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VABIO E-News: July 26, 2015 Edition

Focus Around Virginia 
A Word from CEO Jeff Gallagher

Members and Friends of Virginia Bio,

Earlier this month I was surprised when I returned from lunch to discover my office had been "redecorated” with cardboard - over 50 large boxes stacked high and deep. (click here for picture).

Hmmm. A little trip round the corner to see Sherri and Caron and ask what’s going on revealed this. Lab supplies, thousands of dollars of lab supplies. Not for us, but a donation by VWR, facilitated by the Virginia Bio Foundation, for a summer STEM camp at George Mason University called FOCUS. They were selected by camp leaders from a master list from overstock at VWR, a close partner of Virginia Bio.

F.O.C.U.S. (Females of Color and those Underrepresented in STEM) is a week-long camp which exposes middle school girls to a variety of disciplines within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The camp specifically targets girls in middle school because research shows that’s the age where early interest in STEM often declines, but it can be reversed by thoughtful intervention. The camp is fun, hands-on and intellectually stimulating to sustain and elevate the girls’ interests in STEM.

There’s individual learning and collaborative projects. On day five, the participants present one of the topics from the week in a poster session with invited faculty, students, and family. There’s a "Leadership and Entrepreneurship” component to F.O.C.U.S. which gives the students an opportunity to meet successful women who currently work for leading organizations and/or own their own businesses.

Thanks to donations, this program grew from 19 girls and 4 counselors in 2014 to 100 girls and 22 counselors this summer. The Virginia Bio Foundation, thanks to contributions from member companies and individuals, was able to provide scholarships to 5 girls who otherwise would not have been able to enjoy this experience this summer.

For complete article click here.

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In this issue
focus around Virginia
VABIO Articles
VABIO Community News
VABIO Anniversaries
VABIO Calendar


can bad cells be used for good
VBHRC Funding available

New Accelerator in Roanoke
ceres received D.O.D. funding
Gooden named secretary of ag
ilab removes boundaries
D.c. ranked top startup area

Celetrix joins Accelerator       New Tremor treatment approved dcls testing for zika
immunarray get $10M Investment
Cadence Moves into WI space
CEL-SCI gets European Patent
ISOThrive Gains Endorsement
Be a Part of VA Velocity Tours
ODU& Norfolk Open new center
Lighthouse Labs class of 2016
advancement in AP System
WELCOME krameramado
WELCOME Wells fargo
VABIO Community News 
VABIO Member Anniversaries 

VABIO Events
Virginia Bio Calendar




When “Bad” Cells Can Actually Be Helpful

Erica L. Buonomo and her team of colleagues at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified immune cells vital for protecting us from potentially fatal C. difficile bacterial infections. These cells are often criticized for their role in causing asthma and allergies but when it comes to C. difficile, they could be the difference between life and death. This discovery helps answer questions about C. difficile, shed light on why antibiotics lead to severe C. difficile infections and identified a potential way for doctors to prevent the life-threatening infection – and possibly other infections as well.

For complete article click here.

Apply Now for Round Six of Grant Funding from Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation

The Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation (VBHRC/“the catalyst) is accepting applications/letters of interests (LOIs) for the sixth round of grants. VBHRC/”the catalyst” awards grants that fund the development, validation and application of new approaches to accelerate translational research of breakthrough technologies in the life sciences. The awards, which range from $200,000 to $800,000, will be used to accelerate translational research in the Commonwealth of Virginia through collaborations between industry and Virginia research universities. The deadline for consideration is September 8, 2016.

For complete article click here.

New Accelerator Coming to Roanoke

Propelling high-potential startups to expand and create jobs is the goal of RAMP, Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program, in Roanoke. It’s part of a nearly $1.5 million investment, which includes a $600,000 state grant, aimed at helping technology businesses grow. Organizers said the RAMP business accelerator could help foster growth of startup companies and attract high-paying jobs to the Roanoke Valley.

For complete article click here.

Ceres Receives $980K Award from US Department of Defense

Ceres Nanosciences, Inc. has started a development program, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DAPRA) of the US Department of Defense, to use Ceres’ Nanotrap® particle technology to assess methods of detecting panels of immune function markers in non-invasive sample types. 

For complete article click here.

Gooden Named Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry

Dr. Basil I. Gooden, has been appointed Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry in Virginia succeeding current Secretary Todd Haymore, who will become Secretary of Commerce and Trade in September.

For complete article click here.

Virtual i.Lab Removes Geographical Boundaries

The University of Virginia’s i.Lab is a University-wide initiative that creates a relationship for entrepreneurship and innovation education. Its summer incubator program for new ventures and its resources for growing start-ups, has helped Charlottesville reputation as a growing hub of entrepreneurship. But UVA’s community of innovation extends far beyond the boundaries of Central Virginia, and now, the i.Lab does, too.

