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VABIO E-News: March 24, 2016 Edition

Focus Around Virginia 
A Word from CEO Jeff Gallagher

Members and Friends of Virginia Bio,

Over the past several months a steering committee of women from across the state and across many sectors of the bio industry have been planning a first-ever statewide conference highlighting and building on the contributions of women to the biosciences in Virginia.

Virginia Women Building Bio - The XX Factor will be a 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.

We are soon to finalize the date and location in Northern Virginia for this terrific event.

The event promises to bring together leaders from life science companies, entrepreneurs, researchers, funders, professional firms and public policy makers, research institutions, health care systems and will provide information, advice and open discussion on important topics. Topics will include finding sources of investment, collaborations in research and commercialization, developing employees and leaders in the ever changing workforce, and networking.

Breakouts, panel discussions, structured breaks and a capstone networking reception will provide generous opportunity to make new acquaintances, explore collaborations and renew existing ties.

This will be the first time women in all sectors of bioscience have come together from across Virginia, to identify needs and opportunities, identify leaders across the state in all fields, make connections and learn from one another. We expect this to be the start of an annual event bringing women together.

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


Inova starts $100M Venture Fund
Califf New FDA Commissioner
enter space race for funding

Cancer drug gets new status
AccuTec Blades to Expand
GMU Detects Lime Disease Early
UniFirst Now Available to VABio
workforce training laws signed
VTCRI promotion & expansion
Student Challenge Now Open
Apply for Intern Grants
Evms va scientist of the year
sign up for stemvoice video
INSPIRE Women Act Passes House
WELCOME Woods rogers plc
WELCOME csc leasing
WELCOME contraline
VABIO Community News 
VABIO Member Anniversaries 

VABIO Events
Virginia Bio Calendar




Inova Plans $100 Million Venture Fund Focused on Precision Medicine

Inova Health System will set up a $100 million venture fund focused on precision medicine. The Inova Innovation Fund will include an incubator program and commercialization program to scale breakthroughs for the healthcare system, and is a key plank of the healthcare system's goal to develop the biotech and diagnostics industry in its home state.

For complete article click here.

Robert Califf Confirmed as the New FDA Commissioner

Senate lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to confirm Robert Califf, a longtime cardiologist and academic researcher, as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Califf, who joined the FDA a year ago after decades as a researcher and administrator at Duke University, was nominated by President Obama to run the agency last September.

For complete article click here.

Join the SPACE RACE to Launch a “Gazelle” Startup around NASA Technology with Substantial Seed Funding

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has partnered with the non-profit Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) in an unprecedented initiative to encourage entrepreneurs to form startups using space technology. CAI is further collaborating with the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation (MCA) to orchestrate this initiative to create new entrepreneurial platforms and spur “net new” economic growth in the Paso del Norte region and around the globe. Their combined initiative is dubbed the SPACE RACE Challenge and leverages the benefits of the Startup NASA initiative, which has an unprecedented licensing arrangement, eliminating fees for the first three years of commercial use of NASA’s patented technologies.

For complete article click here.

MedImmune Receives “Breakthrough” Status from FDA for Cancer Drug

A cancer immunotherapy drug under development at MedImmune, received "breakthrough" status from the Food and Drug Administration for its use in patients with metastatic bladder cancer.  The drug candidate inhibits what's known as a programmed death-ligand, or PD-L1 protein, which cancer uses to suppress the immune system.

For complete article click here.

AccuTec Blades to Expand in Augusta County

AccuTec Blades, Inc., manufacturer of high-quality specialty, medical and professional blades and tools, will invest $5.37 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Augusta County. Virginia successfully competed against several other states for the project, which will retain 138 jobs and create 53 new jobs.

For complete article click here.

GMU Researchers Detect Lime Disease Early

For researchers at George Mason University, it's been three years in the making. "It makes us feel very proud, but it also breaks your heart to hear about patients who have not been diagnosed early on, who then got more and more symptoms and suffered," George Mason University Professor, Lance Liotta said.

