RICHMOND, VA – June 4, 2019 – The Virginia Catalyst, formerly known as the Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation (VBHRC), today announced that it has awarded $2.1 million in grants to four life and bioscience projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These grants, which will be met with nearly $3.2 million in matching funds from partner companies, were awarded as Round 9 of Virginia Catalyst’s ongoing mission to stimulate economic development by promoting collaborative projects that address large, unmet needs for improving human health, and that can create high-paying jobs in the Commonwealth.
“As national and global leaders in life sciences, Virginia’s research universities continue to foster collaborations, to combine their intellectual and scientific expertise with industry to achieve meaningful results,” said Mike Grisham, CEO, Virginia Catalyst. “We are excited to continue our mission of supporting collaborations in Virginia’s biosciences. The critical mass achieved by these collaborations provides Virginia with competitive advantages over other states and has resulted in significant outside capital being invested in Virginia to finance the commercialization of Virginia’s innovations, while creating high-paying jobs for the Commonwealth.”
Through this ninth round of funding, Virginia Catalyst has awarded 31 grants totaling over $15.9 million, resulting in a combined $33.4 million in matching funds and an additional $138 million in follow-on funding.
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