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VABIO E-News: May 25, 2016 Edition

Focus Around Virginia 
A Word from Jeff Conroy

Dear Friends,
As I end my term as Chairman, I would like to thank our members, board members, executive committee members, our sponsors and, most importantly our excellent professional staff (Sherri, Liz, Caron and Stephone) and, of course, our CEO Jeff Gallagher. Virginia Bio is a thriving organization constantly seeking to expand the value we bring to the community.

Many of us can remember 2012 and the process of hiring Jeff Gallagher as CEO. I always like to highlight that in Jeff, we have a leader who as an entrepreneur was involved in funding, developing and licensing a product that won FDA approval. This brings a tremendous perspective to Jeff’s role as he works on our behalf. Over the past four years, Virginia Bio has become Jeff Gallagher’s organization. He is the respected face of life sciences in the Governor’s office, the General Assembly, the commercial community, the academic network and nationally. Jeff’s thoughtful and caring style complement a competitive spirit and drive to build Virginia Bio into a significant and respected organization. We are in good hands!

Briefly I want to celebrate our achievements over the last two years. Jeff’s leadership educating the Commonwealth’s leaders resulted in the largest budget expansion of Virginia investment in the life sciences. Our capital formation initiative has elevated the profile of Virginia companies during the JP Morgan Healthcare conference and we are expanding our capital formation efforts. We have created significant events for our community with the THRIVE conference and built a focus on more regional outreach. One of the special aspects of this community is the opportunity to build valuable relationships among peers.

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


fostering innovation act passes
BioHealth Capital Region Logo
Virginia Invests $4 Million in FUF
InCadence wins innovate award
Aperiomics Innovator of Year
Psi  launches Marketplace
clean your gut with isothrive
Goldsborough named ctso atcc
diffusion data in neuro journal new psm degree offered at gmu
vbrp named best of R&D in VA
GMO's found not harmful
Attend Bio meeting in San FRAN
welcome Biomedical Commercialization
WELCOME Mayton Consulting
WELCOME Marsh & McLennan  welcome fareva
VABIO Community News 
VABIO Member Anniversaries 

VABIO Events
Virginia Bio Calendar





New Bill Passes to Extend JOBS Act Provision

The JOBS Act provides emerging growth companies (EGCs) with a five-year exemption from Section 404(b) of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), which requires a costly external attestation of a company’s internal financial controls. The Fostering Innovation Act would extend the JOBS Act’s SOX 404(b) exemption for an additional five years for former EGCs that maintain a public float below $700 million and average annual revenues below $50 million. 

For complete article click here.

Help Design BioHealth Capital Region Logo-Cash Prize

The biohealth industry in Maryland, Virginia and DC needs a strong identity and brand that will help it grow and attract the best talent in the world. A competition is underway for the icon design. Anyone from an organization (college, company, PR firm, etc.) based in Maryland, Virginia or DC may submit an entry. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016. The winner will receive $5,000.

For complete article click here.

Virginia Bio Names Broad Run High School Sophomore Virginia BioGENEius Finalist

The Virginia Bioscience Foundation, a program of Virginia Bio named Broad Run High School sophomore Marissa Sumathipala, of Ashburn, VA as the winner of the 2016 Virginia BioGENEius Challenge, co-hosted by MedImmune, the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research and innovation in the biotechnology field. As the Virginia’s BioGENEius finalist, Marissa will attend the 2016 BIO International Convention in San Francisco, the industry’s trade conference, where she will engage with leading companies, scientists and innovators currently transforming the scientific landscape in order to gain invaluable insights into an industry making significant contributions to the world.

For complete article click here.

Virginia Invests $4 Million in UVA Focused Ultrasound Center

The Commonwealth of Virginia has dedicated $4 million in the state budget over the next two years to support the UVA Focused Ultrasound Center. This investment will have an incredible impact across the state, accelerating progress toward new cures, attracting additional funding, and stimulating the economy and jobs.

