Members and friends of Virginia Bio,
It is a key part of our mission and a true joy at
Virginia Bio to gather, shape and tell the powerful story of the bioscience
community in Virginia. One aspect,
frequently underappreciated, is the rich and diverse offerings our members mount
to educate and connect Virginians with one another and the world.
We are honored and excited to promote our members’
significant events among our membership and our followers, and we regularly do
so on our website. Please take a moment
to familiarize yourself with our Community Calendar.
Attend some of these great events as well as our Virginia Bio events,
learn, benefit, contribute and help us further develop the bioscience community
in the Commonwealth.
Here’s a snapshot taken today of some of the significant
events planned by members across the state over the next eight weeks with
national and international profile and scope. Not to mention, our many Virginia
Bio events. More details and appropriate member site links are on our Community Calendar.
September 16 –
The Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery launches its annual Seminar
Series on campus in Blacksburg with the first of four Fall seminars. Speakers are top researchers and
entrepreneurs from across the country, and this Fall includes the Executive
Director of the Yale Molecular Discovery Center, the President of the Torrey
Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and the President of FirstString
Research, commercializing technology developed in VTCRI labs. The details and schedule can be found here.
September 19 - The LifeNet Health Institute of
Regenerative Medicine in Virginia Beach will present its 2014 Symposium
Cartilage Regeneration: State-of-the-art and Future Direction. The one and a
half-day symposium offers participants the opportunity to connect with highly
respected providers and scientists from across the United States in the fields
of cartilage repair, regeneration, and research and development. This annual event
brings in national and international leaders to provide an overview on the
evolution of contemporary allograft sciences in the biological wisdom that
optimizes patient care. The main objective of these meetings is to inspire an
interactive dialogue among clinicians, administrators, and allograft scientists
to inspire and recognized the deep appreciation for the scientific method of
September 22 - The Sanger Series at VCU will bring
in the nation’s point person on the critical issue of reproducibility of
biomedical research to Richmond.
Lawrence Tabak is the principal deputy director of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), and currently coordinating a trans-NIH effort to strengthen
the rigor and reproducibility of scientific findings. Concerns voiced by scientists, industry and the
public and in publications ranging from Science and Nature Reviews to the
Economist and Wall Street Journal, suggest the systems for ensuring the
reproducibility of biomedical research are in need of repair, and the impact on
translation and commercialization could be enormous. NIH is leading the charge
to face a situation many would rather ignore, and Dr. Tabak will share details
and directions of that effort.
October 12-16 - The Focused Ultrasound Foundation,
Charlottesville, has organized its Fourth International Symposium on Current
and Future Applications of Focused Ultrasound in Bethesda, MD. The Symposium will spotlight leading edge
preclinical, translational and clinical research related to one of today’s most
promising and innovative therapeutic technologies. Global leaders in business, research science,
engineering and clinical medicine will present, and be in attendance.
October 24 - Sheikh Ziad Institute for Pediatric
Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, a
Virginia Bio member, is mounting its 2nd Annual Pediatric Surgical
Innovation Symposium at the Newseum in Washington DC. The Conference "Lessons from Drugs to Devices
- A Pediatric Perspective” will bring together over 250 key leaders from
industry, government, top-tier research universities, healthcare institutions
and venture capitalists to improve the state of pediatric surgical and device
innovation and the regulatory clearance and approval process leading to
October 30 – Virginia Economic Development
Partnership (VEDP) will mount its annual International Trade Conference in
Richmond, with a breakout track on BioTechnology, featuring Virginia bioscience
companies selling abroad sharing experiences and solutions. Follow this link for additional
Quite an eight weeks! Virginia Bio member companies and research institutions
will be busy not only with the daily blocking and tackling to make discoveries and
move them to the clinic and marketplace, but also busy spreading knowledge,
sparking innovation, creating opportunity and building the community.
Stay up to date with events like these produced by
our members, as well as Virginia Bio’s own events, at our website on the Community Calendar.