Thrive 2022

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.

THRiVE 2022, organized in partnership with the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), the Regional Accelerator and Mentoring Program (RAMP) and the Valleys Innovation Council (VIC), as well as the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, the Carilion Clinic, and the VTC Ventures, in Roanoke, VA highlighted the many accomplishments and the significant players in Virginia biotechnology and life sciences ecosystem.

Nearly 200 attended convened in Roanoke, VA, on April 28, 2022 to learn about dozens of exciting new companies and technologies under development in Virginia and meet the people behind them. 

THRiVE 2022, Roanoke, VA
April 28, 2022

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To get a general idea about the conference structure, please refer to the last THRiVE agenda below.

2022 Thrive Agenda

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Registration, networking and breakfast

8:30 am – 9:05 am
Welcome from Virginia Bio and Roanoke
Virginia Bio Connect / State of Virginia Biotech Ecosystem

9:05 am – 9:45 am
“What’s Hot” in Southwest Virginia

9:45 am – 9:55 am
Virginia Bio Innovator Awards

9:55 am – 10:05 am
Virginia Bio Foundation – Developing our Future

10:05 am – 10:25 am
Networking Break

10:25 am – 11:10 am
Resilience in a Global Pandemic

11:20 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions

  • Sustainability
  • Health Innovation / Personalized Precision Medicine

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 
Lunch and Networking / Virginia Wins!

1:00 pm – 1:40 pm
Life Science Workforce: Collective Impact and Innovative Training

1:40 pm – 2:40 pm
Accelerating, Mentoring and Funding Virginia Biotech Startups

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm
Networking Break

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Keynote: Nancy Agee (Carilion Clinic), Michael Friedlander (Fralin Biomedical Research Institute)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Conclusions on the Day and Moving Ahead