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Creating Environments to Connect and Innovate

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Members and Friends,


If you look at history, innovation doesn't come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.

-Steven Johnson, Author, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation


At Virginia Bio, our goal is to help you, our members succeed and our industry thrive, extending the benefits of life science to Virginia and the world. A strong component is creating environments and events where you can share your innovative projects and learn about others, connect with new opportunities and find solutions to your needs. Check these out.

March Luncheon-A Dynamic Duo Lights the Way to Cell Discovery-March 14, 2019

Introducing Renee Hart: President & Chief Business Officer & Sean Heart: Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer from Lumacyte. LumaCyte, is a rapidly growing advanced research and bioanalytics instrumentation company headquartered in Charlottesville, VA and we are thrilled to introduce this husband and wife team who are passionate about helping humankind better understand disease and accelerate therapies and cures.


AgBio 2019-Transforming the Agricultural Industry-March 27, 2019

This conference is right around the corner at The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA. If you’re interested in connecting with national and state leaders of innovation in Agriculture from Virginia and North Carolina, then this full-day conference is for you. These two states are uniting to bring innovative bioscience and technology to the farms! We’ll be providing a toolkit of essential tools and proactive solutions to increase efficiency and yields - creating healthier plant crops, animals and bringing full circle to the health of the human.  Register now.


Bio Health Capital Region Forum-April 8-9, 2019

We produce this forum with our colleagues in Maryland and DC to make the connections and create a sense of region that will strengthen and empower all our companies and researchers.  This Forum will highlight the accomplishments of today and chart our opportunities of tomorrow. This two-day event, hosted at Medimmune in Gaithersburg, MD, is invitation-only and free for executive level biotech leaders.


THRiVE 2019 Conference-Creating the Future of Bioscience in Virginia-May 2, 2019,  Richmond.

Registration is now open!  Every two years we gather the life science industry in Virginia to connect, celebrate, learn and drive the development of life science R&D and commercialization in Virginia. Connect with leaders of bioscience companies big and small, research universities, policy makers, innovative health care systems, patient groups, CROs and specialized professionals.  This is the big one.  Check out the website for the terrific agenda – great keynotes, a spotlight on medical device and med tech, innovations in treatment of addiction, applying Virginia’s huge data and AI resources to biomedical challenges, and more.  And note these special touches:

Virginia Bio Innovation Showcase 2019New this year! Learn about new technologies under development in  companies and universities across the state in this continuous video display and meet-up area, and uncover opportunities to develop, collaborate and invest. Submit your innovation on line – it’s easy.  Attendees will vote on the top innovations, we’ll announce winners on site, provide a cash prize and give further exposure in Virginia Bio’s marketing campaign.


Choose Your Own Adventure.  At your option, take a tour of some of the extraordinary bioscience organizations in  Richmond -  the McGuire VA Medical Center Innovation Center,  the Medicines for All Institute at VCU College of Engineering, the laboratories of the state’s Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services and Pfizer’s Center for Global Research and Development, Consumer HealthCare Products.


Award Nominations!  As is our tradition, during the Conference we will recognize two individuals, companies, organizations, events, discoveries or collaborations in the biosciences exemplifying the excellence, variety and dynamism of the Virginia biosciences community.   Please help us by submitting one or more nominations.  The two awardees will be selected by a panel comprised of past Board Chairs of Virginia Bio.



VA Drug Discovery RX at Hotel Roanoke-May 21-22, 2019

Every year the university researchers and companies working in drug discovery across Virginia meet to share discoveries and progress, form collaborations, learn new approaches and develop opportunities.   Join us in Roanoke this year!  


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