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VABIO E-News: February 25, 2015 Edition

Focus Around Virginia 
A Word from CEO Jeff Gallagher

Members and friends of Virginia Bio,

Recently the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee released a discussion draft related to its 21st Century Cures initiative.

The 21st Century Cures initiative is a bi-partisan effort to take a coherent look at the whole system, from drug and device discovery, to development to delivery, and the impact of the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. The driving idea is that as a nation we created and for the last 75 years have enjoyed the world’s greatest system for turning biomedical innovation into practice. To remain the global leader, to retain and grow research, companies and jobs, and to bring health and therapies to more people more quickly and efficiently, we must improve.

This discussion draft document reflects the work and industry input from 27 public hearings and roundtables and 5 white papers over 10 months dating back to April of 2014.

One of those public roundtables occurred in Blacksburg last October. Virginia Bio was pleased to be able to help organize the event with Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-7), a member of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Health. The Roanoke Times published their coverage of the roundtable here and later published an Op-Ed with our comments found here.


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Inova Selects ExxonMobil Campus For Inova Center for Personalized Health Site

Inova has selected the ExxonMobil Fairfax Campus as the destination for its planned medical expansion in Fairfax, Virginia. The two organizations have signed an agreement concerning the 117-acre site.

“This new center will harbor an atmosphere of innovation and unparalleled access to leading-edge technologies and world-class laboratories,” stated Knox Singleton, Inova’s CEO. “In addition to driving Inova’s vision for a preventive and personalized approach to health, the new campus will attract internationally renowned clinicians and researchers, as well as business people, thereby fostering future economic growth in the region.” Singleton adds that Inova also intends to preserve and complement the natural resources of the campus to create an appealing and health-promoting environment.

For complete article click here.

Kaleo Partnering With Clinton Foundation On Evzio

Kaleo has partnered with the Clinton Foundation to provide colleges, universities and public safety organizations with bulk discounts for its medical device for emergency treatment of opioid overdoses, EVZIO® naloxone auto-injector.

Kaleo's chief executive officer, Spencer Williamson made the announcement from center stage during the Foundation's Health Matters Activation Summit in Palm. The summit brought together leaders in healthcare, public policy, veterans affairs, business, education, and professional sports to identify and implement strategies for systemic health improvement.                  

For complete article click here.

Dennis Dean To Serve As Interim Research VP At Virginia Tech

Dennis Dean, director of the Fralin Life Science Institute, will serve as interim vice president for research at Virginia Tech, effective February 1.

Robert W. Walters, vice president for research, had announced his retirement effective September 1, but has requested to step down earlier to pursue research opportunities, according to Provost Mark McNamee.

For complete article click here.

Aperiomics Receives Second National Science Foundation Award

Aperiomics has been awarded a Phase IB grant through the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, bringing their current award total to nearly $180,000 from this program. The project, under the direction of Aperiomics Chief Science Officer Eduardo Castro-Nallar, PhD, is titled SBIR Phase I: Rapid Pathogen Diagnostics and Biosurveillance using Multiplexed High-throughput Sequencing.

For complete article click here.

Indoor Biotechnologies Expansion In India

InBio India will distribute all of Indoor Biotechnologies products in India under the direction of Dr. Shivshankar Baalasubramanian (Shiv).

The InBio India opportunity will impact the allergy/immunology field. Based on a recent study of IgE antibody prevalence with over 20,000 subjects suggests that allergy is a significant health problem, affecting 1 in 7 of the Indian population.

For complete article click here.

Thomas Huff, Who Helped Launch VCU Life Sciences, Dies At Age 62

Every century has its “big science” that changes everything, Thomas F. Huff once said, and he believed for the 21st century it would be the life sciences.

Thomas F. Huff, Ph.D., a long time member of the Virginia Bio Academic Council, and who as vice provost for life sciences and research at Virginia Commonwealth University led VCU’s march into the age of genomic research, died suddenly early Sunday of undetermined natural causes. He was 62.

