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Charleston Gazette
January 28, 2014
by Caitlin Cook
Business editor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hurricane native Dr. Mark Bates was working as a disc jockey after high school when he developed his first invention. He wanted a laser light show for dances he worked. So he invented one.

More than 60 U.S.-issued and pending patents later, Bates believes there are other potentially successful entrepreneurs in West Virginia.

"There are some really bright people here, and we need to come together and understand that we can make a difference working together," Bates said. "It's that long-standing history of curiosity and solving problems."

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Registration is now open for the 4th Annual WV Bioscience Summit, to take place on Tuesday, January 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, West Virginia.  Additionally, an opening reception will be held the evening before – Monday, January 27th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites – to provide members of the life science industries an opportunity to network with West Virginia policy and opinion leaders.

This event will highlight the role and impact of the bioscience industry in West Virginia and the region, showcase research and commercialization efforts taking place at West Virginia universities and private companies, and discuss policies and programs to help nurture the industry.

The agenda and presenter information will be announced once finalized, but key topics will include policies and programs to grow the industry, university research ready for commercialization, WV bioscience company highlights, among others.

This event will bring together West Virginia's bioscience community – private companies, university researchers, suppliers and funders – as well as policy and opinion leaders, economic developers and others to learn more about how we successfully grow and nurture this important industry in West Virginia.

The event is being sponsored by BIO, PhRMA, Amgen, Fisher Scientific, Sanofi, the WV Small Business Development Center and TechConnect West Virginia.  BioWV also receives funding through a grant by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, as is exhibit space. For additional information, contact Bryan Brown at (304) 546-5500.

The cost to attend the event – which includes admission to the conference, the evening reception on Jan. 27 and lunch on Jan. 28 – is $25 for members, $50 for nonmembers and free to students.

We look forward to seeing you in Charleston on January 27-28, 2014 for the 4th Annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit!

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Charleston Gazette
November 6, 2013
by Caitlin Cook
Business editor

Charleston, W.Va. -- West Virginia entrepreneurs and business owners may have a new way to find investors, with a new program announced by state and regional officials Wednesday.

In advance of a regional economic conference Thursday, the Appalachian Regional Commission announced its West Virginia "angel" investment fund Wednesday afternoon.
The fund will try to help businesses that can't find funding or access to business resources, but have the potential to benefit the community.

Tom Heywood, vice chairman of the West Virginia Growth Fund, said "angel investments" are known in the investment world as feel-good investments. Heywood likened the angel investment to lending to a friend or family member.

Doctors Pier Claudio and Jagan Valluri have been working for years on a chemo sensitivity test, called ChemoID. They take a biopsy of a tumor, multiply the cancer stem cells, and find out what type of chemo that particular cancer will respond best to.

"I think you know the whole goal of cancer, is you know we want to cure it, but more importantly, how can we prolong the life of a cancer patient?" Valluri said.

Groundbreaking cancer research going on right here in Huntington could soon change the way patients are treated. 

"This is definitely a cutting edge technology for the 21st century for cancer patients," said Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio, a biomedical sciences researcher and professor at Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. 

 

About BioWV

The purpose of the Association is to promote the bioscience industry in West Virginia, expand the knowledge and expertise of West Virginia’s businesses concerning the life sciences through seminars, educational publications and to enhance public awareness of the biotechnology industry in West Virginia. BioWV represents the interests of the bioscience industry in West Virginia before federal, state and local legislators and regulators.

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