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Beer & Biotech: The Future of Biotech in the Region

March 16, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Beer & Biotech is an ecosystem-building series that will bring together investors, physicians, academics, inventors, startups, and state and regional leaders who are influential in the biotechnology industry. Each event in the year-long series will feature a local, regional, or national speaker and include plenty of time for networking and beverages at the host brewery.


  • When: Wednesday, March 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Big Lick Brewing Co., 409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke (back room)
  • Cost: Free

John Newby, Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Bio, will share his vision for the future of biotechnology and biotech commercialization in the region. With new wet and dry labs on the horizon and life sciences research at an all-time high, there’s a lot of forward motion coming from this part of the Commonwealth.

Newby has been in his role at Virginia Bio since 2019 and is tasked with fostering partnerships with and between the Commonwealth’s greater biotechnology and healthcare industries to find innovative solutions to improve lives. He helps the association’s 270+ members by facilitating access to capital, connecting industry to academia, and providing educational and professional development event programming and collaborates with federal, state and local partners to grow Virginia’s $8 billion life science industry.

The goal of Beer & Biotech is to help regional efforts to develop biotech hubs and coincides with the Virginia BIO annual THRiVE conference at the Hotel Roanoke on April 28 (save the date).



March 16, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Big Lick Brewing Co.
409 Salem Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24016 United States
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