After an application process, 8 companies will be invited to deliver an eight-minute pitch before a panel of judges and an audience of life sciences investors.

Participating companies may be eligible for cash prizes and a one-year virtual or resident membership in Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS @ Washington, DC, and the opportunity to deliver the winning pitch to an audience of 200+ at the BioDiscovery Summit.

  • Pitches will consist of 8-minute presentations plus 5 minutes of Q&A with the panel of judges. Slides accepted.
  • The invitation-only audience will include life sciences investors from around the US.
  • The schedule will allow for direct conversations between founders and investors.
  • LVG will also solicit Poster Presentations from University of Virginia researchers with pre-commercial ideas.

BioSpark Virginia Application Criteria 

  • Companies must be based in Virginia
  • Open to companies that have established entity and raised early seed funding.
  • Companies must not have raised more than $10 million in funding
  • Companies may only enter one product or service
  • The submitted product or service must fall under one of the following categories:
    • Therapeutics
    • Digital Health
    • Medical Device
    • Diagnostics
    • Healthcare Adjacent Tech
  • Application Deadline: September 15
  • Notifications will be made by September 25