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Help Motivate the Next Generation

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
We need your expertise to help judge High School biotechnology projects to determine the winner of the Mark Licata Biotechnology Award at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair (VSSEF) and Virginia BioGENEius Challenge.

There are two separate judging opportunities. The first involves reviewing projects and talking with students live with a panel of judges at the VSSEF, which will take place in Roanoke on the morning of Saturday, April 6, 2019. Judges will select the top three projects and the winner of the Mark Licata Biotechnology Award which all receive cash prizes. The time commitment is limited to a few hours onsite at the Fair to interview and select the final winners. Lunch is provided to all judges by the Fair. The process is extremely easy and very rewarding.

The second opportunity will involve reviewing student abstracts online between April 24 and May 1 to determine the winners of the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge. Students submit their projects in either the categories of biotechnology, agriculture or industrial/ environmental science. The judging for the challenge is done virtually. Judges will be sent applicant information which will be reviewed online and scored over the course of a week. The winner from the state challenge will go on to compete in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge will take place during the BIO International Conference in Philadelphia in June.

For more information or to volunteer for to judge either event, please contact Sherri Halloran.

For more information, rules, and participation criteria for the BioGENEius Challenge, please click here. The deadline for student applications is April 23, 2019.

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Save Big on BIO 2019 Registration Now

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 17, 2019

As a member of Virginia Bio, through our affiliations you gain access to many industry events at a reduced price.  Right now, we’re offering members the opportunity to lock in a significant discount on two premier registration packages for the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, June 3-6: Convention Access and Convention Access & Partnering.  With the proximity, and many travel options to Philadelphia, attending is as easy as it gets.  Join over 16,000 biotech and pharma professionals from around the world because the theme this year is “It Starts With One” and that one is you.  Registration for BIO 2019 is not required at this point. Simply complete the form, and you will be sent your discount code prior to registration opening in early January 2019. Forms must be completed by this Friday, January 18th to receive your discount code.

Also, save on your room registration by booking with one of the many hotels with pre-negotiated rates.  Don’t wait,  availability is limited, these rooms will sell out quickly. 

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Expanding Your Networks in San Francisco

Posted By Sherri Halloran, Wednesday, December 19, 2018
With the rapidly approaching New Year comes the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco that many of you will attend with hopes of making the right connections to grow your business. Whether you’re seeking to meet new investors, customers, or potential partners we are all strengthened through sharing our networks. It was with this in mind that in 2014 we began hosting the Virginia Reception on the eve of the conference.

The Virginia reception has become one of the premier pre-conference receptions with over 200 investors, business development professionals and company executives enjoying the elegant atmosphere of the Velvet Room of the Clift Hotel, just steps away from Union Square. Members are invited and encouraged to invite their investor partners in an effort to showcase the breadth of the Virginia life science community. If you’re a member headed to San Francisco and didn’t receive an invitation to this exclusive reception, please contact us.

Members are also encouraged to make use of our complimentary meeting space during the week. We have two semi-private and one private meeting room. Snacks and beverages are provided throughout the day to ensure that your guests feel welcomed. The space is available on a first come, first served basis through a user-friendly online booking system. Meetings can be booked or rescheduled right from your phone in advance, or on the fly as you make new contacts.

Learn more about all of the members benefits associated with this effort.

None of this would be possible without the gracious support of our many sponsors. Please take a moment to thank the following organizations: Virginia Beach Economic Development, Falls River Group, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, Embody, HemoShear Therapeutics, Epidarex Capital, Ceres Nanosciences, Virginia Catalyst, Cherry Bekaert, Cavion, Brainbox Solutions, Kaleo, Greenburg Traurig, Pilot Health Advisors, Holland & Knight, Inova Strategic Investments, Loudoun County Economic Development, and UVA Licensing and Ventures Group.

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Permalink; A New Member Benefit

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 29, 2018

Virginia Bio is excited to announce our newest member through BIO Business Solutions! is the world’s largest and most experienced online marketplace for outsourced scientific services and products. The marketplace simplifies research sourcing by saving time and money and providing easy access to innovative tools and technologies - while maintaining full compliance with an organization’s procurement policies.


A few key benefits for members:

  Savings realized by receiving competitive price quotes from multiple suppliers

  Registering on the marketplace is free, and there are no set up, subscription or transaction fees

  Access to the world’s largest commercial CRO network - 2,600+ pre-qualified, registered suppliers

  Vendor consolidation - All contracting and billing managed by

  Choose from over 3,800 research areas, including:

      Human Biological Samples

      Next Gen Sequencing

      Custom Antibodies

      Compound Synthesis

      and thousands more

  Quick turnaround times on all orders

  No minimum order required

  Access to the latest scientific innovations on the Innovation Hub




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EnTrust Records Management

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Updated: Monday, September 24, 2018

Virginia Bio is happy to announce our newest member benefit-Entrust Records Management

Since 1994, Entrust Records Management has helped companies in nearly every industry store, track, and manage their information and other IP assets.  Our climate-controlled vault, constantly maintained at 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 40% relative humidity, optimizes the life of medical slides, wax based samples, and magnetic media.  At end of life, Entrust can destroy, and where possible recycle, IP assets.



Discounts of up to 35% on storage and management services

Secure website allowing 24/7 communication and service

Multiple levels of climate control and security available

Multiple locations


Please contact Sherri Halloran to sign up for this new benefit.

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