• GO Virginia Economic Development Plan Unveiling: Sept 13, 2017, 9AM

    WHAT: Economic Growth & Diversification Plan The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in Each Region (GOVirginia) is working to restore Virginia's position of economic leadership by growing and diversifying the state's economy. This summer,  GO Virginia Regional Council 9 has been hard at work overseeing the development of our region’s Growth  and Diversification Plan. Be one of the first to see this plan, which provides the framework for projects eligible for GO Virginia funding and is very important to the future of our shared regional economy.  Highlights include recommendations for talent development, growing existing business, site readiness, and innovation.

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  • Cville Open Data Bootcamp: September 22, 2017

    Come join us for a hands-on workshop that will...

    • introduce attendees to the city’s new open data portal

    • connect data enthusiasts and citizens

    • give time to build/prototype visualizations and apps that could improve our community alongside experts.

    Who should attend...

    Technologists, thoughtful citizens, data scientists, programmers, journalists, YOU

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  • Cville Tech Community Gathers to Brainstorm on Collaborative Response: Aug 31, 8AM

    You Are Invited to the Cville Tech Community's Peaceful & Collaborative Response:

    In life, we are at times offered the opportunity to step outside the day-to-day and use our talents to make a real difference in our world. The devastating violence of August 12th has brought unprecedented national and international attention on our city. Phrases like "before Charlottesville" and "after Charlottesville" are now used in national media as shorthand to refer to that violence.

    The question is, will these events be seen as a turning point or just another milestone on a long and tragic path?

    We believe that the Charlottesville community has a unique opportunity to come together and lead by example. While the tech community is but a single part of the broader Cville community, we are also a highly capable and well-networked group of people — and our industry is built around quickly finding solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

    This opportunity is both fleeting, and as big as we want to make it. If we are to make a significant impact, we must work together. That's why this Thursday, the tech community will get together in person (along with the leaders of other civic groups in Charlottesville) for three short hours, to see what is possible.

    We'll innovate. We'll work from any ideas that folks already have. And we'll set the stage for collaboration.

    We can't do this without you. Come ready to brainstorm, as this will be a highly engaging and participant-driven event. The power of bringing the tech community together is evident during events like Startup Weekend and the recent Civic Innovation Day — together, we are capable of great things.

    We are Charlottesville. Together, we can begin to lead our city out of the events of two weeks ago into a brighter, stronger, and more equitable future.

    Hope to see you on Thursday,
    Co-Organizers Jessica Glendinning and Lucas Cioffi

    Who

    This event is open to all members of the Cville tech community and any member of the Charlottesville community at large who is interested in brainstorming innovative & surprising solutions/responses to the events of August 12th.

    What

    The goal is to create space for people to propose ideas and collaborate around potential solutions in order to make an actual impact. (As currently envisioned, this event will be a mashup of formats — BeCamp, Civic Innovation Day, and Startup Weekend.)

    When

    Thursday, August 31st, 2017 8:30 am -11:30 am

    8am for breakfast and mingling. We will start right on time to respect everyone's time. 

    Where

    Studio IX 

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  • CIT GAP Funds and Charlottesville Angel Network Invests in Advanced Aircraft Company

    Source:  Center for Innovative Technology

    Herndon, Virginia, Aug. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that its CIT GAP Funds has invested in Advanced Aircraft Company (AAC), an aeronautical engineering and aircraft manufacturing company based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The Charlottesville Angel Network also participated in this investment round alongside CIT.

    The Advanced Aircraft Company specializes in vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial systems, that target both the commercial and military markets.  AAC was founded by William J. Fredericks in October 2015 as a technology spin off from the NASA Langley Research Center.  While employed at NASA, Fredericks performed the conceptual design and lead the development of NASA’s Greased Lightning UAV technology. This technology is unique in that it is a true “no compromises” vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.  It achieves the aerodynamic efficiency of a conventional fixed wing airplane, while simultaneously achieving VTOL capability. AAC has developed a licensing agreement that allows the company to utilize the NASA technology in order to bring it to market.

