Monday, May 04, 2009

Biotech Leaders Raise Funds for Science Education Foundation

  More than eighty people turned out April 29th to support the Chesapeake Bioscience Education Foundation (C-BEF) at a special fundraiser at Indoor Biotechnologies in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event, “Biotech and Art After Hours,” was organized by the Virginia Biotechnology Association, and featured more than twenty works of art, Moroccan food, lab tours and networking with the crowd heavy with bioscience leaders from across the Piedmont region of the state.

“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the strong support we received for the Foundation,” said Mark A. Herzog, executive director of the Virginia Biotechnology Association (VaBIO). “The event was like nothing we had ever done before in terms of mixing works of art in a wet-lab environment. The patrons who attended really enjoyed the experience.”

Chesapeake Bioscience Education Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that develops and promotes programs designed to encourage young students before they choose specific careers, to appreciate and participate in the challenging work of math and science so that they do not preclude subsequent career choices in the biosciences. Among other initiatives, C-BEF funds internships at eligible biotech companies through matching grants.

Photos of the event are available here:

In addition to VaBIO, the event was sponsored by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, the University of Virginia, Indoor Biotechnologies, Woods Rogers PLC, Birch Studio Graphics, Diffusion Pharmaceuticals, Afton Scientific, Garris and Company, PGxHealth and Klann Plastics.

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