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Bioscience leaders from across the state and beyond - companies, universities, research organizations, investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, scientific and professional services firms, came together to help create the future of the industry.


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Registration is open for THRiVE 2017! Register now to receive early bird pricing!



Come join leaders of large bio companies and startups, healthcare providers, research universities, investors, nonprofits, public sector and professional service providers at Virginia Bio’s one-of-a-kind statewide conference. Meet, share your ideas, and connect with renowned leaders driving the industry. Change the course of the future of bioscience in Virginia. Change the course of your future.




Hundreds of millions of dollars of new Virginia private capital for bioscience investment.  Meet leaders of newly formed Virginia funds accelerating private investment in Virginia bioscience R&D and commercialization. Speakers include Inova Strategic Investments, UVA, Sentara Third Core, Virginia Tech Carilion Innovation Fund, angel funding groups, family funds, VBHRC and other investors.




Healing our Heroes. Learn about unmet needs, current developments, and future opportunities in biomedical R&D for veteran and military personnel from leaders within the Veterans Health Administration, DARPA, BARDA and US military and Virginia companies.  Virginia is proud to be one of the nation’s homes to veterans and active military personnel.  Read a personal letter from Virginia's Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs here.





Envisioning the Future of Bioscience in Virginia Hear top leaders from across the state envisioning and developing the future of the Virginia bioscience economy.




Strategies for accessing federal funding of your research, development and commercialization.  Dive into an in-depth 3-hour workshop “Implementing a strategy for accessing non-dilutive federal funding of the biosciences.”  Scheduled for the following morning, Friday, April 7 (separate ticket required).   





Outstanding Contributions to Bioscience in Virginia.     Hear from leaders of extraordinary   projects now at the forefront of bioscience in Virginia.  Then join us in honoring this year’s inductees into Virginia Bio’s prestigious group of men, women and organizations who have built the biosciences in the Commonwealth.


Co-Chairs for THRiVE 2017

Tom Frantz, Chair Emeritus, Williams Mullen                           Richard Homan, President and CEO, EVMS

Howard Kern, CEO, Sentara Healthcare                      Rony Thomas, CEO, LifeNet Health

Mayor Will Sessoms, City of Virginia Beach

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