Encouraging young Americans to explore studies and careers in innovative fields such as the life sciences.


The Virginia Bioscience Foundation develops and promotes programs that stimulate interest in bioscience-related STEM (“bioSTEM”) careers among students from K through college.  The Foundation’s programs promote interest in bioscience education and seek to engage bioscience businesses with teachers and students to expose them to the business of bioscience: how business and science come together to create products and services that promote human health.

The Foundation’s long-term goal is to create a pipeline of qualified job candidates to fill jobs created by Virginia’s fast growing bioscience businesses and to develop the next generations of entrepreneurs to lead Virginia’s bioscience companies.

The Virginia Bioscience Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit subsidiary of Virginia BIO. Read on »

About Vabio Foundation

Foundation Initiatives

Central Resource for Supplemental Teaching Materials

Across the US, a large number of bioscience teaching tools have been created that provide learning material and meaningful experiences to teachers and students.  Curated by a team of Virginia schoolteachers, the Foundation has funded the creation of a database of no-cost, supplemental teaching and laboratory resources to augment the classroom experience known as the Virginia bioSTEM Resources Program.  The Program resides on the Virginia Department of Education website.  The wide range of materials, each linked to Virginia Science Standards of Learning, includes:

  •     Experimental kits
  •     Simulations
  •     Classroom/lab ideas
  •     Field Trips
  •     Websites
  •     Other teaching tools