    In addition to the Greased Lightning, AAC has developed another cutting edge aircraft, which it will bring to market first, the Hercules unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Hercules is a multi-rotor UAS powered by electricity generated by a 2-stroke gasoline engine and features number of aerodynamic improvements. The unique aircraft features a streamlined aerodynamic design, which features hybrid electric propulsion that allows for longer flight times, and rigorous safety procedures that can be employed if the combustion engine fails.  These technologies enable the Hercules UAS to fly multiple hours, while other battery powered multi-rotors are limited to 20 to 30 minutes of flight time. 

    Read full article at Globe Newswire

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  • Albemarle County Economic Development Director Characteristics Feedback

    Dear Community Members and Stakeholders, 

     

    We are in the process of recruiting for the Economic Development Director of Albemarle County.  Given the impact that this position has on the community, we want to offer an opportunity for many stakeholders to provide input on the qualifications and characteristics they think are most important for this position. This input will play an important role in helping to determine expectations as we move forward in the hiring process. We’ll use this input to shape our community profile/job posting and interview questions. 

     

    Feedback Opportunities

    Survey

    If you are interested in adding your voice to this process, please visithttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EconDevDir2017  to complete the survey by September 8, 2017

     

    Focus Group Sessions

    If you would like a face-to-face opportunity to provide feedback and have in-depth conversation with other stakeholders, we will be hosting two focus groups.   Both sessions will take place at the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA (COB-McIntire) as follows:

    Thursday, August 31, 8:00am – 9:00am, COB-McIntire Room 241

    Wednesday, September 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, COB-McIntire Room 241

     

    You do not need to sign up in advance.  

     

    Thank you for your feedback in this important process,

     

    Kimberly Shigeoka

    Human Resource Generalist

    Local Government

    Albemarle County, VA

    Ph: 434-296-5827 x5862

    Website: www.albemarle.org

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  • AgroSpheres announces close of oversubscribed $750,000 seed round

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – AgroSpheres announces the successful close of an oversubscribed seed round of $750,000 from local and international angel investors. AgroSpheres is a biotechnology company developing novel nanotechnologies aiming to set a new standard for bio-based delivery of active ingredients. The funding will be used to broaden utility of the platform, build a strong intellectual property portfolio, and outfit the company’s facilities.
     
    AgroSpheres has made significant breakthroughs in the effective and precise delivery of high-value biomolecules and chemicals to a wide range of intended targets. Using next-generation bioengineering and industrial fermentation allow AgroSpheres to out scale competitors at a lower cost.
     
    The platform’s focal point is a nanoscale bioparticle created from environmentally friendly microbes that can be functionalized by immobilizing and/or encapsulating active ingredients. Although the applicability of the platform is extremely versatile, the company is focused on developing their technology to innovate the fields of agriculture and industrial enzymes.
     
     “We are excited to be developing our technology for precision agriculture applications - we want to help farmers maximize their yields while minimizing their exposure to dangerous chemicals and the off-target exposure of agrochemicals to the environment,” said Payam Pourtaheri, Co-Founder.
     
    Ameer Shakeel, Co-Founder, said, “It is opportune timing for us to be making a cost-effective delivery vehicle for enzymes. We see growing value in using industrial enzymes as environmentally friendly, efficient alternatives to synthetic chemicals in various manufacturing industries.”
     
    Prior to this round of funding, the company was funded by $174,000 from grants and awards from competitions, most notably Thought for Food, The Collegiate Inventor’s Competition, VentureWell, and the Virginia Wine Board.  The company continues to receive strong support from the Charlottesville community and the University of Virginia, including the iLab incubator program.
     
    “The founders of AgroSpheres have created a groundbreaking nanodelivery technology by working across disciplines and leveraging multiple departments at the University of Virginia. The AgroSpheres Interdisciplinary Model has set a new standard for translational research and development,” said Dr. Mark Kester, Co-Founder.

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  • Cavion Appoints Spyridon Papapetropoulos, M.D., Ph.D. as Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--()--Cavion, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, announced today that Dr. Spyridon "Spyros" Papapetropoulos has joined as Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Papapetropoulos will lead Cavion’s research and development organization to advance therapies based on the company’s T-type calcium channel (Cav3) platform.

