summit2022

To register click here. Media are encouraged to attend. 

  • Dr. Michelle McMurry Heath, President and CEO of the national Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), will offer keynote remarks on the state of the life science industries and what the future holds. 
  • New technology is revolutionizing cancer screening and early detection. Matt Sturm with GRAIL Bio will discuss this transformative innovation and Dr. Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, Director of the WVU Cancer Institute, will highlight the plight of cancer in West Virginia and what’s being done to combat it.  
  • West Virginia’s entrepreneur assistance and technology commercialization ecosystem is robust, collaborative, and helping turn concepts into companies. Representatives from Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, RCBI, Marshall University Office of Technology Transfer, WVU Office of Student & Faculty Innovation, and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute will showcase the programs and technologies facilitating innovation and economic growth. 
  • The state’s medical cannabis industry offers medical benefits, research opportunities, and economic impact. Representatives from Trulieve will discuss their Cabell County production operations, the strict procedures under which they operate and the medical applications of their products. Eric Blough with Marshall University School of Pharmacy will highlight potential industry partnerships and research opportunities through the Institute of Medical Cannabis & Therapeutics.
  • SBIR/STTR awards have increased dramatically in West Virginia over the past two years due to the establishment of a state matching grant program and aggressive education and outreach. Representatives from the FAST Grant Program and WV SBDC In-Tech Program will discuss these tremendous results while Dr. Michael Norton with Parabon NanoLabs highlights the value of SBIR/STTR’s to researchers and growing companies.  
  • And entrepreneurs from Cabell County-based life science and medical device companies will showcase their innovative products and services.

Bryan Brown, executive director of the West Virginia Bioscience Association, said, “The West Virginia Bioscience Summit will highlight the progress being made in the biotech industry in the state and feature experts discussing strategies to grow life science businesses in the region.” 

“Entrepreneurs and researchers in any technology or life science field will benefit from the programming offered at this year’s conference,” said Brown. “Economic developers, investors, policy makers and technical assistance providers will benefit as well.” 

Event sponsorship is being provided by the following:  Marshall University, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, VWR Avantor, TechConnect West Virginia, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Novartis, and Pfizer.

For additional information, contact Bryan Brown at (304) 546-5500. 

PO BOX 20065 | Charleston, WV 25362 | (304) 546-5500