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Purpose and Goals

Working together to articulate a common message.

We work closely with national organizations of other state associations like VirginiaBio (the Council of State Bioscience Associations, and the Council of State Government Relations 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, to champion issues of common interest that are important to promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and investment in the Commonwealth.

At the state level, Virginia Bio works for policies that:

 

  • Promote research, development and innovation in the biosciences;
  • Promote entrepreneurship;
  • 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;
  • Provide safe and appropriate access to medications and devices to those who can benefit from them, and fair reimbursement to those who provide them; and,
  • Promote STEM-H education and workforce development, to build the most important condition for future success – the education, sills and interests of the next generation

Over the years, Virginia Bio has led the development of a Bioscience Caucus in the General Assembly, and has had a significant hand in proposing and seeing through the passage of many of the incentives which are law today, including the Angel Investor Tax Credit, the Research and Development Tax Credit, and the Capital Gains exclusion for early investors in technology companies. These and other such policies appear Virginia Bioscience Incentives page.

 

Every year during the Legislative Session, Virginia Bio holds a statewide legislative reception in Richmond for Virginia Bio members and members of the General Assembly, and we organize small group dinners with legislators where supporting members can answer questions and make their viewpoints known. We encourage members to be in touch with their elected representatives, to make known the positions of Virginia Bio and their individual positions and concerns as well.

  

 

 

Virginia General Assembly:

 

Virginia is one of approximately a dozen states with a "Biotech Caucus” in the state legislature. The Virginia Bioscience Legislative Caucus (VBLC) is a bi-partisan, bi-cameral group of approximately 60 state legislators who share a common interest in the development of the bioscience industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Each year, as the General Assembly begins its session, the Virginia Biotechnology Association tracks bills and resolutions introduced in the state legislature. During the session, click here to view links to the top legislation we are tracking for our members.

 

Click here to find out who represents you in the state legislature.

Contact your legislator:

State Senators

State Delegates

Each year during the General Assembly the Virginia Biotechnology Association tracks bills and resolutions introduced in the state legislature. During the General Assembly, click here to view links to the top legislation we are tracking for our members.

 


 

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