For complete article
click here.

Washington D.C. Area Tops Startup Growth Study


The latest Kauffman Index study ranked the Washington D.C. area as the area with the biggest startup growth. The study measures entrepreneurship growth in 40 cities nationwide. The study is focused on output rather than input, which means it's looking at factors like business density, new companies, and growth rates. The study also measures entrepreneurship at the national, state, and metropolitan level. 

For complete article click here.

Celetrix Joins Prince William Science Accelerator

Celetrix, a biotech company specializing in the commercialization of new types of high efficiency electroporators, has joined the Prince William Science Accelerator. This company will join the brand new wet lab facility.

For complete article click here.

FDA Approves New Treatment for Essential Tremor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor in patients who have not responded to medication. INSIGHTEC’s Exablate Neuro uses magnetic resonance (MR) images taken during the procedure to deliver focused ultrasound to destroy brain tissue in a tiny area thought to be responsible for causing tremors.

For complete article click here.

Virginia Testing for Zika Virus

The Department of General Services’ Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) will begin testing mosquitoes in targeted areas across Virginia for Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that poses a particular threat to pregnant woman and their unborn children.

For complete article click here.

ImmunArray Closes out Series B Funding Round

ImmunArray has received a $10 million investment that will help it further develop its blood-testing technology for chronic diseases such as lupus and for traumatic head injuries. The lead investor is Exigent, a private-equity firm based in New York and Jerusalem. The firm operates multiple funds in liquid markets, as well for vehicles for private equity and venture capital investments.

For complete article click here.

Cadence Moves into New Wisconsin Facility

Cadence moved into a new, state-of-the-art, 63,000 square foot facility located in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park at 1425 S. Neenah Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for later in the month.

For complete article click here

CEL-SCI Receives European Patent for Multikine

CEL-SCI has been granted a new European patent covering its investigational Phase 3 cancer immunotherapy drug Multikine* (Leucocyte Interleukin). The patent, titled “A Method Of Pre-Sensitizing Cancer Prior To Treatment With Radiation and/or Chemotherapy And A Novel Cytokine Mixture,” is not limited to any one particular type of cancer and can include multiple types of cancer.

For complete article click here.

ISOThrive Gains Endorsement as a Safe and Natural Prebiotic

Dr. John Selling, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at Stanford Medical School, has endorsed ISOThrive’s prebiotic nectar. It is the world's first concentrated prebiotic soluble fiber derived through a natural fermentation process.

For complete article click here.

Be a Part of Virginia Velocity Tours

The Virginia Velocity Tour is part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity business plan competition, which launched last year to spur entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth. The tour will travel across Virginia from September 19-23, with each stop highlighting a particular regional strength. Each day will feature a full day of events culminating in public pitch competitions to be held in Roanoke, Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, and Charlottesville.

For more information and to apply, click here.

ODU and Norfolk Open Center for Innovation

The Old Dominion University Innovation Center was created through a partnership between ODU's Center for Enterprise Innovation (CEI) and the City of Norfolk. The center provides area entrepreneurs with collaboration space and a comprehensive program of services designed to grow a community of s entrepreneurial businesses within Norfolk's Innovation Corridor.

For complete article click here.

Lighthouse Labs Announces 2016 Participants

Lighthouse Labs has selected the business teams for the 2016 accelerator program that begins Monday, August 15.  Each team receives a $20,000 grant with no equity stake along with an intensive 3-month experience in the Lighthouse Labs accelerator program.

For complete article click here.

Agreement to Accelerate Development and Commercialization of Closed-Loop Artificial Pancreas System

Tandem Diabetes Care®, a medical device company and manufacturer of a family of innovative touchscreen insulin pumps, and TypeZero Technologies, a digital health and personalized medicine company, announced that they have entered into a License Agreement allowing Tandem to integrate TypeZero’s artificial pancreas (“AP”) technology into a next-generation t:slim® Insulin Pump. TypeZero’s AP tech has been used in over 28 clinical studies with over 475 participants. The tech has treat-to-target algorithms that were developed by TypeZero based on initial research done by the University of Virginia.

For complete article click here.

Welcome New Member: Kramer Amado

KramerAmado is an intellectual property law firm that provides a large scope of patent research services. They specialize in the areas of chemical, biotechnological, medical, electrical, communications, technical design, software, business methods and the Internet. Kramer & Amado is able to handle the entire patent search for any new technical invention or idea, and unlike others in the field, we do not subcontract any part of the process.

For more information please visit their website.

Welcome New Member: Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo is an international banking and financial services holding company Wells Fargo became is the world's largest bank by market capitalization. Wells Fargo surpassed Citigroup Inc. to become the third-largest U.S. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy their customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

For more information please visit their website.

