Marshall University biotechnology spinoff receives large grant from National Institutes of Health

Progenesis Technologies, a biotechnology company headquartered in Huntington, West Virginia, and with ties to Marshall University, has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for $1.06 million over a two-year period.

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Serial Entrepreneur, WV Native George Bennett to Headline 7th Annual WV Bioscience Summit April 25

Charleston, W.Va.  (April 2017) – Morgantown, West Virginia-native and serial entrepreneur George Bennett has been building innovation-driven businesses for more than 40 years.  From international consulting firms like Bain & Company to healthcare enterprises like Good Measures, LLC, Mr. Bennett will share his story and offer strategies for growing the West Virginia life science economy during his keynote presentation at the 7th Annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit.  The event will be held from 10:30am-5pm on Tuesday, April 25th at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.

The event will also feature what is sure to be a fascinating “fire-side chat” between Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and Shepherd University President Mary Hendrix discussing the role of academia in spurring private sector life science growth.  

Dr. Sally Hodder, Director of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) and Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Science at WVU, will moderate the segment and focus discussion on the ways in which academia, and more specifically WVU, Shepherd and Marshall, are promoting economic development in the life sciences in West Virginia.

Dr. Clay Marsh, Vice President & Executive Dean for Health Sciences at WVU, will address the conference and speak to how entrepreneurship and vibrant economies lead to healthier communities. And, the event will feature content related to funding opportunities in the life sciences, commercialization initiatives and much more.

The event will also feature a special Life Science Research Showcase & Reception from 4:30-7pm. Faculty-led research teams, academicians, clinicians and companies from around the state will showcase their work to the events’ audience, which will be comprised of life science companies, investors, researchers, service providers, among others.  

Event sponsorship is being provided by the following:  West Virginia University, BIO, Mylan, VWR International, TechConnect West Virginia, PhRMA, West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust, Amgen and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. 

Entrepreneur, Business Bootcamp Set for April 26 In Morgantown

Charleston, W.Va.  (April 2017) – Representatives of early-to-mature stage companies operating in the high tech, life science or advanced manufacturing industries in West Virginia are encouraged to participate in the West Virginia Business Accelerator Bootcamp, an event designed to provide real world solutions to growing businesses in the state. 

The event will take place from 8:30am – 2:30pm on Wednesday, April 26 at the WVU Innovation Center on the Health Science Center campus in Morgantown.

“Businesses operating on the frontier of discovery, innovation and invention often face similar challenges,” said Bryan Brown, executive director of the Bioscience Association of West Virginia.  “They need to know where to find and how to acquire funding, how to structure their company and boards effectively, and how to protect their intellectual property. The West Virginia Business Accelerator Bootcamp event will feature multiple experts in each of these fields to walk participants through these critical issues.”

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West Virginia Business Accelerator Bootcamp – Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Bioscience Association of West Virginia, in conjunction with West Virginia Jobs Investment TrustTechConnect West VirginiaINNOVA and WVU Health Sciences' Innovation Center, will conduct a business accelerator bootcamp event for early stage to mature companies operating in the life science and high technology fields in West Virginia.  

The bootcamp event will be held Wednesday, April 26 at the WVU Health Sciences Innovation Center on the Evansdale Campus in Morgantown, W.Va.  The event is designed for researchers, entrepreneurs, growth-focused small businesses, product designers, economic developers, funders and others. 

For more information, or to register, click here! 

***Note that this event is separate from the WV Bioscience Summit, occurring the day before - April 25 - in Morgantown.  If you would like to register for the WV Bioscience Summit, click here.***

The bootcamp's sessions will provide attendees will information and insights on:

  • Corporate Structure
  • Raising Capital
  • Giving an Effective Pitch for Funding
  • Intellectual Property Strategies

Each session will be lead by multiple experts in the field.  To review the list of presenters, click here. | To view the agenda click here.

The day's format begins with a general overview of each of the main modules to be followed by four breakout groups covering the individual issues in depth and in a casual format intended to allow for questions.  This will enable participants to sit in on each of the four breakout sessions. 

This is a unique opportunity to hear from experts and specialists who will share information - and answer your questions - on intellectual property, capital formation, business organization and pitching for funding. 

The cost to participate is $80 per person and includes lunch. 

For additional information, contact Bryan Brown by clicking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. |  To view the agenda click here.

2016 WV Bioscience Summit Recap

The WV Bioscience Association held its Sixth Annual WV Bioscience Summit on April 26 in Huntington on the campus of Marshall University.  To read coverage of the event from The State Journal, click here.  To read coverage from The Huntington Herald Dispatch, click here

Marshall President Jerome Gilbert opened the event and pointed to the direction of science over the coming century as one consumed with biology and life sciences.  “With an exploding population, the life science industries are challenged to find solutions to how we create more food, improve human health and our existence.”

Gilbert believes we’ll see an exponential increase in the speed with which discoveries will be made and implemented.  He cited the convergence of biology and technology, and as one example discussed the potential for a ‘brain/computer’ interface.  This type of technology could lead to the restoration of ambulatory function for paraplegics, among myriad other uses.

He stated that Marshall University hopes to offer a biomedical engineering program in the future to prepare students for the growing life science device industry.  He also firmly believes in the dual importance of preparing students for the STEM fields as well as the liberal arts. 

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