About The Virginia Bioscience Foundation

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

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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.

Strategic Roadmap

The Foundation’s Goal: The Foundation will develop and implement lasting, dynamic programs that promote interest among students in bioscience education and engage Virginia bioscience businesses, teachers and students to provide meaningful exposure to the translation of science into commercial products and services that improve human health.  The Foundation will collaborate with bioscience businesses, schools and the existing STEM community to identify programs where its unique resources can meet demonstrated needs and make a significant impact.=

Areas of Engagement

The long terms goals of the Foundation are to create programs and resources that fuel interest in bioSTEM careers, including:

  • Internships
  • Competitions and awards for students
  • Central resource for supplemental teaching materials
  • BioScience camp scholarship programs for underprivileged students
  • Direct engagement of teachers and students with businesses
  • Curricula design and enrichment
  • Entrepreneur training

Timing of Program Creation

The Foundation will focus upon programs that maximize use of its key resource – access to skilled, engaged, enthused individuals and companies who work daily at the cutting edge of bioscience commercialization – to deliver meaningful experiences to students and teachers.

The Foundation’s near term efforts will build upon an existing, already robust internship program, sponsorships of science fairs and competitions, creating a teaching resource database and implementing programs that engage businesses and schools.