Virginia Bio Hosts Annual Women Building Bio: The XX Factor Conference

09:54 EDT 12 Sep 2017 | Businesswire
Virginia Bio

Signature Event Celebrates Regional Accomplishments of Women in Bioscience

Virginia Bio, the statewide non-profit association representing the life science industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia, will host the second annual Women Building Bio: The XX Factor conference. The conference, which will be held on September 26 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health, is focused on recognizing and learning from leading women in the bioscience industry who are pioneering the path to success.

Women Building Bio: The XX Factor will converge diverse networks from industry and academia across the region including researchers and innovators, professionals and students, and thought leaders and decision-makers. This day-long conference provides opportunities to exchange new ideas, highlight areas of bioscience and research breakthroughs, and find partners for future collaboration.

“We are proud to host the second annual Women Building Bio conference, which celebrates and recognizes key bioscience leaders across the region,” said Jennifer Sicilian, Vice President, Government Relations, Inova Health System. “We look forward to showcasing important, women-led initiatives that align with our mission at Inova.”

“This conference will catalyze the formation of lasting networks of support, resources and inspiration for women in the bio and health science and engineering community,” said Deborah Crawford, Vice President Research, George Mason University.

The speakers and panelists for the event include forty notable leaders from the BioHealth Capital Region of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, that are carving lasting legacies in the industry. This year’s keynote speaker is Alexandra Reeve Givens, director of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and executive director of the Institute for Technology Policy at Georgetown Law. The program includes Peggy Agouris, Dean, College of Science, George Mason University; Barbara Boyan, Dean, School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University; Senator Janet Howell, Virginia General Assembly; Crystal Icenhour, CEO, Aperiomics, Chairman of the Board, Virginia Bio and Carrie Roth, CEO, Virginia Bio+Tech Park, Executive Committee, Virginia Bio. For the full list of event speakers, click here.

“It is an honor to keynote an event that brings together leaders who are accelerating research and development, driving business strategies and building networks of support to expand women’s impact within the industry,” said Alexandra Reeve Givens, director of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and executive director of the Institute for Technology Policy at Georgetown Law.

“We are excited to host the Women Building Bio event this year,” said Jeffrey Gallagher, CEO of Virginia Bio. “There has been tremendous support from the local bioscience community and event sponsors who are helping us create a positive environment for collaboration and idea-sharing. I look forward to hearing the many insights and innovative ideas that come to fruition both during and after the conference.”

For more information regarding event details, registration and fees, click here.


        Inova Center for Personalized Health
3225 Gallows Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22037


Women Building Bio: The XX Factor

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

About the Virginia Biotechnology Association

Virginia Bio is the premier statewide non-profit trade association for life sciences, promoting the considerable scientific and economic impact of the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia Bio is an advocate for the biopharmaceutical and device industries among federal, state and local policy-makers. Virginia Bio is the official state affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), AdvaMed and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) and also collaborates closely with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). To learn more, visit

Sponsors for this event include: Inova, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA Bio+Tech Park, University of Virginia Health System, Cherry Bekaert, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Pfizer, AstraZeneca/MedImmune, College of William & Mary, Vibrent, Virginia Tech, Greenberg Traurig, Sanofi, HHMI Janelia Research Campus, LifeNet Health, Prince William County, Sanofi, Merck, iGIANT, and Silverline Communications.

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