Dear Members and Friends of Virginia Bio,
As I begin my term as Chairman, I would like to introduce myself. While I was formally trained as a medical research scientist, I have found that I am best suited for the business side of science. I have co-founded and lead two startup biotech companies in Virginia and have lived on the front lines of the entrepreneurial world for almost a decade now. I am committed to building the biotech ecosystem in Virginia.
My first interaction with Virginia Bio was with the VWR and Office Depot discount programs. As you know, every penny counts in a startup! I soon became involved on the Board of Directors under Mark Herzog’s leadership. I quickly realized how valuable Virginia Bio would be to my company, my career development, and to the Commonwealth of Virginia. I could see the potential of the organization and wanted to throw my hat in to be a part of the most exciting time in biotech!
In my time volunteering with Virginia Bio, I have pushed us to communicate and market our programs and potential in the best way possible. I have supported hire and retention of our brilliant CEO and dedicated staff. I have also been active in many discussions within the Commonwealth, educating and supporting the growth of biotech. I have enjoyed working with all of our wonderful board members, sponsors, and advisors. We have seen notable improvements in the biotech ecosystem over the past few years as a result of all of the efforts by us all!
I look forward to seeing Virginia Bio and the biotech ecosystem continuing to grow and mature over the next few years. Two areas that I seek to devote my time include capital formation and educating stakeholders about the benefits of a strong biotech ecosystem. Our work to help legislators understand these benefits is far from over. And I implore you all to invite your local and regional representatives and legislators to your facilities so that they can develop a stronger appreciation for our industry. With regard to capital formation, mark your calendars to join us during JP Morgan Healthcare conference. Exciting new opportunities are opening up – take advantage!
A special thank you goes out to Jeff Conroy, past Chairman of Virginia Bio. He has served as a strong leader and mentor for many of our members. We have amazing staff and volunteers that make our organization thrive – be sure to let them know how much you appreciate all they do for our industry! And don’t be shy about helping with initiatives that impact your business.
Here's to a fruitful year ahead.