    “Spyros joins the Cavion team at an exciting time. He is an experienced leader with a passion for conducting innovative trials that deliver new treatment options to patients with neurological diseases with limited treatment options,” said Cavion CEO and President Andrew Krouse. He added, “Spyros will help extend Cavion’s presence in the Boston/Cambridge area.”

    Dr. Papapetropoulos noted, “Cavion’s selective Cav3 modulating platform, which includes best-in-class clinical stage compounds, is expected to restore rhythmic neuronal firing in brain regions associated with a variety of chronic neurological diseases.” He added, “I look forward to working closely with Cavion’s team to apply innovative but empathetic approaches to achieving clinical breakthroughs. Our end goal is to bring safe, effective and accessible treatments to people with chronic neurological diseases, quickly and efficiently.”

    For full article, visit Business Wire

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  • Senseonics and TypeZero Sign Development Agreement for Artificial Pancreas and Decision Support Systems

    GERMANTOWN, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    Senseonics Holdings, Inc. (SENS), a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of Eversense®, a long-term, implantable continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system for people with diabetes, and TypeZero Technologies, Inc., a personalized diabetes management company, today announced the signing of a research and development license agreement to develop artificial pancreas and decision support systems that use the Eversense CGM System.

    The goal of the agreement is to integrate glucose readings from the Eversense CGM System into TypeZero’s inControl software platform, which includes decision support and artificial pancreas system solutions. Combined with insulin data, the continuous glucose readings from the Eversense sensor will equip TypeZero’s artificial pancreas algorithms to automatically adjust and regulate insulin delivery via a user’s insulin pump. The integration will also enable TypeZero’s decision support system to recommend optimal basal and bolus doses for insulin pen users.

    “We’re thrilled to partner with TypeZero with the goal of progressing the diabetes management field in providing solutions to help minimize the burden of diabetes for millions of people,” says Tim Goodnow, President and CEO of Senseonics. “It is particularly gratifying that the combined Eversense and inControl platform is intended to be used by either insulin pumpers or insulin pen users. The continuous long-term use of an accurate sensor such as Eversense combined with the clinically proven treatment algorithms of inControl has the promise of impacting both pump and pen users in a positive and meaningful way.”

    For full article, visit Yahoo Finance

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  • Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Selects Contract Research Organization for Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Lead Compound TSC for Inoperable GBM Brain Cancer

    Company Release - 7/31/2017 8:30 AM ET

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diffusion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DFFN), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel small molecule therapeutics for cancer and other hypoxia-related diseases, announced today that it has selected a premier Clinical Research Organization (CRO) to conduct a Phase 3 clinical trial of Diffusion's lead molecule, trans sodium crocetinate (TSC), in inoperable glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) patients.  Diffusion also entered into agreements with top tier partners to manage the MRI imaging, clinical data management, drug supply and other functions related to the trial. Diffusion plans to initiate this Phase 3 clinical trial by the end of 2017.

    “After reaching the critical milestone of manufacturing drug product for our Phase 3 trial earlier this month, we have now reached another major milestone with the selection of our full clinical trial team, including a leading global CRO and first-in-class providers of imaging and data management services,” said David Kalergis, Diffusion’s Chairman and CEO. “We are pleased to have engaged such skilled and experienced partners for this important endeavor.”

    Diffusion is now interacting with the FDA on details regarding the design and execution of the planned Phase 3 study. The study will focus on treating newly diagnosed GBM patients who have been judged by their medical team to be inoperable, usually because of the size or location of the tumor. Due to their poor prognosis, these patients are often excluded from participation in other GBM clinical trials. In the Company’s Phase 2 GBM trial, the TSC-treated inoperable group showed a nearly four-fold increase in survival at two years, compared to the control.

    For full article, visit Diffusion Pharmaceuticals 

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  • Biovista expands Project Prodigy collaborations in personalized medicine

    Biovista and Hewlett Packard Enterprise to collaborate on next generation AI and Big Data Analytics to advance real-world personalized medicine at community hospital settings.

    Biovista announced today that it is collaborating with HPE to advance Biovista's Project Prodigy Big Data AI healthcare platform applied in the personalized medicine vertical. Advances from the HPE-Biovista collaboration will be used initially within the context of Biovista's existing collaboration with Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (SBL), a hospital and health care organization that is home to more than 300,000 provider office visits per year.