For complete article click here.

FDA Approves Pulmozyme With eRapid Nebulizer
The eRapid Nebulizer System (eRapid) from PARI has been approved as the first electronic nebulizer by the Food and Drug Administration to deliver Genentech’s Pulmozyme for cystic fibrosis treatment. A huge improvement for cystic fibrosis patients, eRapid is able to reduce average treatment times with Pulmozyme from 6-8 minutes down to 2-3 minutes. Both adult and pediatric patients showed a strong preference for eRapid over conventional nebulizers in a clinical study.

For complete article click here.

Prince William County Attracts Record $513 Million Intended Capital Investment
Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development attracted a record capital investment of $513 million in calendar year 2014. The achievement marks the Department’s 2nd consecutive banner year and 4th year in its 18-year history to exceed half a billion dollars of intended investment by the private sector.

For complete article click here.

BIO Praises 21st Century Cures Initiative Draft, But Warns Industry About President's Budget
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) released the following statement on the 21st Century Cures Initiative discussion draft shared by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).

This statement can be attributed to Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO on January 27, 2015:

“Today, we recognize and thank the Committee on Energy and Commerce for releasing its 21st Century Cures Initiative discussion draft intended to accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of next generation modern medicines to transform patient care.

For complete article click here.

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood also issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s FY 2016 budget proposal:

“We oppose any cuts or changes to Medicare Parts B and D, which are both working well. We should not disrupt these successful programs by adding unnecessary changes, which could put at risk patient access to necessary medicines.”

For complete article click here.

Focused Ultrasound Foundation Recruits Nora Seilheimer As New Co-Director of Development
The Focused Ultrasound Foundation has recruited Nora Seilheimer as Co-Director of Development. Nora will introduce the Foundation’s unique venture philanthropy model to new supporters and forge partnerships with key stakeholders. Nora’s expertise will enable the Foundation to further accelerate the progress of focused ultrasound research, and help speed widespread adoption of focused ultrasound as a standard of care.

For complete article click here.

Cadence, Inc. Has 2014 Revenue Increase
Cadence, Inc. announced unaudited results for 2014 including a 39% increase in revenue compared to 2013 to $75.7million. Earnings per share increased 26% over prior year to $3.05 per share. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were up 24% to $14.3 million.

For complete article click here.

Luna And API To Merge
Luna Innovations Incorporated, which develops and manufactures fiber optic sensing and test & measurement products for the telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, energy, and defense markets and Advanced Photonix, Inc. (API), a leading supplier of optoelectronic sensors, devices, and instrumentation for the telecommunications, defense, medical, and industrial markets have agreed to merge.

For complete article click here.

K2M Prices Secondary Offering
Medical device maker K2M Inc. has priced shares for a secondary stock offering at $18.75 per share, with a total of 6.045 million shares being offered by the company and existing shareholders.

K2M is selling 2.045 million shares in the offering, and stockholders named in the registration statement are selling 4 million shares. Based on recent pricing, the secondary offering would raise about $38 million for the company.

For complete article click here.

FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg Stepping Down
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg, will be stepping down from her position effective March 31, 2015. She will have served as Commissioner for six years.

In a letter from Hamburg to FDA colleagues, she mentioned having “very mixed emotions” about the decision.

For complete article click here.

Integrated Technologies Ltd. VA Expands Facility and Services
Integrated Technologies Ltd. (ITL) Virginia recently saw several positive changes in the way of expansion. The predominant change was the move of facility from a 1,000 square foot warehouse and shared office space within the Dominion Resources Innovation Center to a dedicated unit.

The new facility is almost three times the size with over 1,500 square feet of workshop space; that includes dedicated goods in and dispatch area, offices and a boardroom.

For complete article click here.

Cutting Edge Cancer Trial At George Mason
As reported by WUSA CBS Channel 9, a cutting-edge precision medicine study for cancer is underway at George Mason University.