The additional resources will enable UVA to remain on the cutting edge of focused ultrasound progress, continuing research in movement disorders and expanding into areas like enhancing immunotherapy for breast cancer and non-invasive treatment for epilepsy, back pain, osteoarthritis, thyroid nodules, prostate cancer and more. UVA is at the forefront of the rapid advancement of this noninvasive medical technology, having been the first site in the world to use the technology to treat a patient with essential tremor and the first in the US for Parkinson’s disease.

For complete article click here.

InCadence Mobile Biometric Solution Wins “Transformer of the Year” Award 

Ares™, a mobile biometric solution created by InCadence Strategic Solutions has won the “Transformer of the Year” award at the 2016 ACT/IAC Igniting Innovation Showcase and Awards, held on April 25th in Washington D.C. The Transformer category recognizes an innovative program which uses existing technology to transform or extend capabilities resulting in new or broadened applicability and use.

For complete article click here.

Aperiomics Named Health & Life Sciences Innovator of the Year

Aperiomics was selected as the Health & Life Sciences Innovator of the Year by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce in their 2nd Annual Greater Washington Innovation Awards.

For complete article click here.

PSI Launches Marketplace Access Project


Patient Services Inc.(PSI) has brought together leading patient advocacy organizations to launch the Marketplace Access Project (MAP), a campaign dedicated to protecting non-profit premium assistance for patients living with chronic and life threatening diseases.

For complete article click here.

ISOThrive Available to Help Clean Your Gut 

Prince William Science Accelerator member, ISOThrive, is now commercially available. ISOThrive is the first naturally fermented concentrated prebiotic nectar. This nectar is the essential natural soluble fiber that heals and protects the gut by feeding your gut bacteria. 

For complete article click here.

ATCC Names New Chief Science & Technology Officer

ATCC, a global leader in biological materials management and standards has appointed Dr. Mindy Goldsborough as Chief Science and Technology Officer (CSTO). In this role, she will develop and execute ATCC’s overall scientific and technology strategy, including guidance and input on product development, technology assessment and development, and intellectual property as well as quality/regulatory and bioproduction/operations activities from a science and technology perspective.

For complete article click here.

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Data Published in Journal of Neurosurgery

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of trans sodium crocetinate (TSC) in newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) has been published online in the Journal of Neurosurgery (JNS), the official publication of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

For complete article click here.

George Mason Gets New Professional Science Master’s Degree

The Professional Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics Management at George Mason University has been approved by both the Professional Science Master organization and by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. This new degree will be offered beginning the fall 2016 semester.

For complete article click here

Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Named Best of R&D in Virginia

The most recent issue of Southern Business and Development named the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park as “Best of R&D in Virginia” and Richmond named “Best Locations for Biosciences in Virginia” In addition, Richmond and Ashland were recognized as “Best Cities Regardless of Size for Startups” in the “Best of Economic Development in Virginia.”

For complete article click here

NAS Finds Genetically Modified Food Not Harmful

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released its report, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects, that suggests there is no evidence that foods from genetically engineered crops are less safe than foods from non-genetically engineered crops.

For complete article click here

Are You Attending Bio International‬ in San Francisco?

What are you doing June 6-9, 2016? Have you thought about attending the BIO International Convention in San Francisco?

The convention attracts of 15,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders who come together for intensive networking to discover new opportunities and partnerships. A wide spectrum of life science and application areas including drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy will be covered.

For complete article click here

Investor Database Access Special Offer Expiring Soon

CB Insights is a National Science Foundation (NSF) backed data and technology company that exclusively focuses on private company financing and exit information. The database tracks any private company that has received financing including government grants angel investment, VC, growth equity, or had an exit via M&A, an IPO or other, and captures extensive information on both the financing and the investors.

As part of the capital formation plan, Virginia Bio made a significant investment for a one year subscription to this service allowing bioscience company members complimentary access. Members of Virginia Bio have been eligible to use this service for the past year. This one year special will expire in two weeks. If you would like access to this valuable investor research tool, make sure to get it now.

