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

Direct Engagement of Teachers and Students with  Businesses

The Foundation understands that providing on-site and hands-on experiences to teachers and students are important to demonstrating how science is put to work and that careers in science are within the reach of our students.   We also understand that it is important to engage teachers and guidance counselors who are the students’ first exposure to the exciting world of science.  There are many opportunities to engage teachers and students with businesses, including tours, mentorship programs, on-site experiments, in-classroom/lab support with business representatives, teacher workshops (local and statewide), and teacher professional development.  The Foundation encourages its membership to offer such opportunities for exposure to teachers and students, including facility tours and bioTeach social events.