Virginia Bio Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors

Virginia Bio, the premier statewide non-profit association representing the life science industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has elected five new members to their Board of Directors for a term of three years. The election took place on December 8, 2016 at the Virginia Bio Annual Membership meeting in Richmond, Virginia.

The newly elected directors are: Rony Thomas, President & CEO, LifeNet Health; Thomas Frantz, Chairman Emeritus, Williams Mullen; Julie Idelkope, Vice President, US Government Relations, Pfizer; Amrie Grammer, COO & CSO, AMPEL BioSolutions; Ross Dunlap, President & CEO, Ceres Nanosciences; and Mickey Kim, Director, Biotech Partnering & Strategy, MedImmune.

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Meta-Analysis of Gene Expression Data Sets to Identify Novel Molecular Pathways & Drug Targets in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

On Tuesday, November 15, during the 2016 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting, Dr Peter Lipsky will give a talk entitled “Meta-Analysis of Gene Expression Data Sets to Identify Novel Molecular Pathways & Drug Targets in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus” during the “Mining Big Data for Drug Repurposing” session. The presentation will begin at 11:00 AM in room 146A.

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Data mining could lead to therapy advances

In the past 50 years, only one new therapy has been approved for the treatment of lupus.

Peter E. Lipsky, MD, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AMPEL BioSolutions, Charlottesville, VA, works to change that, and he will discuss his efforts during the Clinical Science symposium Mining Big Data for Drug Repurposing.

The symposium will take place from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on Tuesday in room 146A and will demonstrate the potential role of genetics and data mining strategies in identifying new or repurposed therapeutic targets for systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

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Senator Creigh Deeds Stopped by AMPEL BioSolutions

  • October 28, 2016
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Today, Senator Creigh Deeds stopped by AMPEL BioSolutions to visit with our employees and learn about how we are using Big Data to find and test new drugs for lupus patients. He got to see first-hand how our research is helping patients and their families have hope. We are very impressed with the questions Senator Deeds asked and his commitment to strengthening our biotechnology community here in Charlottesville.

AMPEL Particpates in UVA Fall Job and Internship Fair

  • October 28, 2016
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On October 26 and 27, 2016 AMPEL participated in the Fall Job and Internship Fair hosted by the University of Virginia. To read more about this event visit:

Grammer, far right, with her team from AMPEL BioSolutions, including from left to right, UVA alumnus Adam Labonte, Nick Geraci, Prathyusha Bachali, alumna Sarah Heuer and Rebecca Bender.