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The West Virginia Bioscience Summit, held April 25 in Morgantown, brought together representatives from our state’s research universities, biotech companies, technical assistance providers and others to hear from experts in the field on how to grow the state’s lifescience industries.  And, boy did they deliver. 

Dr. Mary Hendrix, President of Shepherd University and a nationally recognized leader in cancer research, joined Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert and West Virginia University President Gordon Gee for a special “fire side chat” to discuss university and industry collaborations to drive lifescience growth.  The segment was moderated by Dr. Sally Hodder, director of the Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

All three presidents agreed that the American education system breeds creativity and collaboration more so than their counterparts in other countries around the world.  This creative and collaborative spirit has led to America’s leadership in problem solving and the discovery and innovation that follows. 

If you want to start or grow a business in the high tech fields in West Virginia and have a solid concept, funding and assistance are available.  That was a primary message stemming from the West Virginia Business Accelerator Bootcamp event, held on April 26 in Morgantown. 

Hosted by TechConnect West Virginia, the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust,  INNOVA, WVU Health Sciences' Innovation Center, WVU Women's Business Center and the Bioscience Association of West Virginia, the event offered a unique opportunity to hear from experts and specialists who shared information and strategies on intellectual property, capital formation, corporate structure/formation, and pitching for funding. 

Nearly thirty people participated in the event, to include representatives from start-up and mid-size companies, as well as students from the BrickStreet Center at WVU. 

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.

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. 

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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