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Doing business with VBI

Scientists at VBI span a variety of research areas - from computation to experimental biology, from diseases of plants to diseases of humans, and from infectious agents to pathogens. These areas have produced an abundance of intellectual properties for which we are actively pursuing commercial opportunities. Available here are a sampling of some of the opportunities that we are actively marketing, including cancer biomarkers, biomedical technologies, drug discovery for human diseases, and fungicides for plant crops. Our commercialization goals are to license mature technologies to interested companies, to develop "spin-out" companies, and to enter into partnership with companies to further enhance these discoveries. Various programs are available to cultivate relationship that enhance our research and enable us to move of discoveries from bench side to consumers. Please contact me directly to learn more about these programs and how that we can mutually benefit from these exciting discoveries.

Stan Hefta
Director of Strategic Business Development and Planning
Email: shefta@vbi.vt.edu
Phone: 540-231-6585

 

Commercial opportunities

Organizations must look to the future to ensure a strong position in an ever-changing world. This is of particular importance for scientific research. New discoveries cannot make substantial, real-world impacts if the process ends within the pages of a lab notebook or hard drive, which is why VBI researchers are engaged in the development of new technologies, discoveries, and intellectual property that have commercial value and will benefit future research. Our scientists in our four major Research Divisions (CyberInfrastructure, Network Dynamics and Simulation Science, BioSystems, and Medical Informatics and Systems) have scientific findings with tremendous value, and a strong desire to share their discoveries to help improve lives all over the world. The institute's goal is to establish productive and mutually beneficial relationships with businesses and other organizations to help move research advances from our laboratories to the marketplace. VBI is committed to advancing discovery and innovation in the life sciences with application to human health and agribusiness.

VBI is teaming with the new Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTSOM) and Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) to work at the interface of computer science, biology and medicine to make major advances in areas such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, and inflammatory diseases. Specific opportunities for commercial development include:

Industrial Affiliates Program

The goal of VBI's Industrial Affiliates Program is to bridge the gap between industry and university research. The program is designed to facilitate strong cooperative relationships and partnerships, as well as research and information exchange opportunities, with industry. As a leader in transdisciplinary life sciences and biomedical research and education, creating partnerships with industry helps the institute strengthen its commitment to making transformative discoveries, solving important problems, developing the next generation of transdisciplinary researchers, influencing public policy, and transitioning scientific research into use. The financial assistance provided by industry partners will help advance the work at VBI.

The Industrial Affiliates Program offers companies two levels of sponsorship to support VBI research:

Platinum Partner Membership Gold Partner Membership

For an annual contribution of $50,000, Platinum Partner Membership is designed for companies seeking access to intellectual property generated by VBI faculty members. Partners at this membership level receive:

  • Early licensing access to confidential research information prior to public disclosure
  • A seat on the Research Advisory Panel with the opportunity to provide input on the selection of annual VBI research program projects
  • Option to earmark up to 80 percent of the their annual gift to support a graduate student fellowship to explore a research area relevant to the institute's strategic plan
  • Access to non-proprietary information produced by the institute
  • Opportunities to visit VBI's facilities and participate in discussions with faculty members and students involving research activities, and access to VBI events held at the institute's 189-seat conference center and other meeting spaces
  • Invitation to attend the annual meeting of the VBI Futures Roundtable, a group created to discuss the strategic goals of the institute's scientific program, as well as the implementation of these goals and related scientific and logistical issues

Gold Partner Membership is available for companies seeking to better understand how research at VBI can impact their business. For an annual gift of $25,000, Gold Partners receive:

  • Access to non-proprietary information produced by the institute
  • Opportunities to visit VBI's facilities and participate in discussions with faculty members and students involving research activities, and access to VBI events held at the institute's 189-seat conference center and other meeting spaces
  • Opportunity to submit research suggestions to the Research Advisory Panel, which recommends the research scope for the institute
  • Invitation to attend the annual meeting of the VBI Futures Roundtable, a group created to discuss the strategic goals of the institute's scientific program, as well as the implementation of these goals and related scientific and logistical issues
For more information about the VBI Industrial Affiliates Program, download (1 MB, PDF) a brochure detailing the program

Contact

Stan Hefta
Director of Strategic Business Development and Planning
Email: shefta@vbi.vt.edu
Phone: 540-231-6585