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Our Goals, Priorities and Activities

Virginia Bio helps members interact with federal and state policy makers, and helps those policy makers understand our industry and the implications of existing and proposed new laws and regulations.

We work for policies that:

Promote innovation, research and development in the biosciences, growth of the lifescience economy and well paying jobs, and successful competition in national and global competition;

Promote entrepreneurship and commercial development;

Enable and facilitate investment in emerging bioscience companies;

Continue to make Virginia the top state to start and grow a business;

Provide adequate support for our world class research institutions;

Enable and encourage our research institutions to effectively translate research to the marketplace and clinic, and to collaborate with one another and with industry;

Provide safe and appropriate access to medications and devices to those who can benefit from them, and fair reimbursement to those who provide them;

Promote STEM-H education and workforce development and alignment between employers and schools and students, to build the most important condition for future success – the education, sills and interests of the next generation; and,  

Avoid legislation and regulations which result in adverse unintended consequences on the people, companies and institutions which do the R&D and commercialization of life science in Virginia, and on the patients and consumers they ultimately serve.

We work year-round to maintain relationship with executive and legislative leaders and staff in Virginia and Washington DC as a trusted source of accurate and complete information and sound public policy opinions on matters of bioscience R&D and commercialization in the Commonwealth and the nation.  We encourage and assist members to be in touch with their elected representatives, to make known their positions and those of the industry.

We work closely with other state bio and life science industry associations through the national Council of State Bioscience Associations and the Council of State Government Relations, as well as national organizations including BIOPhRMA, AdvaMed and MDMA, to identify issues before they arise, to find best practices, and to provide state policy makers the comparative information they require to determine how best for Virginia to compete and excel.   

We work with ally groups across the state, such as local and regional tech councils and the We Work for Health Coalition, to champion issues of common interest that are important to promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and investment in the Commonwealth, the diversification and strengthening of the economy and the well-being of patients. 


Help us Shape Virginia Bio’s State Policy Agenda and the future of bioscience in Virginia

Virginia Bio’s positions on matters of state and federal policy are driven by our members.  Throughout the year we look to hear from our members about their experiences, successes and frustrations with existing state and federal policies and laws, and ideas for improvements. Please help us, and let us know issues of state policy you are concerned about or believe may help you succeed and our industry grow and greater impact. Submit your ideas or questions to CEO Jeff Gallagher at 804-643-6360 or by email at   

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Highlights of Virginia Bio Public Policy Accomplishments in recent years



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