Virginia Bioscience Commercialization Luncheon 14Jan2016: Recent developments in university support of commercializing technology in Virginia

Networking begins at 11:30, program starts at noon; location: 800 E. Leigh St, Richmond, VA

Program: In the past few weeks both VCU and U.Va have announced fantastic programs that have the power to significantly impact the formation of new life science companies and speed technology transfer into commercialization. We will learn about the brand new seed fund which will deploy $10 million over the next 10 years investing in U.Va. start-ups. We will talk also about VCU’s Quest Innovation Fund which was recently expanded to include additional funding for "proof of concept" work that will help to de-risk innovation and open the door to new partnership and investment.

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Woods Rogers PLC Adds Attorney Timothy I. Kelsey in its Charlottesville Office

The Charlottesville office of Woods Rogers PLC welcomes Timothy I. Kelsey as of January 1, 2016, in an Of Counsel role. "It is a pleasure to welcome Tim to the Woods Rogers team," said Alden English, managing partner of Woods Rogers' Charlottesville office. "His practice areas range from corporate representation to estate planning and commercial and residential real estate-including conservation easements-and complement the legal services we offer to businesses and individuals."

Tim is a native of Cary, N.C. and earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His J.D. is from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. Tim is licensed by the Virginia State Bar, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Virginia and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.  His affiliations include the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association and the Virginia Bar Association.  

The Charlottesville office of Woods Rogers is located on the Downtown Mall at 123 East Main Street, 5th floor. Tim can be reached at (434)220-6830 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HemoShear creates the first biologically responsive model of propionic acidemia, a fatal children's metabolic disorder

HemoShear Therapeutics Races Toward Discovery of Treatments for Children's Rare Diseases

[Charlottesville, VA - January 6, 2016] --  HemoShear Therapeutics, LLC, (HemoShear) a privately held discovery-stage biotechnology company, and Children's National Health System, a non-profit leading research and treatment center for children with rare diseases, today announced study results that demonstrated successful restoration of propionic acidemia (PA), a rare metabolic disorder, using explanted liver tissue from a child with the disease. This study, published in the Journal of Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, demonstrated a novel method of recreating the disease in the laboratory for discovery of treatments for PA that may extend the lives of these children and possibly cure the disease.

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CBIC Director, Adrian Felts, Named as New Chamber President

CBIC director and the chief operations officer of the local tech firm Centridian Llc. will take over as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. As of Jan. 1, Adrian Felts has assumed the office previously held by Chad Zakaib, vice president of operations for Legacy Hospice.

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Registration Open: Darden Entrepreneurship Conference

Join us Friday, 29 January 2016 at the University of Virginia School of Law for the 7th annual Darden Entrepreneurship Conference

Conference 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (School of Law) || Reception and Venture Fair 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (i.Lab at UVA)

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i.Lab Applications Deadline Approaching

Have a great business idea?  Did you know that UVA’s i.Lab Incubator offers a $5,000 cash grant/non-equity stake, office space, legal services, mentoring, and networking opportunities?  UVA’s i.Lab is now taking applications for the 2016 Incubator program.  Find out how the i.Lab Incubator program can help you and how to apply by visiting Deadline to apply is 12:00 Noon, January 25, 2016. 

Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Merger Agreement

Buffalo Grove, Illinois and Charlottesville, Virginia (December 15, 2015) – RestorGenex Corporation (OTCQX: RESX) and Diffusion Pharmaceuticals LLC, a privately-held biotechnology company, announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which a newly formed subsidiary of RestorGenex will merge with and into Diffusion in an all-stock transaction, with Diffusion surviving as a wholly owned subsidiary of RestorGenex.

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LendPro Signs Top Names in Home Furnishings Retail Marketplace

Charlottesville, VA – December 10, 2015 -– LendPro announced today that it has signed several notable retailers on to its Open-to-Buy consumer financing technology platform. LendPro has been significantly growing its presence in the home furnishings industry and is proud to announce the recent addition of some of the top names in the home furnishings retail marketplace: Grand Home Furnishings; Crest Furniture (Value City Furniture and Ashley Furniture HomeStores); Royal Furniture, and Beck’s Furniture. Open-to-Buy, with its innovative lender financing “waterfall” technology, has proven to help retailers increase sales with an increase in approved applicants.

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HemoShear Therapeutics Names H. Thomas Watkins to Board of Directors

Charlottesville, VA - November 24, 2015 -- HemoShear Therapeutics, LLC, a privately held biotechnology company focused on discovering drugs for metabolic disorders, announced today the appointment of H. Thomas Watkins to its Board of Directors. Mr. Watkins is the former president and chief executive officer of Human Genome Sciences (HGS), and also served as the chairman of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

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Ticketstoday Open House Dec 1, 2015, 5-7pm - New Office in Coke Building

The Ticketstoday development team is hosting an open house to celebrate their relocation to the historic Coke Building in downtown Charlottesville. Come join them at Kardinal Hall! Refreshments will be served and they'll be happy to talk all things technology and ticketing. Ticketstoday is a division of Ticketmaster that provides ticketing solutions for music festivals, venues, and artists. Choose facebook or for an event reminder: or


MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Accepting Applications for Spring 2016 Session

Spring ‘16 Cohort to Begin on March 14th

November 18, 2015 (HERNDON, Va.) – The MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator has officially announced it will begin accepting applications from information security product startups and security entrepreneurs for its Spring 2016 (S16) Cohort that begins on March 14th. The MACH37™ program consists of an intense 90-day program in which the selected startups are coached in all aspects of creating a sustainable and successful business.

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