Dear Members and Friends of Virginia Bio
Last Friday, I attended the 5th Annual Biomedical Informatics Symposium at Georgetown University. The event, organized by Subha Madhaven, Director of the innovation Center for Biomedical informatics at Georgetown and Chief Data Officer of Perthera, brought national academic, health care and industry leaders together to scan the horizon of precision medicine initiatives (John Deeken from Inova Health System was a panelist), health data analytics, and path breaking initiatives such as the Genomic Data Commons (attempting not only to amass but harmonize genome libraries) and the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study (an FDA approved study to harness real world data). Quantitative science research by Georgetown researchers was featured as well. Data and bio are colliding all over the world, but I’m reminded again there is no reason the Virginia/DC/Maryland regional should not gather and promote its unique resources and assets and become preeminent.
Finally, at the end of last month I traveled to Virginia Beach and attended the health and biotechnology around of the statewide million-dollar business plan competition Virginia Velocity Tour, overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. The rains were well underway, and it’s nearly accurate to say for the first time ever I was wetter outside the water than in it at the beach. But hundreds showed up for a feisty competition at the Virginia Aquarium. Finalists included GOGO Band, Attention Point, Adartis Animal Health, Sanyal Biotechnology and , with Adartis getting the win. Gary Warren, President and CEO of ivWatch and last year’s first prize winner, was one of the judging panel.
Wow. Harnessing the explosion of knowledge and technology to bring healing and wellness to the world. Great work, all.