For complete article click here.

VABIO Members Can Now Save on Uniforms


Virginia Bio is pleased to announce a program that can help member companies save on uniform services through UniFirst Corporation. This savings program is the result of collaboration between Virginia Bio and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO).

For additional information, visit our Discount Programs page here.

McAuliffe Signs a Pay-for-Performance Workforce Training Program 

Governor McAuliffe signed into law House Bill 66 and Senate Bill 576, creating the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and Program. These new laws will establish a workforce training program and incentivize real career pathways through industry-credential attainment for high-demand occupations at community colleges and higher education centers.  Between 40-65% of all jobs over the next decade will require these middle-skill credentials.

For complete article click here.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute's Leader Gains New Title & Campus Expansion

Dr. Michael Friedlander, the founding executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has been named Virginia Tech’s inaugural vice president for health sciences and technology. Friedlander will continue as executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. His new responsibilities call for him to lead a dynamic network that connects and enhances health science-related work across the university.

For complete article click here.

The bond package agreement released by the General Assembly includes about $45 million to double the size of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, a major expansion that local lawmakers hailed as one of the biggest economic development strides the region has seen in years.

For complete article click here.

Virginia Bio Welcomes Dr. Reg Seeto to Board of Directors 
Virginia Bio, the premier statewide non-profit association representing life science industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia, elected Dr. Reg Seeto, Vice President, Head of Partnering and Strategy at MedImmune, the biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, as a new member of their Board of Directors for a term of three years.

For complete article click here.

Students Can Apply for the Virginia BioGenius Challenge
The Virginia BioGENEius Challenge is a high school competition hosted by Virginia Bio, the Virginia Bioscience Foundation and sponsored by MedImmune.This is a competition for high school students doing research in biotechnology, agriculture and/or industrial and environment science. Applicant must be a student enrolled (Grade 9 to 12) in any public or private school within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students must apply on-line, complete an online application to the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge by April 20, 2016. Winners from the state challenge will go on to compete in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge taking place during the BIO International Conference in San Francisco, CA in June.

For more information click here.

Apply Now:Virginia Bio Foundation Matching Summer Internship Funds
The Virginia Bioscience Foundation (VBF), an initiative of the Virginia Biotechnology Association (Virginia Bio), is offering matching funds of $1,000 each for summer internships.

The criteria are as follows: The biotechnology or medical device company must be planning to match or exceed the $1,000 award for the intern and the intern must be currently enrolled in a Virginia institution of higher education or be a resident of the Commonwealth currently enrolled in an institution of higher education.

For complete article click here.

EVMS Scientist Named Virginia Outstanding Scientist for 2016
Dr. Jerry Nadler, Internal Medicine Chairman & Vice Dean of Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School, who is making potentially game-changing advances in diabetes research, has been named Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist for 2016.

For complete article click here.

Middle & High School Students Sign Up for the 2016 STEM Voice Video Competition

The STEM Voice™ Video Competition is a nationwide opportunity for students in grades 5 - 12 to artistically explore the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The competition encourages creativity and the use of video to show how much students love STEM. Act it out, create an animation, sing it - but make sure it is appropriate for all ages.

For complete article click here.

Comstock’s INSPIRE Women Act Passes House
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s (VA-10) Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act has passed the House. The INSPIRE Women Act authorizes the NASA Administrator to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as the STEM fields, and to pursue careers that will further advance America’s space science and exploration efforts through support of initiatives such as NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS; Aspire-Inspire; and the Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research.

For complete article click here.

Welcome New Member: Woods Rogers PLC
More than 60 attorneys at Woods Rogers PLC represent 17 practice areas and 100-plus related services. Our largest practice areas are Corporate Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Litigation. Woods Rogers has served clients in Virginia and beyond since 1893.

For more information please visit their website.

Welcome New Member: CSC Leasing Company
CSC Leasing Company was founded in 1986 as an independent Lessor of technology equipment. We provide custom lease solutions to meet the ever-changing business and competitive needs of growing organizations – from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Our clients include companies across a wide array of industries, municipalities and non-profits located throughout the Unites States.

