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A Word from Jeff Gallagher, CEO, Virginia Bio
Members and friends of Virginia Bio,
I begin with a focus on the foundation for future success of our companies and our industry - bringing well-trained, well-educated new people into the industry, and highlight the undergraduate Biotechnology B.S. program at James Madison University. Virginia enjoys many great teaching and research institutions, and the Virginia Bio Foundation is committed to focused efforts to help promote STEM-H education and training, and facilitating school to industry connections. This program is surely one of our finest and most innovative.
If you have attended any of our biotech and beer social functions in Charlottesville or the Valley, even in Richmond and Blacksburg, chances are you have met students from the undergraduate Biotechnology B.S. program at James Madison University. If you’ve talked to any of the companies across the state which have hired young people from the program, you know how highly they speak of them. Last Fall I spent an evening with the Virginia Bio JMU Student Chapter, and some 40 students turned out on a cold stormy night to meet someone from the business side. This administrators and teachers of this program deserve our praise and admiration, along with the students. It is a gem. The Director is Dr. Marta Bechtel.
The Biotechnology B.S. program is inter-disciplinary among three departments: Biology, Chemistry, and Integrated Science and Technology. The program requires a strong curriculum in foundation in science and math, followed by "Biotechnology Transition Courses” such as "Biotechnology and Industry”, plus 15 credits of upper level courses shaped by the student’s specific goals and interests, and which can include Regulatory Issue in Biotechnology, the Business of Biotechnology, and Medical Biotechnology and Computer Applications in Biotechnology.
For more information see the overview of the program, and degree requirements.
PS - On April 3, I’m sharing a "fly-over” of the state’s regions and players at the monthly Virginia Bioscience Commercialization luncheon. Even if you can’t make it to Richmond for the event, remember the event is live streamed and available on our website afterwards on the website in archive.