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By: Jennifer Smith
WV MetroNews

West Virginia isn’t a hub of bioscience business…yet. But the man who started a struggling biotech company years ago in Athens, Ohio and then sold it for $100-million dollars believes the state has what it takes to become a bioscience leader.

Dave Scholl, considered a biotech pioneer, shared his success story with 130 university researchers, economic developers and biotech company representatives from around the state during Thursday’s 3rd annual West Virginia Biosciences Summit. The event was held in Charleston at the Marriott.

By Lori Kersey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia native is among 11 scientists picked for a new $3 million award.

Cancer researcher Dr. Lewis Cantley, originally of Big Chimney and a graduate of Herbert Hoover High School, is an inaugural winner of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

 

Ohio Biotech Entrepreneur to Keynote Event; Industry Experts to Present

Charleston, W.Va. (Feb. 4, 2013) – Dave Scholl helped grow Athens, Ohio-based Diagnostic Hybrids into a $100 million biotech company and is now a partner in a regional venture capital firm and involved with the billion dollar Third Frontier Program in Ohio. He, along with 20+ other life science experts, will share experiences and discuss strategies West Virginia can implement to successfully grow discoveries and the bioscience industry during the Bioscience Association of West Virginia’s 3rd Annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at the Town Center Marriott Hotel in Charleston, West Virginia. Media are encouraged to attend.

Partners will match it for $53 million total grant

By Lori Kersey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The National Institutes of Health has awarded WVU Health Sciences a $19.6 million research grant to study health issues that most commonly affect state residents, according to the school.

Several other healthcare agencies across the state have committed to matching the grant with $33.5 million for a total of $53.1 million going to the school over the next five years.

By Lori Kersey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., told the audience at a biosciences conference in downtown Charleston Wednesday afternoon that "we are quickly coming to a time" when biotechnology can be considered a core West Virginia industry.

The Second Annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit brought together representatives from the industry's private companies, university researchers and bioscience suppliers and backers, as well as policy and opinion leaders.

Biotechnology involves the use of living organisms to help improve medical treatments, fuels, crops and more. 

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