VABIO Community News TO TOP

Emily White, MD, has joined Focused Ultrasound Foundation as the Director of Operations. She will lead an ongoing effort to increase efficiency and effectiveness throughout the organization.

Esin B. Sozer, a postdoctoral research scientist in the Nanoscale Bioelectrical Physics laboratory at the Old Dominion University Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, was awarded the first Arthur Pilla Young Scientist Award for her presentation at the BioEM 2016 meeting in Belgium.


VABIO Member Anniversaries TO TOP

Virginia Bio would like to thank our long term members who have recently celebrated their membership anniversaries:



Event: Roanoke Biotech & Beer Beer
Where: Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5:00pm-7:00pm
Details: Please join us to see old friends and meet new colleagues in the life science community. Complimentary admission for all bioscience company employees, and university students and researchers with advanced registration. All others may purchase tickets.
Registration: Click here for additional information and to register.

Event: IP Webinar: Licensing Do's and Don'ts
When: Wednesday, August 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Details: The fifth installment of our Intellectual Property webinar. This one will cover licensing, specifically to biotech agreements & IP licensing issues relating to University research and licensing opportunities.
Registration: Coming soon.

5th International Symposium on Focus Ultrasound 2016
Where: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda MD
When: Sunday, August 28 - Thursday, September 1
Details: Attend the world's leading forum for sharing the latest translational and clinical advances in focused ultrasound – a groundbreaking non-invasive therapeutic technology. Targeted to scientists, clinicians, and other stakeholders, the conference will offer a multifaceted exploration of this emerging field and feature plenary sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations and technical exhibits.
Registration: Click here for additional information.
Event: Virginia Bio Commercialization Luncheon - September 8, 2016
Where: Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, Richmond, VA
When: Thursday, September 8, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Details: Introduction to McKesson-René Castro, Ph.D.,Senior Vice President,Corporate Strategy & Business Development at McKesson
Sponsors: Greater Richmond Partnership, VCU Innovation Gateway, We Work For Health and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park

Event: Women Building Bio: The XX Factor
Where: Inova Center for Personalized Health, Fairfax
When: Thursday, September 29
Details: Day-long experience, filled with expert presentations, interactive discussions and networking aimed at building a stronger bioscience industry, stronger companies and institutions, stronger collaborations and stronger individuals. Breakouts, panel discussions, structured breaks and a capstone networking reception will provide generous opportunity to make new acquaintances, explore collaborations and renew existing ties. Click here for more information.
Registration: Click here for registration.
Sponsors: Inova, Pfizer, Darden Executive Education, MedImmune, Prince William Economic Development, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Greenberg Traurig, Cherry Bekaert, Squire Patton Boggs, and Virginia Biotechnology Research Park.

Event: SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop
Where: Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, Richmond, VA
When: Tuesday, October 11- Wednesday, October 13, 2016
Details: This full day workshop presents an overview of the SBIR/STTR programs at all 11 agencies, then focuses on specifics to the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR programs. The NIH has over $800M available each year via SBIR/STTR, funding early stage, high risk research on projects that have a high potential to make a big impact. The NIH SBIR/STTR programs have three deadlines per year: April 5, Sept. 5, and Jan. 5. Learn how to plan, engage with the NIH, and begin to write a compelling and compliant proposal. Event will be taught by BBC ETC, one of the leading SBIR consulting firms in the US.

Click here for more information and to register.

Event: Southeast BIO Investor & Partnering Forum
Where: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, Florida
When: Tuesday, October 11- Wednesday, October 13, 2016
Details: More than 300 biotech and medtech investors, corporate executives, university representatives, entrepreneurs and service providers will attend the event this year. This is a rich opportunity to showcase your company at the most significant annual life science conference in the Southeast.

Click here for more information and to register.

Event: Pharma EXPO
Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
When: Sunday, November 6- Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Details: Join other members of pharma, biopharma, medical device, personal care and nutraceutical manufacturing industry at the Pharma EXPO Focused on all phases of pharmaceutical manufacturing and its supply chain, network and learn more about the industry.
Registration: Click here for more information and to register.

Virginia Bio, was formed in 1992 and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a non-profit association. The purpose of the Association is to promote the biotechnology industry in Virginia, expand the knowledge and expertise of Virginia's businesses concerning biotechnology through seminars, educational publications and other means, to enhance public awareness of the biotechnology industry in Virginia and the scientific, economic and other benefits it provides, and to represent the interests of the biotechnology industry in Virginia before federal, state and local legislators and regulators.  We provide a forum for members and their guests to get to know each other and the many bioscience companies operating today in Virginia and serving our biotech community. We coordinate information among the many agencies and organizations interested in biotechnology.

To learn more about Virginia Bio and how you can get involved, Click Here

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