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Gathering the best ideas in bioscience

Monday, April 3, 2017  
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Hampton Roads must diversify its economy by aligning our strengths and our needs with emerging trends. The biomedical and health care sector is dynamic and expanding.

Our region is home to assets such as Eastern Virginia Medical School, LifeNet Health, Sentara Healthcare, Operation Smile, the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and our outstanding universities.
On Thursday, an important part of our efforts to strengthen these assets will get underway. THRiVE 2017, a daylong conference, will be hosted by Virginia Bio, the statewide advocacy group for the commercialization of bioscience innovation.
Hundreds of leaders from across Virginia — in private industry, research universities, health care systems, investors and service professionals — will discuss opportunities, share visions and explore new collaborations to realize the state’s potential for growth in bioscience.

Growth will be driven by innovation, and the conference program reflects that. But it is grounded in the causes that are important to this region, particularly the health of our veterans and active-duty military members. The featured afternoon program of the conference will focus on meeting the needs of our military.

We are dedicated to developing our biomedical and health care economy. Given our unique history, passion and capabilities, we are committed to playing a leading role nationally in the effort to heal our heroes.

Health care and life science innovation is a high-skill, high-wage economic sector. It also allows us to honor our deep commitment to help heal those who have served.

To learn more about THRiVE 2017, go to:

Co-Chairs for THRiVE 2017
Tom Frantz, Chair Emeritus, Williams Mullen                Richard Homan, President, Provost & Dean, EVMS

Howard Kern, President & CEO, Sentara Healthcare     Rony Thomas, President & CEO, LifeNet Health
Mayor Will Sessoms, City of Virginia Beach

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