THRiVE 2022: Building the Bioscience Ecosystem to Shape the Future

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04/28/2022  – 04/28/2022
8:00 am  – 4:00 pm  EST

Hôtel Roanoke, Shenandoah Avenue Northwest, Roanoke, VA, USA

Contact Information:
Caron Trumbo 804-643-6360

THRiVE 2022 is around the corner. Organized in partnership with Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program (RAMP) and Valleys Innovation Council (VIC), as well as the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion, Carilion Clinic, and VTC Ventures in Roanoke, VA. This conference will highlight the many accomplishments and the significant players of the last three years.

Join us in Roanoke, VA, on April 28 to learn about dozens of exciting new companies and technologies under development in Virginia and meet the people behind them.

Plan to come to Roanoke by train? We have an exclusive Amtrak offer for you!

See agenda with confirmed speakers below:

8:00 AM 8:30 AM Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM 8:45 AM Welcome from Virginia Bio and Roanoke John Newby (Virginia Bio)

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-11th District (Roanoke))

Marc Nelson (Roanoke Economic Development)
8:45 AM 9:05 AM Virginia Bio Connect / State of Virginia Biotech Ecosystem John Newby (Virginia Bio)
9:05 AM 9:45 AM “What’s Hot” in Southwest Virginia Erin Burcham (Verge)
Victor Iannello (Chorda Pharma)
Brett Malone (VT Corporate Research Center)
Aileen Helsel (Carilion Clinic)
9:45 AM 9:55 AM Virginia Bio Innovator Awards Ross Dunlap (Virginia Bio Board Vice Chair, Ceres Nanosciences)
9:55 AM 10:05 AM Virginia Bio Foundation – Developing our Future Jim Powers (Virginia Bio Foundation Chairman, HemoShear Therapeutics)
10:25 AM 11:10 AM Resilience in a Global Pandemic Chandra Briggman (Activation Capital)
Robby Demeria (Phlow)
Robert Trestman (Carilion Clinic)
Carla Finkielstein (Fralin Biomedical Research Institute)
11:20 AM 12:00 PM  

Concurrent Sessions

Sustainability Gitanjali Baveja (Zasti)
Arlan Peters (Novozymes)
Health Innovation / Personalized Precision Medicine Amrie Grammer (AMPEL BioSolutions)
David Ayares (Revivicor)
Robert Gourdie (Tiny Cargo)
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch and Networking / Virginia Wins! Julie Ebert (Silicon Valley Bank)
Tom Gordon (Silicon Valley Bank)
Andrew Krouse (Slate Bio/Cavion)
1:00 PM 1:40 PM Life Science Workforce: Collective Impact and Innovative Training Amy White (Virginia Western Community College)
Cynthia Lawrence (Carilion Clinic)
Caroline Sutter (Mason and Partner Clinics)
1:40 PM 2:40 PM Accelerating, Mentoring and Funding Virginia Biotech Startups Sally Allain (Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS)
Mary Miller (RAMP)
Elizabeth Pyle (SBDC ICAP Mentor)
Bob Creeden (UVA LVG)
James Ramey (VTC Ventures)
Alex Euler (VIPC Virginia Venture Partners)
3:00 PM 3:45 PM Keynote Address Nancy Agee (Carilion Clinic)
Michael Friedlander (Fralin Biomedical Research Institute)
3:45 PM 4:00 PM Conclusions on the Day and Moving Ahead John Newby (Virginia Bio)


THRiVE is Virginia Bio’s largest statewide event. It is a conference that brings together the leading researchers from biomedical research universities and health systems, entrepreneurs, startups and emerging bioscience companies from the state. Envisioned as an opportunity to network and learn, THRiVE welcomes and connects the myriad of life science subgroups – from pharmaceutical to medical device, from agriculture to informatics, from digital health to industrial bio.

Thank you to our sponsors!