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VBHRC- “the catalyst,” Adds New Members to Board

Wednesday, September 7, 2016  
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The Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation (VBHRC/“the catalyst”) has appointed five new members to its Board of Directors. The new members include Deborah L. Crawford, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, George Mason University; Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D., Vice President for Health Sciences, Virginia Tech; Jeffrey M. Gallagher, CEO, Virginia Bio; Howard P. Kern, President & CEO, Sentara Healthcare; and Tom Roberts, General Partner, Harbert Growth Partners.

“VBHRC is proud to announce the addition of these esteemed individuals to our Board of Directors,” said Mike Grisham, CEO, VBHRC/“the catalyst.” “Each of them brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the biosciences, which will help accelerate Virginia as a nationwide leader in this space. We thank Deborah, Michael, Jeff, Howard and Tom, as well as all of our dedicated Board of Directors, for their support in providing governance and leadership to VBHRC/‘the catalyst’.”

Jeffrey Gallagher, CEO, Virginia Bio said “Virginia Bio is closely aligned with VBHRC/’the catalyst’ in terms of our overall mission – fostering the acceleration of the biosciences in Virginia. With the diversity of healthcare organizations based across the state, as well as our northern proximity to federal health agencies such as NIH and the VA, Virginia is primed to be the next major hub for the bio and life sciences industry in the United States.”

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