Quality in Innovation, Quality of Life. The community, support, access to capital, world-class talent, and relentless optimism for the future make Charlottesville an ideal place to start and scale a biotechnology company.

An In-Depth Digital Series

These are the stories of a thriving biotech hub, united in a founding spirit of collaboration and entrepreneurship.

Hub Stories

These are the inspiring people and the breakthrough ideas that make us a diverse and innovative BioHub.

Thomas Thorpe, CEO, Afton Scientific

At Afton Scientific, Tom leads a team of nearly 70 employees manufacturing small batches of sterile injectable drugs that might not otherwise make it to patients. Tom shares his insights on creating a bio manufacturing company in Charlottesville.

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Martin Chapman, President, Indoor Biotechnologies

Indoor Biotechnologies advances research on allergic diseases and asthma to offer patients allergen tests to reduce risk to exposure. Martin shares more about the growth of his company as one of the original biotech companies in Charlottesville, and offers insights into the broader community growth as co-founder of CvilleBioHub.

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Kimberly Kelly, Founder and CEO, ZielBio

ZielBio is developing technology to discover cancer’s Achille’s Heel. Founder Kim Kelly’s steadfast vision for the company and commitment to advancing innovation has led to ZielBio’s first-in-human clinical trial of their proprietary antibody ZB131. Kim shares insights on developing new targeted therapies, raising capital and the company’s mission to help cancer patients live longer, healthier lives.

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Brian Wamhoff, Head of Innovation and COO, HemoShear Therapeutics

HemoShear Therapeutics is providing novel approaches to treat rare disorders as a growing drug discovery company in Charlottesville. From significant non-dilutive grants early on to a recent record Series A for the region, the company has achieved impressive funding milestones and is moving forward to the clinic. Brian shares more about the company’s mission and why Charlottesville is a great place to call home.

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