Where Business Meets Science: Q&A with Biotechnology Track Director Nikki Hastings (BME ’09)

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The essence of both biotechnology and commerce carries the potential for positive societal transformation. With the new Biotechnology Track being offered in McIntire’s M.S. in Commerce, students with life science backgrounds will gain business skills and emerge ready to excel in areas where the two fields convene. The new area of focus at the McIntire School is the result of a generous $5 million gift from The Chris and Carrie Shumway Foundation and a $3.5 million match from the University’s Strategic Investment Fund to fund faculty teaching in programs at the intersection of business and bioscience.
Biotechnology Track Director Nikki Hastings discovered the importance of being fluent in both areas firsthand. A graduate of the University’s Biomedical Engineering PhD program, her experiences immediately after the completion of her studies proved critical.
“I was taught the business side of building biotech companies through incredible mentors from the business world while working at HemoShear Therapeutics,” she says, recalling how she recognized her lack of business knowledge and found herself fortunate to be in an environment where she could learn. She credits the mentorship she received and the spirit of entrepreneurship that defined the Charlottesville-based drug development startup with helping her to find her passions—right at the intersection of business and science.

CvilleBioHub Builds a Thriving Life Sciences Ecosystem in Charlottesville

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Over the past few years, even with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, CvilleBioHub has thrived and grown as it continues to establish itself as one of the premiere life sciences clusters in the state of Virginia. Having launched roughly five years ago, the organization aims to double the size of the industry within the region by the year 2030, and the growth seen in the Charlottesville area over the past two years has already well-exceeded expectations.

Meet Your 2021 BioBuzz Award Winners

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Today, we are excited to announce the winners of our 2nd Annual BioBuzz Awards. The BioBuzz Awards are a celebration of the exciting and groundbreaking work being done by the BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) life science community and the individuals that make innovation happen across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

2021 BioBuzz Awards Finalists

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We’re excited to announce this year’s finalists for the second annual 2021 BioBuzz Awards. These awards celebrate the people and companies across our regional community and their efforts and accomplishments to impact human health and build a stronger biotech community.

CvilleBioHub Announces Leadership Transition as the Biotechnology Innovation Cluster Experiences Strong Growth in Central Virginia

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CvilleBioHub today announces a leadership transition, naming Stephany Oettinger as Executive Director to succeed Nikki Hastings, Ph.D., who will continue to serve as Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Board Member.

A Young Life Science Hub Gains Traction in the Heart of Virginia Beach

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Virginia Beach is seeking to build a bio cluster in the heart of everything Virginia Beach has to offer. The cluster reached an important milestone, recently opening a brand new accelerator lab constructed and managed by BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) stalwart Facility Logix. VABeachBio and its partners see this new lab as a sign of great things to come.

The BioHealth Capital Region, 2021 and Beyond: After an Unprecedented Year, What’s Next?

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The BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) had a remarkable 2020, and there is palpable momentum and excitement in the air as we approach the end of Q1 2021. How will the pandemic impact the region’s push to be “Top 3 by 2023?” Where will this significant momentum lead? These questions are yet to be answered.

In Conversation: Kevin Combs, CEO of Molecular Biologicals

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Kevin Combs, the CEO of Molecular Biologicals out of Charlottesville, Virginia, had a front-row seat to the BioHealth Capital Region’s (BHCR) ascendancy. He is now a vital part of the rise of CVille, the life science cluster within the BHCR that is blossoming in and around the University of Virginia (UVA).