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Never Give In

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017

Dear Members and Friends,

Two points.

One.  Attend our every-two-year statewide conference THRiVE 2017 on April 6 at Virginia Beach!  It’s going to be fantastic!

Meet and hear from new sources of private Virginia capital for R&D commercialization, and sources to get over the valley of death                 

Get a glimpse of the future of bioscience in Virginia from leaders of three outstanding and very different Virginia bioscience organizations

Learn how to help Heal our Heroes, and hear leaders from DC and across the state discuss   unmet needs and opportunities in biomedical R&D and clinical innovation for our veterans and military personnel.

Network to your heart’s content. 

Two - shifting gears.   “Never give in.  Never give in.  Never, never, never, never ….”, Winston Churchill famously said reflecting on the survival of Britain and triumph of the Allies in WWII. 

In more mundane ways, I’ve noticed recently.

-        Last March, my beloved Tar Heels lost the NCAA basketball championship on a last second shot by Villanova.

-        In June, my beloved Cavaliers became the first NBA team ever to come back from down 3 games to 1 to win the NBA championship.

-        In October, my beloved RedSox came back from down 3 games to 1 against my even more beloved Indians to return the championship to Boston after 70 years.   

-        In January the Patriots came back from the largest deficit ever in a Super Bowl to beat the Falcons (no beloving either way).

-        And just a few weeks ago, my wife’s beloved VCU Rams basketball team won two games back to back in which they were losing with 0.4 (zero point four) seconds left on the clock and action stopped (no kidding!).  

Bioscience R&D and commercialization is not war and it’s not sports.  It’s also no place for instant gratification.  Our issues tend to be complex, our journeys take us into regulation and reimbursement and intellectual property, not to mention that our projects address and arise from the beautiful complexity and subtlety of human life.

From the vantage point of my 7th decade, I’ve seen a lot of shots on goal, a lot of misses and a good deal of scoring.  I’ve seen a lot of “overnight success”, then peeked behind the curtain at decades of sustained, intelligent, inspired effort.

It’s hard to know which of our ideas will take root, which of our products or services will meet needs well and succeed.  I hope all of yours do.  But one thing I do know is that a necessary trait of the successful, of the ones who brought healing and health and new value to the world, is they never gave up. 

I encourage all of you in your important work, as I was encouraged by my former colleagues at Lyotropic Therapeutics and more recently as I am encouraged by the Board, Executive Committee and staff of Virginia Bio.

Keep on.  Ask for help.  Be flexible.  Welcome good faith critique.  Listen.  Be flexible.  Be resourceful.  Be generous along the way. 


And never give in. 


Tags:  #biotech #thriveinva #nevergivein #startuplife 

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