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Science and the Super Bowl

Pa. and Mass. biotech associations wager on the Eagles-Patriots game.

Football pictured on grass field

When it’s Super Bowl week, everyone has something to say - even scientific trade associations. 


The science and biotech community isn’t known for trash-talking, but Life Sciences Pennsylvania made it personal when it proposed a wager with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. The bet includes a food and beer swap, plus the customary wearing of the other team’s jersey.


“Since the Eagles are going to win the Super Bowl, I will place my order with you now for some clam chowder from the Union Oyster House,” Life Sciences Pennsylvania CEO Chris Molineaux wrote in a letter to the CEO of MassBio.




A representative from the losing state must wear the winning team’s jersey and do a walk of shame at an upcoming scientific industry conference. In addition, if Philadelphia wins, they get clam chowder and a case of beer from Boston’s Harpoon Brewing Co. If New England wins, they’ll enjoy cheesesteaks and case of beer from Philadelphia's Yards Brewing Co.


CSL Behring is a member of Life Sciences Pennsylvania and our U.S. headquarters in King of Prussia is just a stone’s throw from Philadelphia. You might imagine Eagle spirit is flying high on our campus. And it is, with a notable exception.


Our site head, Executive Vice President of Quality and Business Services Karen Etchberger, hails from New England and will not be rooting for the E-A-G-L-E-S. We asked her for a pre-game comment and here’s what she said.


“Yo Eagles fans! Here’s to a good game and hoping that the halftime show isn’t the highlight of the evening. It’s been 13 years since our last Super Bowl meeting - a lot has changed, but a lot has stayed the same (Tom Brady).  GO PATS!!!” 


Read more about the Pennsylvania-Massachusetts wager here.