May 2, 2013
Charlottesville hosted the state's largest ever forum on biotechnology on Thursday, according to organizers.
More than 500 people participated at the Boar's Head Inn. There were sessions about everything from getting rid of hazardous waste to teaching kids about biotechnology in elementary schools.
It is a growing industry, and organizers say Charlottesville is one of the reasons why.
"The real drivers of biotechnology innovation are the great universities," said Jeff Gallagher with the Virginia Biotechnology Association. "Fortunately we've got one here and we've got several around the state. We are really well poised to compete internationally in biosciences."
Organizers say dozens of companies have been launched in Central Virginia thanks to biotechnology discoveries at the University of Virginia.