August 15, 2011 — The University of Virginia Patent Foundation will serve up cold beer with a side of biotechnology Aug. 18 as the host of this month's "Beer and Biotech." The Virginia Biotechnology Association's popular networking series regularly draws nearly 100 researchers and others from Charlottesville's burgeoning biotechnology community.
The Patent Foundation will host the series' third installment from 5 to 7 p.m. at its downtown headquarters on the third floor of the Lewis & Clark building (map) . Water Street Garage parking will be validated.
"This event is a far cry from your average poster session," said Miette H. Michie, interim executive director and CEO of the Patent Foundation. "Beer and Biotech gives U.Va. researchers, entrepreneurs and others involved in the local bioscience community an opportunity to kick back and celebrate the many achievements of this innovative group, and we're proud to host this month's celebration."
Previous events were hosted by U.Va.-affiliated biotech firms HemoShear LLC, which guides drug development companies in the discovery and selection of new drug candidates, and Tau Therapeutics LLC, a biopharmaceutical company developing improved anti-cancer therapeutics.
"Charlottesville is the fastest growing cluster in the state, with more than 40 bioscience companies," said Mark A. Herzog, executive director of Richmond-based VABIO. "The response to this series has been tremendous, and we encourage those throughout the Charlottesville area to drop by and check it out."
This month's Beer and Biotech is sponsored by the Patent Foundation, the law firm LeClairRyan and the Keiter Stephens accounting firm. Beer from South Street Brewery, local wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Bioscience company staff and members of the University biotech community receive free admission with advance RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 17; admission is $5 at the door. All others can purchase tickets here.
Established in 1977, the University of Virginia Patent Foundation is a national leader in technology transfer. The Patent Foundation has put more than 600 of the University's early-stage research discoveries on the path to commercialization through effective partnerships with industry. A non-profit organization dedicated to serving U.Va. researchers, the Patent Foundation has distributed more than $40 million in revenues to the University and more than $21 million to U.Va. inventors since its inception. Follow the Patent Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Virginia Biotechnology Association, formed in 1992, is the premier statewide non-profit trade association representing the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nearly 200 member organizations have joined forces to make VABIO an effective advocate for the biopharmaceutical and device industries before federal, state and local policymakers. Follow VABIO on Twitter @vabio or on Facebook.
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