Researchers at George Mason University's Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine are helping to extend the lives of four late stage breast cancer patients.

For complete article click here.

Virginia Bio Foundation Offering 2015 Bioscience Internship Matching Funds
The Virginia Bioscience Foundation (VBF), an initiative of the Virginia Biotechnology Association (Virginia Bio), is offering matching funds of $1,000 each for summer internships.

The criteria are as follows: The biotechnology or medical device company must be planning to match or exceed the $1,000 award for the intern and the intern must be currently enrolled in a Virginia institution of higher education or be a resident of the Commonwealth currently enrolled in an institution of higher education.

For complete article click here.

UVA Discovers Key To Cancer's Spread
In a breakthrough in the understanding of how cancer spreads, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified a substance secreted by lung cancer cells that enables them to metastasize, beginning their deadly march to other sites in the body. By blocking that process in lab studies, the researchers were able to confine cancer cells to a single tumor site, offering hope that drugs could one day block the spread of cancers in people.

For complete article click here.

BioGENEius Challenge and Call for Judges

Virginia Bio is hosting a statewide competition to select a finalist for the International BioGENEius Challenge to be held at the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, PA, June 2015.

The Virginia BioGENEius Challenge is a competition for high school students doing research in medical, agriculture and/or industry and environmental biotechnology. The top finalist from the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge will be selected to attend the US National BioGENEius Challenge in June, finalist from the US National Challenge will then compete in the International BioGENEius Challange. This competition is an intensive and valuable research experience for high school students.

Visit the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge website for more information, rules, and participation criteria. The deadline for applications is April 17, 2015.

Each year, Virginia Bio also recruits volunteer judges from the membership to attend the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair to select the top three winners in the field of biosciences. The time commitment is limited to a pre-event online review of the submissions to select the finalists and then a few hours onsite at the Fair to interview and select the final winners. Lunch is provided to all judges by the Fair. The process is extremely easy and, by all accounts, very rewarding.

To volunteer to judge either event, please email Susan Moore.

Welcome New Member: AsedaSciences
AsedaSciences provides multi-parametric, high content, high throughput phenotypic screening and protein isolation services to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry. Our unique platform utilizes the inherent strengths of flow cytometry, automated processes and sophisticated data analysis to deliver high value information that allows for earlier and more informed decisions during the drug discovery and development process.

For more information please visit their website.

Welcome New Member: C3 Nexus

Based in Richmond‚ VA‚ C3 Nexus brings hospital level of care into the home for recently discharged cardiovascular and chronic care patients. Paired with remote heart monitoring‚ C3 Nexus Nurse Concierges create a specialized healthcare plan specific to a patient’s condition‚ providing guidance on nutrition‚ medication and exercise and offering peace of mind to patients and caregivers. Backed by leaders from the healthcare and technology industries‚ C3 Nexus connects patients‚ caregivers and physicians and is transforming the human experience in healthcare by ensuring people stay healthy and out of the hospital.

For more information please visit their website.

Welcome New Member: Southern Virginia Product Advancement Center

The Southern Virginia Product Advancement Center, a component of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority and located in South Boston, VA, operates as a business incubator and product advancement center that focuses on initiating, supporting, and growing high-tech ventures and technologies.

For more information please visit their website.

VABIO Community News TO TOP

PeopleSolutions, and its affiliate company The Richmond Group USA, was recently recognized as the #4 office in the entire MRI Network for 2014. The MRI Network consists of more than 2,000 individual recruiters, across approximately 600 offices in 40 countries. PeopleSolutions is proud to continue our 47 year tradition of success in helping our clients find the talent they need to succeed in their business
Barry I. Matherly, senior vice president of the Greater Richmond Partnership, has been named the next CEO of the economic development organization effective July 1, 2015. Matherly succeeds Greg Wingfield, founding president and CEO, who retires June 30 after 20 years with the non-profit group.

