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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.”

Today West Virginia’s universities are on the “cutting edge” of bioscience research, Dr. Jan Taylor told attendees at the 2016 West Virginia Bioscience Summit on the Marshall University campus April 26.

But Taylor, director of the Division of Science and Research at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, said she was “apprehensive” about the future of the state’s bioscience research efforts. She cited a number of significant research projects at West Virginia University and Marshall and noted those projects have attracted significant federal funding because there was initial state “seed money” for them. Now those state dollars are drying up, she warned.

HUNTINGTON - The future of bioscience in West Virginia looked bright Tuesday during the sixth annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit at Marshall University.

The event, conducted annually by the West Virginia Bioscience Association, highlighted the role and impact of the bioscience industry in West Virginia and the region, showcased research and commercialization efforts taking place at West Virginia universities and private companies, and provided an opportunity for state and local leaders to discuss policies and programs to help nurture the industry at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall.

WV MetroNews

Chemical makers contribute to school bio-tech program

By Chris Lawrence in News | October 22, 2015 at 11:23AM

NITRO,W.Va. — Two of the Kanawha Valley’s leading chemical employers made a sizable donation to Nitro High School on Thursday. The $10,000 contribution from Dow Chemical and Bayer Crop Science will be used to transform a former home economics lab into a bio-technology lab.

“The money will be used to renovate that room and take out the old kitchenette and buying lab stations and other lab devices,” said Principal Jason Redman. “Students can get first hand knowledge of what’s really in a bio-tech lab.”

West Virginia’s bioscience industry is seeing positive growth!  According to the “Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014 Report” released June 24, 2014 by Battelle and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), West Virginia’s bioscience industry grew 6.9 percent since 2007.  Additionally, the industry employed nearly 6,400 workers in 2012 across 343 business establishments. 

Some other key findings include:

  • Drugs and pharmaceuticals, the state’s largest and most specialized industry subsector, helped drive these overall gains with 73 percent job growth since 2007.

  • Employment in drugs and pharmaceuticals in West Virginia is considered to be specialized and is 98 percent more concentrated in the state economy relative to the national average.

  • Annual wages for state bioscience workers are nearly $70,000, on average, and are 78 percent more than the overall private sector average.

  • State patenting in the biosciences totaled 143 patents issued from 2009 through 2013 with a focus in surgical and medical instruments and in drugs and pharmaceuticals.

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