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In 1992 leaders from industry, universities and state and local economic development founded the Virginia Biotechnology Association to:

Enhance public awareness of the newly emerging biotechnology industry in Virginia and the scientific, economic and other benefits it provides
Promote Virginia's biotechnology industry
Expand the knowledge and expertise of Virginia businesses concerning biotechnology through seminars, forums, educational publications and other means
Represent the interests of the biotechnology industry in Virginia before federal, state and local legislators and regulators, and other organizations.

In the 25 years since, in response to the dynamic discovery, growth and change in science and the marketplace, Virginia Bio’s focus has been redefined as the life sciences industry broadly, encompassing not only bio and pharmaceuticals, but also med tech, informatics, digital health, health and wellness, innovative health care delivery, agriculture and industrial bio.

Virginia Bio has evolved from an all- volunteer organization to a staff of four and a half, guided by a 24-member Board of Directors drawn largely from industry CEOs, plus a 10-member Academic Council from the state’s research universities and an Advisory Board. Membership has grown in number and variety, and now totals more than 250 organizations.

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Virginia Bio has become the preeminent organization
to gather, shape and tell the story of the life science industry in Virginia to audiences within the state and across the nation. We have served as a thought leader and catalyst for industry-wide initiatives and broad public policy change, out of Richmond and Washington DC.
Virginia's Life Science Community
1451
Companies
Life science companies in Virginia
26,545
People
Employed by Life Science companies in Virginia
$8B
Industry
Life Science contributes $8B to Virginia's economy
$77,848
Average Wage
Average earnings of life science workers in Virginia
1197
Clinical Trials
Biopharmaceutical industry-sponsored trials in VA per year

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