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

Matching funds for bioscience internships

Internships uniquely provide students with meaningful exposure to science careers in business and how a business operates, as well as opportunities to develop mentoring relationships with company scientists and business leaders.  Building a robust internship program in Virginia will develop a supply of scientific talent for Virginia’s growing bioscience industry, while supplying the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.  The Foundation believes that the member companies of Virginia BIO have a responsibility to embrace internships for college and high school students, and actively encourages the participation of our member companies across Virginia. The Foundation ensures that internship programs provide meaningful experiences for students.   The Foundation will seek opportunities to publicize the wide participation of our member companies offering internships across Virginia so that the value of internships and the commitment of Virginia BIO members to bioSTEM education are clearly communicated to the public. Click here for a list of Virginia bioscience firms that may offer internships.