Cherry Bekaert adds Yolimar “Yoli” Martinez-Nadal, CPA as Partner in Expanding Technology & Life Sciences Group. As a Tax Partner, Martinez-Nadal will advise clients within the Firm’s Technology & Life Sciences industry group on tax structuring, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and financial reporting under ASC 740 provisions.

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership has selected Carrie Hileman Chenery as executive director. Chenery, a Valley native, comes to the position from the Office of the Governor, where she served as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. She was responsible for advancing economic development for the commonwealth's largest economic industries, including overseeing the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development fund.

BIO-CAT, an enzyme industry service leader, was joined by Daniel Little. Little will help BIO-CAT evaluate business opportunities and conduct feasibility analysis for new projects. In his role as business analyst, he will collaborate with sales and technology to identify new marketing strategies for emerging markets. Little is a recent graduate from the College of Charleston where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a master’s degree in Business Administration.

BIO-CAT Microbials, a market leader in the production of microbial products, newly hired Karen Engel as Agriculture Technical Sales Rep. Engel will manage and develop the distribution of BIOSTART® through their distribution partner. In her new role, Engel will be responsible for sales efforts with customers and developing and monitoring regional field trials with agronomists.

Governor Terry McAuliffe honored multiple Virginia educators, including the following, as recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA) for excellence in teaching, research, and public service:

Dr. Sarah Kucenas is an assistant professor of Biology at the University of Virginia, where she has taught and conducted research since Fall 2009. Dr. Kucenas’ research group focuses on elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that establish and maintain spinal motor nerves.

Dr. Lance A. Liotta is a professor in the School of Systems Biology, College of Science, George Mason University (GMU). He joined GMU in 2005 as Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, where he is the Medical Director. Dr. Liotta is internationally recognized for his cancer research.

Dr. Aswini Pradhan is a professor of engineering at Norfolk State University (NSU). He joined NSU in 2003 as a research professor for the Center for Materials Research and joined the Department of Engineering in 2007. Dr. Pradhan is a leading scientist in the field of next-generation novel nanomaterials for energy, innovative electronics, and optics as well as biomedical applications.

Dr. James E. Turner Sr. is Head of the Biology Department at the Virginia Military Institute where he has been a full time faculty member since 2001. After a career in biomedical research, medical education, and administration, Professor Turner returned to his alma mater and is the Institute’s founding Director for Undergraduate Research.

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) is promoting two senior staff members in his Capitol Hill office:

David Hallock will serve as Chief of Staff. Hallock, who most recently served as Sen. Warner’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director, also served in then-Gov. Warner’s administration in Virginia (2002-6) as deputy policy director and deputy counsel. He has undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia. He succeeds Luke Albee, who will be leaving the Senate after six years as Sen. Warner’s Chief of Staff and more than 25 years working in the Senate.

Elizabeth Falcone will serve as Legislative Director. Falcone, who joined Sen. Warner’s staff in mid-2010 as senior advisor on health care and budget policy, succeeds Hallock as legislative director. Prior to working for Sen. Warner, Falcone was a legislative assistant for Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN). She is a graduate of Cornell University.

Sherri Halloran, Vice President Membership and Programs for Virginia Bio, recently earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The CAE is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and is the highest professional credential in the association industry. The certification requires a minimum of three years experience with nonprofit organization, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.
VABIO Member Anniversaries TO TOP

Virginia Bio would like to thank our long term members who have recently celebrated their membership anniversaries:

LeClair Ryan - 19 YEARS

Virginia Bio would also like to thank our members renewing for the first time:



Event: Securely Sharing Documents in the Bioscience Industry: Applications, Options, Risks and Unmet NeedsLegislative Reception
Where: Webcast
When: Thursday, February 26, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Details: Join the webcast to find out how bioscience organizations are using secure document sharing solutions to work with outside parties. Explore the risks and benefits of various solutions, and evaluate the reasons why many bioscience organizations have selected ShareVault to protect their intellectual property.
Registration: Click here to register.
Sponsors: ShareVault

