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"New Drugs - Made in Cville!" Pharma Forum


Made in Charlottesville” is a moniker adopted by the City of Charlottesvillle Office of Economic Development to promote local manufactured products. While it was originally used for locally crafted artisanal products, Made in Charlottesville now applies to the thriving biopharma industry in Central Virginia! The region is fast developing a national reputation for drug development and is attracting investment from big pharma and blue ribbon investment firms.

Join us for the CvilleBioHub Pharma Forum on Tuesday March 20, 5-7pm at Indoor Biotechnologies. Confirmed presenters include Gordon Laurie and Mark Logan (Tear Solutions), Allen Cunningham (Gencia), and Andy Krouse (Cavion) Learn how they have been successful in drug discovery, partnering with big pharma and fund raising. As with all CvilleBiohub Forums, each company will present for 10 minutes and there will be plenty of time for discussion.

Hors d’oeuvres, craft beer and local wines included – it’s all Made in Cville!

CvilleBioHub Investor Forum


Investor funding is the lifeblood of the life sciences industry. Charlottesville/Albemarle is fortunate to have several active and engaged local investor groups.

This is an excellent opportunity for start-ups and early stage companies to learn about real investor funding sources here in the CvilleBioHub.

Register here
Thursday, March 23, 2017
from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
700 Harris Street (Indoor Biotechnologies, Inc.)
Charlottesville, VA 22903

The program features distinguished leaders of three local investor groups:


Dick Crawford

Alumni Investing in Alumni

Managing Director, CAV Angels


Phillippe Sommer

Entrepreneurship & Investing

Founder, CvilleTrep



Bob Creeden

Managing Director, UVA Seed Fund




Road Trip to COS: Scientific Data – Can you believe it?


Only about 10% of peer-reviewed scientific research on cancer is reproducible. The consequences for the life sciences industry looking for new cancer cures are enormous. How does this happen?

Tim Errington and colleagues at the Center for Open Science (COS) have received national attention for their work on the ReproducibilityProject for Cancer Biology. This project investigates the factors that affect the reproducibility of cancer research and how the system can be improved. A system that results in an estimated $28 billion in wasted research every year needs help!

Join us this Thursday, February 16 (free registration), at the COS for a CvilleBioHub Road Trip. The COS (www.cos.io) was founded in 2013 and has 50 employees in Charlottesville. Tim Errington will be talking about the COS mission and their transformative studies on the reproducibility of scientific research. Something that every scientist should know.

Coming up in 2017...


Here is what is on the schedule so far for 2017:

Feb 16:   Road trip to COS – Scientific data, can you believe it?

Mar 16:  Big data, the Business of Bioinformatics

Apr 14:   Tom Tom Founders Day Biotech Lunch

   highlighting: Agrospheres, Cerillo, Contraline

Apr 26:   CvilleBioHub Spring Biosciences Luncheon

May 17:   Open Mic and Annual Meeting

CvilleBioHub Grand Opening with FASEB BioART Exhibit


CvilleBioHub is hosting a Grand Opening and Launch Party as it releases the new website and 2017 program of events on Wednesday January 18th, 5.00-7.00 pm at Indoor Biotechnologies.

With your support over the past few months, CvilleBioHub has created profiles and metrics from the majority of biotech and life sciences companies in the region. The new site will go live on January 18th and a breakdown of the local biotech industry will be presented at the launch party. CvilleBioHub will also release a creative program of events for 2017 featuring local biotech companies right here in our community.

We are also delighted to announce that Indoor Biotechnologies, working through CvilleBioHub, will be hosting an exhibit of 20 images from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) BioART competition!

The aim of FASEB BioART is to “share the beauty and excitement of biological research with the public”. These images are normally on display at the National Institute of Health Visitor Center and the first viewing of these works in Virginia will be at the CvilleBioHub Grand Opening event.

The exhibit will feature some truly remarkable images from the 2012-14 FASEB BioART prizewinners from prestigious research groups from across the US. The exhibit will be on display at Indoor Biotechnologies CREATE Gallery through April including the one above.

Join us on Wednesday January 18th and start the year with CvilleBioHub and BioART!

Indoor Biotechnologies Hosts the Zika Forum


Three Charlottesville-based biotech and drug development companies that are developing exciting new technologies to cure Zika. The companies leaders (below) gathered at Indoor Biotechnologies for a forum on Zika, sharing their research and taking in-depth, science based questions from the audience.

Dan Engel, CEO Alexander Biodiscoveries LLC – Zika virus, health effects and research needs

Sean Hart, CEO Lumacyte LLC – Radiance™: Laser force cytology for early detection of Zika

Robert Malone, CEO Atheric Pharmaceutical LLC – Rapid development and commercialization of repurposed drugs to prevent and treat Zika

Many thanks to everyone who came out to the forum. The work presented by Atheric Pharmaceutical, Lumacyte and Alexander BioDiscoveries is impressive and important. Check out the NBC29 clip for an interview with Dr. Sean Hart, CEO of Lumacyte and read more from Charlottesville Tomorrow.