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Crystal Icenhour Elected First Woman Chairman of Virginia Bio

Tuesday, August 02, 2016  
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Crystal Icenhour, PhD, has just become Board Chairman for Virginia Bio, the first woman in the organization’s 24-year history to hold this position.

Dr. Icenhour has served on the 24-member Board since 2007 and as Vice Chairman for the past two years, focusing much of her energies toward capital formation for the association’s member companies. She has worked with Virginia Bio staff and Board of Directors to develop greater awareness in the Commonwealth of Virginia about the importance of the biotech industry and to advance supportive policies and funding.

She will continue efforts to engage the investment community and to “help the world appreciate what a great resource the Commonwealth of Virginia is for companies in the biotechnology industry.” Citing a positive confluence of proximity to federal government agencies and resources, of some of the best higher education institutions in the world, and of earnest support from Governor Terry McAuliffe and state agencies, Dr. Icenhour sees Virginia as a biotech hub that will continue to develop and create products, jobs, and a healthy economy to benefit the state, the nation, and the world. “It’s been a great pleasure to work with our staff and my fellow volunteers with VirginiaBio for the past several years. I am excited to continue our work at a new level for my two-year term as Chairman.”

“Dr. Icenhour’s experience and success in translating science from university research to the clinic and marketplace, and building high-tech biotech companies provides great perspective and insights into our membership and the opportunities ahead for Virginia,” said Jeff Gallagher, CEO of Virginia Bio. “We are so fortunate to have a Chairman who is not only a consummate entrepreneur, but also a believer in working collectively to ‘grow the pie’ - across the industry, the Commonwealth and the region.”

As she looks ahead to her first year as Chairman, Dr. Icenhour is especially excited about the upcoming Women Building Bio: The XX Factor event to be held September 29, 2016 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax, VA. This first-time event in Virginia will showcase women leaders in the bioscience industry in a day-long event focused on building inclusive and stronger research, companies, institutions, teams, and individuals. The intended audience is for all stakeholders (men and women) in the BioHealth Capital Region. With topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to identifying sources of capital, conference leaders come from the highest echelons of biotech companies, research institutions and government.


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