Event: Virginia Bio Commercialization Luncheon
Where: Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, Richmond, VA
When: Thursday, March 12 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Title: Agricultural Bio: Biotechnology meets Virginia's largest industry.
Registration: Click here to register.
Sponsors: Data Blueprint, Greater Richmond Partnership, McGuireWoods, VCU Innovation Gateway, We Work For Health and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park  

MARCH 3-17
Event: CIT hosted SBIR/STTR Presentations
Where:  Various locations
Details: March 3 - Blacksburg, March 4 - Charlottesville , March 16 - Manassas and March 17 - Fairfax. For more details, visit the CIT webpage. 

Event: Southwest VA Life Science Forum 2015
Where: Virginia Tech Integrated Life Science Building, Blacksburg, VA
When: Tuesday, April 7 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Details: Come meet other scientists from the region, get some new cutting-edge ideas and maybe even come up with a collaboration or two. There will be appetizers and refreshments along with a poster session featuring representatives of academic, industry and non-profit technology organizations.
Click here to register.
Sponsors: Hosted by Virginia Bio and Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. Sponsored by Virginia Tech, TechLab and PolymerSolutions. 

Event: Virginia Bio Commercialization Luncheon - April 2015
Where: Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, Richmond, VA
When: Thursday, April 9, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Details: Finding and Working with an Investment Banker (plus updates from January's 32nd Annual JP Morgan Health Care Conference).
Identifying, courting interest from and entering into a relationship with an Investment Bank can be mystifying for the first time company. Maintaining a healthy and productive engagement between client and investment banker requires thoughtful effort for newbies and veterans alike. Panelist will walk through the process, provide stories and tips on how to define the relationship and find the right fit, and how to make the engagement successful. Speakers will included Mike Innes, Managing Director, Cary Street Partners and Baxter Phillips, Chief Business Officer, AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation.
Registration: Click here to register.
Sponsors: Data Blueprint, Greater Richmond Partnership, McGuireWoods, VCU Innovation Gateway, We Work For Health and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park

APRIL 14-15
Event: BIO Legislative Day Fly In
Where: Washington, DC
Details: Once a year, BIO hosts the Legislative Day Fly-In, inviting biotechnology executives from across the country to come to Washington, DC for a day and a half of legislative briefings and advocacy. BIO will schedule all congressional meetings and provide attendees with a robust legislative briefing prior to their visits on Capitol Hill.
Visit the BIO website for more information.

Event: THRIVE 2015: Creating the Future of Bioscience in Virginia
Where: Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles, Chantilly, VA
When: Thursday, April 23
Details: Virginia Bio is bringing together leaders from bioscience companies, research universities, government, the investment community, entrepreneurs and professional services firms from across Virginia and beyond to learn, share, plan, do business and bring the biosciences to life in the Commonwealth.
Registration: Visit the 2015 THRIVE Conference page for more information and to register.Nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Award will close March 1.

JUNE 15-18
Event: BIO International Convention
Where: Philadelphia, PA
When: Tuesday, June 16 - Thursday, June 18
ACT NOW: Sweatheart of a Deal expires on Saturday, February 28. Contact Susan Moore with Virginia Bio for discount code. For more BIO convention information click here.

Virginia Bio, was formed in 1992 and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a non-profit association. The purpose of the Association is to promote the biotechnology industry in Virginia, expand the knowledge and expertise of Virginia's businesses concerning biotechnology through seminars, educational publications and other means, to enhance public awareness of the biotechnology industry in Virginia and the scientific, economic and other benefits it provides, and to represent the interests of the biotechnology industry in Virginia before federal, state and local legislators and regulators.  We provide a forum for members and their guests to get to know each other and the many bioscience companies operating today in Virginia and serving our biotech community. We coordinate information among the many agencies and organizations interested in biotechnology.

To learn more about Virginia Bio and how you can get involved, Click Here

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