    ...read more at PR Newswire

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  • VividCortex Raises $8.5m

    VividCortex, the database performance management company that helps businesses improve application performance, reliability, and uptime, today announced that it has closed an $8.5 million Series A-1 round led by Osage Venture Partners (OVP). Bull City Venture Partners also participated in the round, as did all existing investors, including New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Battery Ventures. As part of the financing, OVP Partner David Drahms has been appointed to the VividCortex Board of Directors. To date, VividCortex has raised $15 million.

    ...

    Read more at prweb

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  • Kim Wilkens RE: Technology's Bro Culture

    Kim Wilkens (aka TechKim) is passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators & activists and proud to do this work with many collaborators and partners including Mozilla Network50, CS Educator @ St. Anne’s-Belfield School, Tech-Girls founder, Charlottesville Women in Tech outreach and CBIC Tech Tour chair. 

    Check out her podcast on technology's bro culture here!

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  • beCamp

    Join us for beCamp 
    September 15th & 16th, 2017 at 
    OpenSource Connections
    608 Preston Avenue, Suite 300
    Charlottesville, VA. 

    Learn more: becamp.org

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  • New Cville Drupal Users Group Kickoff Meeting

    The Charlottesville Drupal Users Group is a community of designers, developers and communications specialists that share a special enthusiasm for our favorite open source content management software. We contribute code, experiences, tips and ideas in a friendly and open environment to help spread the success of Drupal to organizations and businesses across Central Virginia. 

    Kickoff Meeting: Wed Jul 12, 7:00 PM at South Street Brewery

    Event Info

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  • Cville Women in Tech (CWIT) Maker Party

    Makers are pushing the boundaries of entrepreneurship and creativity and anybody can do it! Join us at our Maker Party and get hands-on with some cool projects we’ve explored during our maker club sessions at Tinkersmiths and with Tech-Girls. Make your own LED bracelet, turn an every-day object into a musical instrument with Makey Makey, or learn how to control lights through the internet with Photon Kits!

    As usual, food and drinks will be served.

    This event is open only to attendees who identify as women.

    Agenda

    5:30-6:00 Arrive, eat, socialize
    6:00-7:00 Presentation
    7:00-7:30 Stay and network

    Details and RSVP

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  • 1 GO Virginia Economic Development Plan Unveiling: Sept 13, 2017, 9AM
  • 2 Cville Open Data Bootcamp: September 22, 2017
  • 3 Cville Tech Community Gathers to Brainstorm on Collaborative Response: Aug 31, 8AM
  • 4 CIT GAP Funds and Charlottesville Angel Network Invests in Advanced Aircraft Company
  • 5 Albemarle County Economic Development Director Characteristics Feedback
  • 6 AgroSpheres announces close of oversubscribed $750,000 seed round
  • 7 Cavion Appoints Spyridon Papapetropoulos, M.D., Ph.D. as Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer
  • 8 Senseonics and TypeZero Sign Development Agreement for Artificial Pancreas and Decision Support Systems
  • 9 Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Selects Contract Research Organization for Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Lead Compound TSC for Inoperable GBM Brain Cancer
  • 10 Biovista expands Project Prodigy collaborations in personalized medicine
  • 11 VividCortex Raises $8.5m
  • 12 Kim Wilkens RE: Technology's Bro Culture
  • 13 beCamp
  • 14 New Cville Drupal Users Group Kickoff Meeting
  • 15 Cville Women in Tech (CWIT) Maker Party
  • Tech on Tap Banner Date 2

    Tech on Tap
    Tue Sep 12, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Venue: Residence Inn by Marriott Charlottesville Downtown, 315 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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  • Tech on Tap Banner Date

    Tech on Tap
    Tue Oct 10, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Venue: Studio IX, 969 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

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    The Charlottesville area is recognized for its exceptional high-tech community and entrepreneurial spirit. CBIC is proud to spotlight leadership in these areas annually through the highly anticipated CBIC Awards.
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    Tech Tour

    CBIC's annual Tech Tour is all about igniting local students' interest in technology-related careers and showing the variety of opportunities available in our community to pursue their passions.
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