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Charlottesville Teen Competes for Virginia

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 23, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Virginia Bio and the Virginia Bioscience Foundation have named Albemarle High School Junior, Paula Zhu of Charlottesville as the winner of the 2019 Virginia BioGENEius Challenge, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research and innovation in the biotechnology field. As the Virginia BioGENEius finalist, Paula will attend the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, the industry’s trade conference, where she will engage with leading companies, scientists and innovators currently transforming the scientific landscape in order to gain invaluable insights into an industry making significant contributions to the world.

Paula’s project, titled "3D Spatiotemporal Profiling of Adrenergic and Cholinergic Transmission” focused on two brain neurotransmitters. “Many neurological diseases result from NE/ACh transmission problems, but even normal transmission is poorly understood. My findings reshape views on NE/ACh transmission and will help us understand transmission and NE/ACh dysregulation diseases,” said Paula. The project was selected by an independent panel of volunteer judges representing the Virginia Bio membership.

In Philadelphia, Paula will compete against students from the U.S., Canada and Germany in the International BioGENEius Challenge. The projects presented will represent a range of biotechnology topics such as healthcare, agriculture, and the environment.

“The Challenge highlights the breakthroughs made when we invest and encourage our younger generations to pursue their ideas. These students are facing the world’s greatest challenges and doing impressive work to understand them,” said Jeff Gallagher, Virginia Bio CEO. “Virginia is excited to have Paula represent the state at the 2019 BIO International Convention as we already know that her research has great potential to help society as well as inspire others to pursue research projects.”

Winners of the International BioiGENEius Challenge will be announced during the Tuesday, June 4th keynote at the 2019 BIO International Convention. The winners will receive a $7,500 cash prize.

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Make your next move with Award winning service

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 25, 2019
Humboldt Storage & Moving has won the highly-coveted 2018 Moving & Storage Agent of the Year Service Excellence Award from the American Moving & Storage Association. Humboldt Storage & Moving was selected for the award by a panel of experts out of approximately 2,000 eligible companies across the country.

The Agent of the Year Award reflects AMSA’s and the industry’s commitment to excellent customer service, and is presented to agents nominated by their affiliated van line based on customer surveys and van line experience. Nominations are judged primarily on customer service assessments and other industry awards and recognition. Consideration is also given to factors such as leadership, innovation, community involvement, and activities that enhance the industry’s image.

In the past 10 years, Humboldt has set out to change the image of moving. With a brand of “Relax and Get Moving,” Humboldt and its employees have worked hard to make a stressful time, the moving experience, much more manageable and less worrisome for customers. The goal of putting every customer at ease is embedded in the culture and every team member understands their role. From the way in which all team members interact with customers, to online video surveys, virtual document signing, educational videos and other resources, Humboldt has worked in all areas to make moving less stressful.

Whether it’s employee relocation, office and lab moving or regulatory-compliant, climate controlled specimen relocation, Virginia Bio members can save up to 65% through our Bio Business Solutions partnership. Find out more.

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All The Tools You Need To Communicate Your Financial News

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Business Wire provides all the tools needed to quickly, broadly and effectively communicate your news to investors, analysts, the media and other audiences. Filing an IPO and taking your company public is a long process that requires a comprehensive communications plan. Virginia Bio through BIO has aligned with Business Wire to help you effectively distribute your news releases at preferred pricing. Business Wire provides all the tools you need to quickly, broadly communicate your news to investors, analysts, the media and other audiences.

Simultaneous, full-text delivery of your material news. Your press releases are:

• Delivered directly into the editorial systems of newspapers, disclosure services, TV and radio stations and other media
• Delivered full-text into leading financial systems, portals and websites including AP, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters, Yahoo! Finance, and Google News
• Targeted to industry and consumer information systems
• Archived in major databases including LexisNexis and Factiva
• Made available to journalists, consumers, bloggers and other online news audiences via RSS feeds, subscription emails, our exclusive PressPass service and other channels

Special pricing and IPO packages are available to Virginia Bio members. Email BIO@businesswire.com to find out more.

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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.  https://convention.bio.org/book_housing/ 

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