Bioscience Association of West Virginia (BioWV)

Bioscience Association of West Virginia (BioWV) BioWV, the Bioscience Association of West Virginia, was formed in 2009 and incorporated in the State of West Virginia as a non-profit association.

The purpose of the Association is to promote the bioscience industry in West Virginia, expand the knowledge and expertise of West Virginia’s businesses concerning the life sciences through seminars, educational publications and to enhance public awareness of the biotechnology industry in West Virginia. BioWV represents the interests of the bioscience industry in West Virginia before federal, state and local legislators and regulators.

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11/08/2018

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Marshall University receives $25 million gift for college of business - Alumnus and Intuit Chairman and CEO Brad Smith and Alys Smith make transformational contribution

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert today announced alumnus and Intuit Chairman and CEO Brad D. Smith and his wife, Alys Smith, have made a $25 million gift to the university’s Lewis College of Business.

Gilbert said the Smiths’ gift—one of the largest in Marshall’s history—is “transformational” and will provide new and dynamic opportunities for current and future business students. “It is with great excitement that the university announces this magnificent gift from Brad and Alys Smith,” he said. “Their generosity will provide a strong foundation for the redesign, reorganization and reenergizing of our college of business.”

In announcing the gift, Gilbert said the university is proud of its alumni, like Smith, who have built outstanding careers with the education they received at Marshall.
“The commitments Brad and Alys have made to Marshall over the past five years are changing the lives of our business students for generations to come,” he added. “They are setting a prime example of career and philanthropic goals for our students.”

Brad Smith, who graduated from Marshall in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, said he and his wife are enthusiastic about aiding the school and its students through continued education and academic expansion. “Alys and I are passionate about education and economic empowerment in West Virginia, Ohio and the surrounding Appalachia area,” he said. “We believe in supporting programs that are strategic, enduring and making a lasting impact on students. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with Marshall leaders to bring new insights in business programs to reality.”

Dr. Avinandan “Avi” Mukherjee, dean of the Lewis College of Business, said the gift will allow Marshall to rework its business curriculum and build new facilities. Mukherjee said, “In addition to redesigning our programs through experiential learning and close industry-academic partnerships, we will build new facilities with spaces to nurture collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship. In appreciation for the Smiths’ vote of confidence, we will name our new business building the Brad D. Smith Center for Business and Innovation.”

“In this new building intended to promote teamwork and hands-on learning, students will find creative ways to apply problem-solving strategies, which will be invaluable to them in the workforce,” he continued. “The new iCenter space will allow our students’ and community members’ dreams to come to fruition. This generous gift is truly a game-changer for our business programs, as we can now aspire to the next level of excellence. Today will be recognized as a pivotal moment for the university, as well as for the entire region.” Mukherjee said the location of the new business building will be announced at a later date.

In recognition of the Smiths’ gift, the college of business also will name its undergraduate and graduate schools the Brad D. Smith Undergraduate School of Business and the Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business, respectively.
Dr. Jaime R. Taylor, Marshall’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said, “Upon meeting Brad and Alys, I understood why everyone at Marshall values their friendship. Their vision to help our students lies in the belief that, with a good education, anything is possible.”
The Smiths previously established the Brad D. and Alys Smith Family Scholarship at Marshall for West Virginia and Ohio students, with preference for first-generation college students. Their past support was recognized by the Marshall University Foundation Board of Directors in 2015, when the board named the foundation’s building the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall.

Brad Smith has been intimately involved in a number of Marshall projects over the years, including 2017’s Design for Delight challenge, which included Intuit leaders visiting Huntington to help Marshall students create business plans. The program culminated in a competition judged by Smith, actress and West Virginia native Jennifer Garner, and former Marshall and NFL quarterback Chad Pennington.

Dr. Ron Area, chief executive officer of the Marshall University Foundation, said he hopes the Smiths’ leadership gift inspires others. “Brad and Alys are caring individuals who fervently champion the success of students,” Area said. “The fact that Brad believes Marshall prepared him for the business world and is willing to allow us to propose that our undergraduate and graduate schools be named for him truly represents the quality of our curriculum and our programs. We are honored this fine couple continues to invest in Marshall students and are excited for this new phase of educational excellence.”
Brad Smith, who has led Silicon Valley software giant Intuit for 11 years, and Alys Smith, an attorney, live in California. They have two daughters, Payton and Devon. Brad Smith was born in Huntington and grew up in the nearby town of Kenova. After graduating from Marshall in 1986, he received his Master of Business Administration degree from Aquinas College in Michigan. Alys Smith graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and then graduated with a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law.

During Brad Smith’s tenure as CEO, Intuit has grown and thrived, while consistently being recognized as one of the world’s best places to work. Intuit has placed on the Fortune Best Companies to Work For list each year, ranking #13 in the United States in 2017, as well as being ranked the #1 best place to work in India, Singapore and Canada in 2017. He is ranked among the top executives in the United States by Fortune, coming in at #6 on their list of top CEOs.

In 2011, he was inducted into the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame. He was inducted into West Virginia’s Business Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Marshall’s Lewis College of Business is among only one percent of business schools worldwide to be accredited in both business and accounting by AACSB International. The college boasts more than 12,000 alumni around the world.

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BioWV Friends - Crosscutting Concepts, a leading provider of supplemental science education products, is seeking additio...
12/11/2012
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BioWV Friends - Crosscutting Concepts, a leading provider of supplemental science education products, is seeking additional team members to drive growth. Started as the Science Education Division of Vandalia Research in Huntington, WV, Crosscutting Concepts now stands alone, creating great products that empower students. Our passion is to show students the freedom that a strong understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math can provide.

