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THRIVE: Creating the future of bioscience in Virginia

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 19, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Members and friends of Virginia Bio,

“A committee meeting is not necessarily the same as doing something,” a mentor once said to me.

Neither is a conference. But it can do something, something of enduring significance - if you start from Day One with that goal. That’s the goal that the Board and the Conference Steering Committee led by Dan Gonzalez set six months ago, and that’s what staff has been up to.

It’s a rare opportunity when the statewide leaders of industry, translational research, public policy and supporting firms and businesses come together in one place for our statewide conference. Two years ago in Charlottesville we looked back, told the story, honored outstanding contributions, and celebrated.

This year in Northern Virginia we will look ahead, and we will move ahead. That’s why we call the conference THRIVE: Creating the future of bioscience in Virginia.

Placing the conference in NoVa helps that community come together and show off, and gives us a chance to introduce the great bio activity there to the rest of Virginia. It also enables great programs throughout the day.

In the morning and in all one place for your convenience, we are bringing together the directors of SBIR programs at four of the highest funding NIH Institutes, plus NSF, DARPA and DOD. They’ll present in series on their programs, and hold one on one meetings. We’ll complement that extraordinary resource with a panel of a variety of different types of private funders to share insights about conditions, trends and opportunities.

We’ll bring to the conference key federal policy makers and experts to help us take an up close look at changing federal laws and regulations that make or break our companies and our industry. Congressman Morgan Griffith (VA–9) and staff, along with policy experts from BIO and ADVAMED will explain and take comments on the 380 page discussion draft legislation recently released from the Congressman’s Subcommittee on Health of the Energy and Commerce Committee, on the 21st Century Cures Initiative to reform FDA and NIH with today’s technology for tomorrow’s needs.

Economic development professionals from around the state will gather to roundtable best practices, strategies for success, learn about one another’s progress. We will unveil a new interactive web based map of the state with all biobusinesses and members pinned, sortable by type, with key word search, that will live on the Virginia Bio website and be open to all.

Governor McAuliffe will spend the day with us, and a number of key state legislators will participate as well. Starting late morning working groups that were formed at the Governor’s December 4 Summit will report findings and recommendations for state policies to move the needle for our companies, universities and industry. We hope this will provide the information and insights that will enable members of the different branches and parties to begin to work together over the coming months to formulate policies for the Governor’s first Budget and the next General Assembly to make real advances in how the state supports and enables the biosciences, which is a widely shared goal.

All afternoon the Governor will preside over The Governor’s Summit on Bio and Big Data / Analytics. Given our Northern Virginia location, the strengths around the state and the accelerating role of data science in bioscience, biomedicine and health care, this Forum has caught great momentum. The Forum will run from 1:30 – 5:00 pm. Thought leaders from around the country will start us off, describing current exciting work, and painting a picture of the fantastic opportunities ahead for those who reach for them. Then we’ll have a lighting round of Virginia companies, institutions and translational researchers doing extraordinary work in the space already, from startups to health care systems to global data companies. If you’re a bioscience company or researcher not quite sure how big data /analytics will directly impact or lead your work, if you’re into bio and big data / analytics already but you are continuously searching for new technology and techniques to push you ahead, or for collaborators, suppliers and clients, or if you’re big data but not big bio then come check out what all the excitement is about and spot your niche.

Every exhilarating day ends better with a two hour reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, so we’ll have that for you immediately following the Forum. Hunt down the new contacts you spotted during the day, and renew your old ties from around the state. We’ll pause for a while during the reception to honor our two most recent winners of Virginians who have made Outstanding Contribution to Biosciences, joining the 20 we honored at our 20th Celebration in Charlottesville two years ago.

Looking forward. Moving forward. Together creating the future of biosciences in Virginia.

We need you to be there, to create it together.

See you at the Westfields Marriott Washington-Dulles Conference Center in Chantilly, VA on Thursday, April 23. Visit the THRiVE 2015 webpage to register.  And thanks to our Conference Committee and our sponsors who make it all possible.


