Spring 2021 Newsletter


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May 2021 BYOBio and Tech Beer Virtual Event

Thursday, May 20th at 5:00 pm: David Nannemann of Rosetta Design Group will present on:
“An Antibody Assessment Pipeline for Developability Prediction and Optimization”

Register on our website: VBSA Events Page

Road to Recovery Passport: Forging a Way Forward

This virtual resource from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is in place of the Workforce & Talent Summit. Economic, sales & marketing, health, and workforce webinars will be provided to their statewide membership and beyond.

Webinars can be accessed here: Recovery Passport - Vermont Chamber of Commerce

Vermont Chamber of Commerce Virtual Policy Series 2021

This event series explored federal and state actions impacting our business community, economic relief, and other topics over the course of March.

The recorded sessions have been made available here: Virtual Policy Series - Vermont Chamber of Commerce


UVM Virtual Student Research Conference

Every year UVM celebrates the diversity and dedication of student research with a student-focused conference. There’s no lack of ambitious projects, as topics range from climate change to COVID-19. This year’s conference took place virtually from April 15-18th, but presentations are still available online: Student Research Conference 2021.

UVM Today showcases a few of the big ideas students are researching to create the fairer, greener future that many Vermonters envision. A few of the bioscience topics students are tackling include a timely project tracking disease through wastewater monitoring and AI-supported farming.

To read more about these projects visit: Student Research Takes Aim at Brighter Greener Future.

If your company is interested in a feature with the VBSA newsletter or speaking at one of our regular networking events, please email We are always interested in sharing the exciting work that is happening in biotechnology around Vermont!

Industry News

Vermont EPSCoR Phase (0) Award Leads to SBIR Phase I Award

Precision Bioassay, Inc will receive a SBIR Phase I award from the National Institutes of Health to work on “‘Better Bioassays via Designs for Robots Analyses with Improved Model Selection and Similarity Bounds that Limit Potency Bias.” The award represents the culmination of several years of proof-of-concept research that was initially supported in 2017 through funding from Vermont EPSCoR.

Vermont EPSCoR

Avitide Finalizes Development of AVIPure®-COV2S, an Affinity Purification Resin for Covid-19 Vaccines

Working with collaborators, Avitide has announced an affinity purification resin designed to improve the efficiency of COVID vaccine manufacturing. “The speed of global COVID-19 transmission and the urgent response by vaccine manufacturers has placed a high demand on improving vaccine manufacturing productivity. The pandemic response has also been characterized by an unprecedented degree of scientific and industry collaborations,” said Kevin Isett, PhD, Avitide’s Chief Executive Officer.

Avitide Finalizes Development of AVIPure®-COV2S


Education News

Statement on Opening for Fall 2021

After multiple semesters of adjustment to COVID circumstances, VTC is looking ahead to a return to normalcy in fall 2021. The college is currently planning a complete return to the pre-pandemic status quo, although they do anticipate some safety procedures will continue, such as masking and social distancing.

President’s Statement on Opening for Fall 2021

I-Trep Call for Internship Hosts

Vermont is a member of the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program, which seeks to broaden the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical research. The IDeA-state entrepreneurship program (I-Trep) is a new NIH-supported education program based in Vermont. Continuing with our mission to provide training and education in biomedical entrepreneurship, the I-Trep program is offering paid specialized internships for 2019-2020. The internships aim to provide career development for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students from any Vermont-based academic institution and foster business-research collaborations within Vermont.

Eligible hosts include any bioscience-based business or other businesses such as law offices or consultant firms that support the bioscience community. Terms of the internship are meant to be flexible to accommodate the desired career skill development or business-research partnership goals. The intern will be paid through the I-Trep grant and internships will be a maximum of 12 weeks in duration. Host organizations may submit nominations for candidates who they have already identified or contact the program to see if there are any candidates that fit the host organization’s needs.

If your organization would like to participate, please contact Tina Thornton (, coordinator for the I-Trep program, for more information.


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Call for News and Events

If your business has announcements, milestones, or projects they would like to share with the VBSA community, please get in touch with us! You can email your news and information to Rachel Sargent Mirus at
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