The success of the business will be now predicated on finding the right additional team members to drive this growth. We are looking to add two key leadership positions to our team, a Sales and Operations Manager and a Product and Marketing Manager. We would appreciate your help in reaching out to your network of individuals who you feel can help us achieve our goals.

Both of these positions will be based at Crosscutting Concepts home office in Huntington, WV. I appreciate your help tremendously!

Crosscutting Concepts, LLC is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with our policy, we will recruit, hire, train and promote into all job titles the most qualified individuals, without regard to race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic pa...

MU, WVU officials, businesses gather for Bioscience Summit - The Herald Dispatch
01/30/2012
MU, WVU officials, businesses gather for Bioscience Summit - The Herald Dispatch

MU, WVU officials, businesses gather for Bioscience Summit - The Herald Dispatch

CHARLESTON -- There is no shortage of exciting research going on in the laboratories at Marshall University. Scientists and technicians from this region and from around the world have converged at Marshall to do research on topics such as heart disease, cancer and many others. Their research might o...

Appalachian Venture Fund Manager to Keynote WV Bioscience Summit
01/10/2012
Second Annual West Virginia Biosciences Summit

Appalachian Venture Fund Manager to Keynote WV Bioscience Summit

This event, which attracted more than 175 attendees from across the state and region in 2011, will bring together West Virginia's bioscience community - private companies, university researchers, suppliers and funders - as well as policy and opinion leaders, economic developers and others.

10/22/2011
Research pays multiple dividends, experts say

Research pays multiple dividends, experts say

Research development is not only important for patients, but for the economy.

Along with the discovery of medicines that can treat a variety of ailments, research provides good jobs, helps diversify the state's economy and locally has led to spinoff companies and capital improvement projects.

New BioWV Website
10/13/2011
New BioWV Website

New BioWV Website

New temporary home for the BioWV website. We'll be adding more features in the months to come.

10/11/2011
Bioscience Association, TechConnect receive grant to grow sector

Bioscience Association, TechConnect receive grant to grow sector

CHARLESTON -- TechConnect West Virginia and the Bioscience Association of West Virginia have received grant funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to assist the organizations in their missions to grow the bioscience sector in West Virginia.

10/06/2011
RCBI, Marshall offer nanotechnology seminar

RCBI, Marshall offer nanotechnology seminar

CHARLESTON -- A seminar on nanotechnology and its practical applications for economic development and business opportunities is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Holiday Inn Express Civic Center in downtown Charleston.

Survey: Happiness is found in biotech jobs
03/05/2011
Survey: Happiness is found in biotech jobs

Survey: Happiness is found in biotech jobs

If you're in biotech and looking for job satisfaction, you've probably already found it. According to a CareerBliss survey, biotech ranked number one as the happiest job in America, beating out a somewhat surprising number two candidate, customer service. "In biotech, the people that they work with,...

03/04/2011
VA Legislature Approves $15M for R&D Initiatives

VA Legislature Approves $15M for R&D Initiatives

The 2011 Virginia General Assembly is being hailed as one of the most productive legislative sessions for the bioscience industry in the last decade. After months of preparation, outreach and dogged advocacy, volunteers and representatives from the Virginia Biotechnology Association scored victories

03/04/2011
Derek Gregg: Bioscience, life science emerging in W.Va. - Op-Ed Commentaries - The Charleston Gaz

Derek Gregg: Bioscience, life science emerging in W.Va. - Op-Ed Commentaries - The Charleston Gaz

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There is an exciting new opportunity taking shape in West Virginia. It is beginning to spark technological breakthroughs that have the potential to create thousands of jobs for state residents. The bioscience and life sciences fields are just now emerging in West Virginia, but t

01/26/2011
First Biosciences Summit held in Charleston - WVPubcast.org

Radio interview with WV Public Radio.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting includes West Virginia Public Radio and West Virginia PBS, and provides news entertainment and education programming to the public through programs including Outlook Mountainstage Doctors on Call Appalachia Today Homework Hotline The Law Works WVU Women's

01/26/2011
First Summit On Biosciences - West Virginia Headline News and Talk Radio

First Summit On Biosciences - West Virginia Headline News and Talk Radio

MetroNews delivers the most accurate and up-to-date news headlines, sports news, and outdoors news across the state of West Virginia. Seasonal coverage delves into insider news from the state capitol during the Legislative Session in Charleston, state and national elections, and comprehensive sports

12/17/2010

Governor Tomblin will speak at the First Annual West Virginia Biosciences Summit

Over 100 people are registered for the First Annual West Virginia Biosciences Summit. There is still room - register tod...
12/13/2010
First Annual West Virginia Biosciences Summit

Over 100 people are registered for the First Annual West Virginia Biosciences Summit. There is still room - register today!

This event will highlight the role and impact of the bioscience industry in West Virginia and the region, showcase research and commercialization efforts taking place at West Virginia universities and private companies, and discuss policies and programs to help nurture the industry.

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As a member of the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), we benefit from the ability to share best practices across the country and from gaining a stronger voice for influencing the legislative landscape for future growth. The Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA) is a confederation of state-based, non-profit trade organizations each governed by its own board of directors. The common mission of the members of the CSBA is to promote public understanding, and to advocate for public policies that support the responsible development of the bioscience industry. These groups are recognized by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) as affiliate organizations in their respective states.

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