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VABIO E-News: January 22, 2015 Edition

Focus Around Virginia 
A Word from CEO Jeff Gallagher

Members and friends of Virginia Bio,

Virginia Bio Foundation is the charitable sister organization to Virginia Bio. Through the Foundation our members and our industry helps the next generation to become the researchers, clinicians, healers, developers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Over the last year the Foundation has taken a fresh look at its mission under the leadership of Chair Jim Powers, CEO of Hemoshear, and fellow board members Mark Herzog, VP Corporate Affairs, kaléo, Nikki Hastings, VP of Hemoshear, and myself. The Board undertook a review of the unmet needs in bioSTEM education in Virginia, and assessed what role Virginia Bio is uniquely suited to play, how to leverage our resources for the greatest impact and how to complement - not duplicate or interfere with - ongoing efforts of others. We developed close relationships with key state leaders, including Virginia’s STEM Director Megan Healey, and Eric Rhoades, Director, Office of Science and Health Education, Division of Instruction, Virginia Department of Education. We interviewed folks around the state already doing great work in this area, such as our friends at the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech, with its successful Biotech in a Box program. The conclusion: focus programs on informing, exciting and equipping the teachers.

For complete article click here.

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


VABIO Community News 
VABIO Member Anniversaries 

VABIO Events
Virginia Bio Calendar


Two U.Va. Faculty Members Named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Two faculty members are the first from the University of Virginia to be named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), an accolade created in 2010 to recognize those who invent or facilitate significant patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.                      

For complete article click here.

U.Va. Research VP, Thomas Skalak Named Foundation Executive Director of Science and Technology

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation welcomes the expertise of renowned bioengineer Thomas C. Skalak Ph.D., as Executive Director of Science and Technology programs. Beginning February 1, 2015, Skalak will provide both strategic direction and oversee the Science and Technology group for the Foundation, which seeks to fund high-risk, high-reward projects that are poised to make significant impacts on the research field as a whole.

For complete article click here.

Joe Meredith of Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center Receives Award

Joe Meredith, president of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, was recently honored by the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) with its 2014 Career Achievement Award.

The award, which was presented in the AURP’s international conference held last month, recognizes individuals who have made research and science parks a central focus of their careers, who have achieved success with one or more parks over a substantial period of time, and who have received peer recognition for advancing the field of research and science parks.

For complete article click here.

HemoShear Collaborating with Pfizer To Help Identify and Predict DIVI

HemoShear will have a multi-year platform collaboration with Pfizer Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, which will combine the scientific and technical expertise of both companies, HemoShear will leverage its proprietary discovery platform with the aim to develop a predictive model for preclinical drug-induced vascular injury (DIVI).

For complete article click here.

AdvaMed 2015 Accepting Panel Session Proposals By March 17

AdvaMed 2015 will take place October 5-7 and offers engaging, insightful and relevant educational content that is designed for the busy MedTech executive. More than 30 educational panels feature experienced industry CEOs, experts, regulators and more.

AdvaMed’s world-class program addresses the latest and most important issues that MedTech professionals MUST know. AdvaMed is now accepting panel proposals for the tracks.

For complete article click here.

VCU Engineering Professor Helping Reduce Cost of Key AIDS Drug

A team of researchers led by a Virginia Commonwealth University engineering professor has invented a far more cost-effective way to manufacture a widely used AIDS drug, potentially greatly expanding access to the much-needed drug in countries with emerging economies, such as South Africa.

"We've had a major breakthrough," said B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D., a research professor in the School of Engineering and chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, who is leading the project. "We have developed a much more cost-effective way to produce this drug."

For complete article click here.

VCU Receives Carnegie Foundation 2015 Community Engagement Classification

Virginia Commonwealth University has received national recognition for community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. VCU is one of 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification. VCU first received the classification in 2006. Institutions originally classified in 2006 or 2008 were eligible to apply for reclassification this year.

For complete article click here.

Polymer Solutions Completes Christiansburg Move

As reported in The Roanoke Times, in Polymer Solutions’ old facility technicians would sometimes find themselves wandering the halls with samples from one laboratory to another.

“The old site for the company was in the Blacksburg Industrial Park in a building that wasn’t designed to host labs, so the building sometimes felt like a maze to the company’s employees”, said Caitlyn Scaggs, marketing director for the company.

