For Immediate Release
April 7, 2003
Virginia Biosciences Development Center, client companies nominated for awards
RICHMOND, Va. – For the second year in a row, the Virginia Biosciences Development Center (VBDC) has been selected by the Greater Richmond Technology Council as a finalist for one of the Greater Richmond area’s top technology awards.
The VBDC was chosen as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Community Support Award, which is given by the council to honor a technology-based organization whose efforts — beyond the normal course of business — have enhanced access to and use of technology in the Greater Richmond area.
Winners will be announced May 1 at the Council’s 8th Annual Technology Stars Awards Gala. The awards gala is expected to attract approximately 800 individuals, corporate and community leaders, entrepreneurs and pioneers in the Greater Richmond region.
The VBDC, located at the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park, provides business assistance to start-up companies located in the Park’s incubator facility. In less than three years, the VBDC has emerged as a major contributor to the growth of early stage life science technology businesses in the Richmond area. VBDC staff has counseled more than 23 start-ups and helped to birth eight of them. Since its inception, VBDC has secured cash and/or in-kind commitments, grants and contracts exceeding $750,000 for the benefit of growing the life sciences industry in the region.
Two VBDC clients and tenants of the Park also were selected as finalists for awards:
kSERO Corp., which develops early learning products, was nominated for the Computer Resource Team Technology Skill Builder Award. This award is given to an institution or organization that executes its mission by integrating and promoting technology as an integral part of the learning or work experience. The company’s first product, a board game for early learners entitled Metanon: The Adventure Begins, introduces key concepts of DNA and genetics in a simple and entertaining way. The game, which is already in limited production, was formally launched at the recent 100th International Toy Show in New York City. It will be available for retail purchase locally in April 2003.
OrbitalMed, LLC, a telemedicine company, was chosen as a finalist in the Infineon Technologies’ Technology Innovation Award category. This award is given to an organization that has developed or uses technology that holds significant promise.
Virginia BioTechnology Research Park
Phone: (804) 828-6884
Web site: www.vabiotech.com
David R. Lohr
Virginia Biosciences Development Center
Phone: (80) -828-7048
Web site: www.vabiotech.com/vbdc
Phone: (80) -827-8235
Web site: www.metanongames.com
Phone: (804) 828-7874
Web site: www.orbitalmed.com