For more information please visit their website.

Welcome New Member: Contraline

Contraline is developing a revolutionary contraceptive for men called Echo-V. It is non-surgical, non-hormonal, reversible gel implant. No incisions, scalpels, or stitches are required.

For more information please visit their website.

VABIO Community News TO TOP
Cupron’s Alastair Monk welcomed a baby girl, Madelyn Rita Monk, on January 15, 2016.

Virginia Biotechnology Research Park's Sara Maddox welcomed a baby boy, Jacob (Jake) Patrick Maddox, on February 9, 2016.

On March 2, 2016, Jarret Wright of Polymer Solutions Incorporated presented on Nanocharacterization at the Boston Medical Development Group monthly forum. This presentation was attended by 200 medical device and pharmaceutical professionals. Jarret’s presentation focused on analytical techniques and novel sample preparation methods to use during the development and characterization of nanomaterials.
VABIO Member Anniversaries TO TOP

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


Virginia Bio would also like to thank our members renewing for the first time:

WORLD COURIER                                           


Event: Legislative Session Enters Home Stretch: A Webinar Wrap-Up with Virginia Bio
When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Details: Virginia Bio has been working hard during this legislative session and wants to inform our members of the on going progress.
Registration: Virginia Bio Members register here.

Event: ShareVault Webinar: Selecting Suppliers to Help You Build Medical Devices
When: Thursday, March 31, 2:00pm -3:00pm
Details: Webinar to understand the best practices to tackle issues, avoid risk, and meet regulatory expectations.
Registration: Click here to attend the webinar.

Event: Southwest Virginia Life Science Forum 2016
Where: Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Roanoke, VA
When: Thursday, April 7, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Details: Come meet other scientists from the region, get some new cutting-edge ideas, and maybe even come up with a collaboration or two. There will be appetizers and refreshments along with a poster session featuring representatives of academic, industry, and non-profit technology organizations. This event is free!
Registration: Click here for additional information and to register.

Event: BIO Legislative Day Fly-In 2016
When: Tuesday, April 12th-Wednesday, April 13th
Details: Once a year, BIO hosts the Legislative Day Fly-In, inviting biotechnology executives from across the country to come to Washington D.C. for a day and a half of legislative briefings and advocacy.
Registration: Click here for additional information and to register.

Event: Virginia Bio Commercialization Luncheon - April 2015
Where: Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, Richmond, VA
When: Thursday, April 14, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Details: Iggbo: Phlebology That’s Convenient for You
Iggbo is the future of professional phlebotomy. They connect phlebotomists, physicians, and labs to deliver high quality venipuncture services any time, any place. Designed as a complete solution for the entire laboratory testing process, Iggbo manages every aspect of the diagnostic testing -- from the initial requisition to packing and shipping of samples.
Registration: Click here to register.
Sponsors: Greater Richmond Partnership, VCU Innovation Gateway, We Work For Health and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park

MAY 12
Event: Virginia Bio Commercialization Luncheon - May 2016
Where: Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, Richmond, VA
When: Thursday, May 12, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Details: Frontiers in Neuroscience Research-Read Montague
Montague's work centers broadly on human social cognition, decision-making, and willful choice with a goal of understanding the computational and neurobiological basis of these functions in health and disease. Montague's work particularly focuses on computational neuroscience - the connection between physical mechanisms present in real neural tissue and the computational functions that these mechanisms embody.

Sponsors: Greater Richmond Partnership, VCU Innovation Gateway, We Work For Health and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park

MAY 23
Event: VirginiaBrainRx: A Symposium on Drug Discovery for the Brain
Where: The Omni Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA
When: Monday, May 23rd-Tuesday May 24th
Details: VirginiaBrainRx will bring together researchers on brain diseases from Virginia universities, research institutes, and pharmaceutical companies to highlight the challenges and opportunities for drug discovery in the Commonwealth for targeting brain diseases.
Registration: Click here 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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