Virginia Bio-Connect initiative awarded $3.2M start-up grant

December 24, 2020 |

In Virginia, Governor Northam and the Virginia Biotechnology Association announced that GO Virginia has approved a competitive grant request to help fund Virginia Bio-Connect, a $3.2 million Statewide industry cluster scale up initiative. The project, directed by the Virginia Biotechnology Association, is a multi-regional collaboration designed to increase connectivity and awareness of the existing programs, resources, and communities in the Commonwealth that support the life sciences industry.

Virginia Bio-Connect will be a central hub for the life science community to find relevant resources across the state, including commercialization and entrepreneurship programs, funding mechanisms, accelerators, job boards, internship programs, and core research equipment facilities. The program will provide the pathway for businesses to find the support, expertise, and workforce needed to grow and prosper in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This effort leverages CvilleBioHub’s regional ecosystem building experience, funded in part by GO Virginia, to inform the further development of four additional BioHubs in Richmond, Northern Virginia, Coastal Virginia, and the Roanoke/Blacksburg/Lynchburg regions. Co-directors who have expertise in economic development, commercialization, life sciences, and workforce development will lead the BioHubs. Each brings deep life science networks to foster new connections.

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