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

BioGENEius Challenge

The Virginia BioGENEius Challenge, co-hosted by the Virginia Bioscience Foundation and MedImmune, is a competition for high school students doing research in biotechnology. Finalists from the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge will be selected to attend the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge held each year during the BIO International Convention. The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. The BioGENEius Challenge promotes excellence and enables students to continue research in biotechnology and design an original independent research project. This competition is an intensive and valuable research experience for high school students. For complete rules, and participation criteria, or to apply online, please click here.