At Virginia Bio, we work for federal, state and local policies which promote growth and development of bioscience research and commercialization in the Commonwealth. Our goal is to create an environment that helps our members succeed, that grows Virginia bioscience to a place of national and global leadership, and that brings the benefits of bioscience to the Commonwealth and the world.
We are the voice of bioscience research and commercialization to all policy makers on behalf of the tens of thousands of Virginians employed in the sector and the millions who benefit from it. We help our members become knowledgeable in matters of public policy, and facilitate their involvement in explaining their positions to policy makers.
Virginia Bio pursues these goals through its staff, through retained government relations experts, through ally organizations nationwide and within the state, and through our members, including those who volunteer on our Public Policy Committee. All Members are invited to join and to participate.
We maintain close working relationships with national organizations in the bioscience field: BIO (the Biotechnology Industry Organization, PhRMA (the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Association), AdvaMed (the Advanced Medical Devices Association) and MDMA (the Medical Device Manufacturers Association). These relationships enable Virginia Bio and our members us to stay up to date and connected on policy issues at the federal and state levels.
We keep our members informed of policy
issues and the significance to their companies and institutions, to the
industry and to the ecosystem of research to development to commercialization. We
pass through news feeds and stream webinars, and we conduct town halls, expert
panels and other programs to bring policy experts together for an audience of
members and the general public.
We involve interested members through
committees, and we survey and poll our members periodically to learn our
members’ views, ideas, questions and priorities.
We advocate for or against select legislation
proposed by others, and propose legislative or administrative initiatives ourselves
on topics that our members and leadership agree upon.
We provide candidates, elected officials and policy makers information and respond to their questions and requests for information from legislative and executive policy makers. We build long term relationships with legislative and executive policy makers. We strive to be the source of comprehensive, trustworthy, accurate, balanced and up to date information on the Virginia bioscience industry.