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

“Biotech-in-a-Box” Program

The Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech has for several years been offering at no charge a number of science kits for high school level, in-class room use. The “Biotech-in-a-Box” program, in operation since 1994, loans out 30 biotech education kits to schools across the Commonwealth. In 2015, over 20,000 kits were loaned out to schools statewide. The Virginia Bioscience Foundation provides resources to replace consumables to maintain the kits for distribution.