PHILADELPHIA‐‐(January 20, 2010) – Saul Behar has joined the University City Science Center as Vice President and General Counsel. Behar has worked for the Science Center as a consultant since January 2009. He reports directly to Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., the Science Center’s President and CEO. In addition to his role as General Counsel, Behar also has responsibility for government relations at the federal, state and city levels.
Behar brings to his new position nearly 25 years of experience as an attorney, senior executive and strategic advisor, managing sophisticated corporate, real estate and securities transactions for both early‐stage and established companies in diverse fields. Most recently, Behar was a partner at Wolf Block LLP in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel at Provident Senior Living Trust, a privately owned real estate investment trust based in Princeton, New Jersey that owned 68 senior housing facilities in 19 states. Before joining Provident, Behar served as General Counsel at Keystone Property Trust, an NYSE‐listed real estate investment trust headquartered in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania that focused on industrial real estate. Provident and Keystone were highly successful real estate firms that were acquired by the leading companies in their industry sectors.
Earlier, Behar served as a senior in‐house counsel at Pep Boys in Philadelphia. He began his career at Dechert Price & Rhoads (now Dechert LLP) in Philadelphia, working on corporate and real estate matters.
Behar received an A.B., cum laude and with distinction, from Cornell University in 1983 and a J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School in 1986. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.
About the Science Center
The University City Science Center accelerates technology commercialization, regional economic development, and the market availability of life‐enhancing scientific breakthroughs by bringing together innovations, scientists, entrepreneurs, funding, laboratory facilities, and business services. Established in 1963 and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, the Science Center was the first, and remains the largest, urban research park in the United States. Graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. For more information about the Science Center, go to www.sciencecenter.org.