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Bioscience Economic Development
In Hampton Roads, Virginia

BioProcess Technology Network, Ltd (Virginia Beach, VA) has joined the Innovation Research Park (IRP) at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. “With our offices located at the park, we’ll benefit from our interaction with other park tenants, plus have greater access to university technology and students,” noted Keith L. Carson, the company’s founder.

“We’re especially excited about our relationship with the Academic Technology Services center which offers state-of-the-art video programming and distribution technology. With the latest website, e-commerce, blog, and video capabilities, we’ll be able to provide process technology to the industry in ways we could only dream of before. In addition, we plan to work with the center on video training programs for bioscience workforce development and academic education.”

As part of this new partnership with both Old Dominion University (ODU) and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), Mr. Carson will assume a vital role in advancing bioscience business development in Hampton Roads – an area which includes Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, and Williamsburg.

The Hampton Roads Research Partnership (HRRP) and the Innovation Research Park will serve as the vehicles for this economic development effort, with work initiated by William J. Wasilenko, PhD, Associate Dean for Research at EVMS, and Thomas Osha, President and CEO of the IRP at ODU.

Mr. