PES Refinery site. The South Philly development project launched in October and HRP expects to start structural steel construction later this month. [PR Newswire]

• Happy first birthday to the Philly Tech Calendar! Creator Joe Woods started the project as a tool to spread the word about meetups post-pandemic and bring the local tech community together. [Joe Woods Blog/]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Coffee and Code at Philly is hosting its weekly meetup on Saturday April 20 at 1 p.m.  [More Details]

• PACT is hosting its annual Phorum Technology Conference on April 30 at Live! Casino and Hotel [Register Here]


Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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