For more information click here

Welcome New Member: Biomedical Commercialization,  LLC

Consultant that focuses operationally on two areas: First is CEO coaching if and when required and second, some combination of hands-on marketing and sales support when the time is right. Strong relationships with a medical device reimbursement consultancy and an investment bank that transacts mergers and acquisitions. Secondly, business consulting with biomedical segments that include Medical Devices, Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Biotech.


Welcome New Member: Mayton Consulting

Independent business consulting specializing in biotechnology, healthcare, and start-up businesses. Service offerings include project management, change management, and laboratory consulting.

For more information please visit their website.

Welcome New Member: Marsh & McLennan

Marsh & McLennan is a global professional services firm, headquartered in New York City with businesses in insurance brokerage, risk management, reinsurance services, talent management, investment advisory, and management consulting.Their work embraces many of society’s most complex challenges: sustainable business growth; the health, wealth, and performance of organizations' people; resource security; cyber security; economic instability; climate change; and terror threats.

For more information please visit their website.

Welcome New Member: Fareva

FAREVA was founded in the Ardèche region of France in 1990. It is now a world subcontractor in the Industrial & Household, Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals fields.

For more information please visit their website.

VABIO Community News TO TOP

Venebio Group recently hired Maciek Sasinowski, MD, PhD, as Chief Strategy Officer.

Christopher Dosier, Ph.D. of Spheringenics, Inc. graduated May 14, 2016 with an MBA from the VCU School of Business. Chris received his undergraduate degree from VCU in 2006 and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013
 CSC Leasing Company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation has elected former Virginia Tech President, Charles Steger to their Board of Directors.

Dr. Rebecca Hammond has joined Dr. Warren Bickel, of Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has been awarded a new NIH program project (P01) from the National Cancer Institute on, “Evaluating the Impact of Tobacco Control Policies in a Rapidly Changing Nicotine Delivery Market." as an Associate in its Intellectual Property practice. Dr. Hammond received her J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Her practice focuses on intellectual property law with a concentration in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as legal opinions covering validity, infringement, freedom to operate and patentability.

Dr. Warren Bickel, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has been awarded a new NIH program project (P01) from the National Cancer Institute on, “Evaluating the Impact of Tobacco Control Policies in a Rapidly Changing Nicotine Delivery Market."
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:



JUNE 6-9
Event: BIO International Convention
Where: San Francisco, CA
When: Monday 6 - Thursday, June 9
Registration: For more BIO convention information click here.

JUNE 15-18
Event: SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn & Lab Tours
Where: George Mason University -- Science and Technology Campus, Manassas
When: Tuesday, June 14 11:30am-2:00pm
CIT is proud to partner with Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development to present a special lunch and learn session featuring a discussion of the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs.
Registration: For more information click here.

Event: IP Webinar
When: Wednesday, June 15, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Details: Webinar-Preparing for and conducting IP due diligence
Registration: Coming Soon

Charlottesville Biotech & Beer
Where: iLab at UV, Charlottesville, VA
When: Monday, June 27 5:30-7:30pm
Details: Enjoy an evening with food, fun and lively conversation at Biotech and Beer. Meet old friends and new colleagues in the life science community. Complimentary admission for any bioscience company employees, and university students and researchers with advanced registration.
Sponsors: Cherry Bekaert, CSC Leasing, VBHRC "the catalyst" and Wells Fargo
Registration: Click here for additional information.

Event: Roanoke Biotech & Beer
Where: Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Details: Enjoy an evening with food, fun and lively conversation at Biotech and Beer. Meet old friends and new colleagues in the life science community. Complimentary admission for any bioscience company employees, and university students and researchers with advanced registration

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.
Sponsors: Inova, Pfizer, Darden Executive Education, MedImmune and Virginia Biotechnology Research Park.

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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