For complete article click here.

Mason’s STEM Accelerator’s Work Is Award-Winning
By helping undergraduates succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses, George Mason University’s STEM Accelerator is being named one of Virginia’s “2015 Programs that Work” by the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition.

The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition is a private nonprofit that’s dedicated to improving math and science education for Virginia students from kindergarten through college.

For complete article click here.

VCU Requesting Project Ideas From Area Companies For Capstone Design Program
The School of Engineering at VCU is looking for project ideas from area companies for our Capstone Design program. A prerequisite to the Bachelor’s degree, Capstone Design features students working in teams to tackle and solve actual engineering problems within and across the fields of Chemical and Life Science, Mechanical and Nuclear, Biomedical, Electrical, and Computer Science and Engineering.

For complete article click here.

Police Reverse First Opioid Overdose Using EVZIO
Kaléo reported the first opioid overdose reversed by police officers using the EVZIO® naloxone auto-injector, since launching the kaléo Cares donation program in November 2014. Through this initiative, kaléo has donated EVZIO naloxone auto-injectors to local law enforcement agencies and community organizations throughout the United States.

For complete article click here.

Call for Judges for Science Fair and BioGENEius Challenge
Each year, Virginia Bio recruits volunteer judges from the membership to attend the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair to select the top three winners in the field of biosciences. The time commitment is limited to a pre-event online review of the submissions to select the finalists and then a few hours onsite at the Fair to interview and select the final winners. Lunch is provided to all judges by the Fair. The process is extremely easy and, by all accounts, very rewarding.

For complete article click here.

Welcome New Member: Bayer Corporation
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials. As an innovation company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve the quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power.

For more information please visit their website.

Welcome New Member: PeopleSolutions

Originally founded in 1996, PeopleSolutions is a provider of Engineering, Information Technology, Scientific, and Financial Contract Staffing Solutions. PeopleSolutions is an affiliate company of The Richmond Group USA, who specialize in executive search and direct hire staffing. Both are a part of the Management Recruiters International network which includes over 1,000 offices around the globe. Operating under consistent leadership and with a staff of tenured professionals, PeopleSolutions strives to provide the finest in contract, contract to direct, and direct hire staffing.

For more information please visit their website.

Welcome New Member: RW Malone, MD, LLC

Dr. Robert W. Malone has extensive research and development experience in the areas of clinical trials, vaccines, gene therapy, bio-defense, and immunology. He has over twenty years of management and leadership experience in the academia, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. His FDA, HHS, and DoD agency knowledge is extensive. Furthermore, he has been successful in obtaining numerous large governmental contracts and awards for his clients.

For more information please visit their website.

VABIO Community News TO TOP

The Virginia Tech Department of Chemistry and the Department of Psychology in the College of Science both received the 2014 Exemplary Department Award. The University Exemplary Department or Program Awards program and ceremony are funded through the Office of the Provost and facilitated by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research.
Jamie Gregorian will be joining the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) as Director, Federal Government Relations.


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:



Event: VABIO Biotech and Beer Legislative Reception
Where: kaléo, Inc., Richmond, VA
When: Thursday, February 12, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Details: Join the lively conversation at Biotech and Beer. Meet old friends and new colleagues in the life science community, along with state officials. Complimentary admission for all bioscience company employees, and university students and researchers with advanced registration. All others may purchase tickets.
Registration: Click here to register.
Sponsors: PhRMA

Event: Virginia Bio Commercialization Luncheon
Where:  Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, Richmond, VA
When: Thursday, February 19, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Title: Finding and Working with an Investment Banker (plus updates from January's 32nd Annual JP Morgan Health Care Conference).
Registration:  Click here to register
Sponsors: Data Blueprint, Greater Richmond Partnership, McGuireWoods, VCU Innovation Gateway, We Work For Health and the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park  

Event: Virginia Bio Commercialization Luncheon
Where: Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, Richmond, VA
When: Thursday, March 12 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Title: Agricultural Bio: Biotechnology meets Virginia's largest industry.
Registration: Click here to register.
Sponsors: Data Blueprint, Greater Richmond Partnership, McGuireWoods, VCU Innovation Gateway, We Work For Health and the 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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