Best Regards,




Jeff Gallagher
CEO

Tags:  21st century cure  big data  convention  Economic Development  funding  government  Governor  policy  Thrive  Virginia bio  virginia bioscience 

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BIO Convention Helps Governor Focus on Industry

Posted By Jeff Gallagher, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Members and Friends of Virginia Bio,

 

Governor McAuliffe and his Administration are making it widely known they are focusing on growing the economy, and they understand that the bioscience industry is a critical part.  


Several weeks ago the Governor attended the BIO International Convention in San Diego, accompanied by Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, and Virginia Economic Development Partnership CEO Martin Briley and VEDP staff.   Because Governor McAuliffe was the first governor in the nation to commit to attend, VEDP staff, the convention organizers at BIO and Virginia Bio were able to build the delegation an outstanding itinerary.

Governor McAuliffe started off his full two day visit by hosting a breakfast for C level leaders of Virginia companies and research institutions to learn more about the industry, gather ideas for improved public policies, and hear tips on selling the advantages of Virginia for bioscience the world-wide BIO audience.   

The remainder of his day included making remarks at two other large gatherings – the Council of State Biotechnology Associations and the Chairman’s BIO’s Leaders Reception. He also appeared with the governors of Massachusetts and South Dakota on a panel at the unveiling of the biannual Battelle Report on bioscience commercialization in the states.   

The Battelle Report found continued steady growth of the bioscience industry in Virginia over the last five years, outperforming the national average in the rate of growth of establishments and employment.  Nevertheless in most measures Virginia has yet to crack the top 20 states.  That day Governor McAuliffe took those facts as a challenge to find and implement the right policies to make that happen.  

The Governor walked the exhibition floor, focusing time at the Virginia Pavilion to meet the companies and organizations in attendance under the leadership of Virginia Economic Development Partnership, including:
  • Greater Richmond Partnership
  • Prince William County
  • Loudoun County
  • I-81 Corridor (3 Regions:  Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Roanoke Regional Partnership, New River Valley Economic Development Alliance)
  • GoSova 
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Janelia Farm Research Campus
  • George Mason University
  • U.Va. Innovation (Includes Central Virginia Partnership region)

U.Va. Innovation once again co-sponsored the Translational Research Forum, exploring how academia and the private and public sectors can best pursue the partnerships necessary to bring innovative products from the university research lab to the market.  

The message that Virginia is a great place for bio was sent out loud and clear.

Tuesday evening concluded with a Virginia reception for attendees and out-of-state companies who are partners or prospects.  It was a terrific event on a rooftop patio at the PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres and capped off by the Forbes announcement that once again Virginia captured the number one state for business ranking.   Check out the photos on our Facebook page.

The Governor completed his second day with an appearance at the plenary luncheon before an audience of 5,000 to introduce the speaker, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

For Secretary Haymore this was a first time attending the BIO convention and a fresh perspective on the growing role and impact of biotechnology on the agricultural bio and industrial bio sectors.  The Secretary made valuable contacts with the BIO organization, and Virginia Bio will work with him to move this important industry ahead.

Governor McAuliffe has asked his cabinet, under the leadership of Secretary Jones, to prepare a strategy and steps for sparking the growth of the bioscience industry in the Commonwealth.  Virginia Bio has been asked to help in this effort, providing information and contacts to industry leaders for ideas.  

The Governor appears to be "all in” in support of bioscience industry.  The Governor’s commitment to the BIO convention followed his successful keynote remarks to the PhRMA annual meeting in Washington in May.  Those remarks can be seen in their entirety on our website

Virginia Bio will do whatever we can, directly and through our membership, to help the Governor succeed, and to build on the steady progress the state has made over the last several administrations and General Assemblies.   

 

Best Regards,

 

Jeff Gallagher

CEO

Tags:  Battelle  convention  Economic Development  Governor 

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