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Eight Amazing Weeks of Knowledge

Posted By Jeff Gallagher, Thursday, August 28, 2014

Members and friends of Virginia Bio,


It is a key part of our mission and a true joy at Virginia Bio to gather, shape and tell the powerful story of the bioscience community in Virginia.  One aspect, frequently underappreciated, is the rich and diverse offerings our members mount to educate and connect Virginians with one another and the world. 


We are honored and excited to promote our members’ significant events among our membership and our followers, and we regularly do so on our website.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Community Calendar.  Attend some of these great events as well as our Virginia Bio events, learn, benefit, contribute and help us further develop the bioscience community in the Commonwealth.  


Here’s a snapshot taken today of some of the significant events planned by members across the state over the next eight weeks with national and international profile and scope. Not to mention, our many Virginia Bio events. More details and appropriate member site links are on our Community Calendar.


September 16 –  The Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery launches its annual Seminar Series on campus in Blacksburg with the first of four Fall seminars.  Speakers are top researchers and entrepreneurs from across the country, and this Fall includes the Executive Director of the Yale Molecular Discovery Center, the President of the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and the President of FirstString Research, commercializing technology developed in VTCRI labs. The details and schedule can be found here.


September 19 - The LifeNet Health Institute of Regenerative Medicine in Virginia Beach will present its 2014 Symposium Cartilage Regeneration: State-of-the-art and Future Direction. The one and a half-day symposium offers participants the opportunity to connect with highly respected providers and scientists from across the United States in the fields of cartilage repair, regeneration, and research and development. This annual event brings in national and international leaders to provide an overview on the evolution of contemporary allograft sciences in the biological wisdom that optimizes patient care. The main objective of these meetings is to inspire an interactive dialogue among clinicians, administrators, and allograft scientists to inspire and recognized the deep appreciation for the scientific method of allograft sciences.


September 22 - The Sanger Series at VCU will bring in the nation’s point person on the critical issue of reproducibility of biomedical research to Richmond.  Lawrence Tabak is the principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and currently coordinating a trans-NIH effort to strengthen the rigor and reproducibility of scientific findings.  Concerns voiced by scientists, industry and the public and in publications ranging from Science and Nature Reviews to the Economist and Wall Street Journal, suggest the systems for ensuring the reproducibility of biomedical research are in need of repair, and the impact on translation and commercialization could be enormous. NIH is leading the charge to face a situation many would rather ignore, and Dr. Tabak will share details and directions of that effort.


October 12-16 - The Focused Ultrasound Foundation, Charlottesville, has organized its Fourth International Symposium on Current and Future Applications of Focused Ultrasound in Bethesda, MD.  The Symposium will spotlight leading edge preclinical, translational and clinical research related to one of today’s most promising and innovative therapeutic technologies.  Global leaders in business, research science, engineering and clinical medicine will present, and be in attendance.


October 24 - Sheikh Ziad Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, a Virginia Bio member, is mounting its 2nd Annual Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium at the Newseum in Washington DC.  The Conference "Lessons from Drugs to Devices - A Pediatric Perspective” will bring together over 250 key leaders from industry, government, top-tier research universities, healthcare institutions and venture capitalists to improve the state of pediatric surgical and device innovation and the regulatory clearance and approval process leading to commercialization.


October 30 – Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) will mount its annual International Trade Conference in Richmond, with a breakout track on BioTechnology, featuring Virginia bioscience companies selling abroad sharing experiences and solutions. Follow this link for additional information.


Quite an eight weeks!  Virginia Bio member companies and research institutions will be busy not only with the daily blocking and tackling to make discoveries and move them to the clinic and marketplace, but also busy spreading knowledge, sparking innovation, creating opportunity and building the community. 


Stay up to date with events like these produced by our members, as well as Virginia Bio’s own events, at our website on the Community Calendar.


Best Regards,



Jeff Gallagher


Tags:  Childrens National  Focused Ultrasound Foundation  LifeNet Health  VCU  VEDP  VT 

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