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Officials from Marshall, West Virginia University and several businesses related to the bioscience industry gathered Thursday at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus for the eighth annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit.

"Approximately 7,000 jobs currently exist in the bioscience industry in West Virginia," said Richard Giersch, director of the Health Sciences, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization for West Virginia University. "It also has over a dozen startup companies in the last three years or so. It's a robust part of the economy that is small, but is growing."

The Bioscience Association of West Virginia will host the 8th Annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit on Thursday, April 19 at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall, on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

State and regional leaders - from the life sciences, academia and government - will inform, educate and inspire attendees on a variety of topics, such as the incredible innovation coming out of state biotech companies, university commercialization activities, funding opportunities and much more.  And, stay tuned for prominent keynote presenters to be announced soon!

The event will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 19 and will include a keynote luncheon followed by an afternoon of featured presenters. An agenda will be announced soon.

Register today by clicking here!


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Event Sponsorship is being provided by the following: Marshall University, Mylan, BIO, VWR International, WVU Corporate Relations, TechConnectWV, PhRMA, Amgen and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.  

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We look forward to seeing you in Huntington on April 19 for the 8th Annual West Virginia Bioscience Summit!

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.

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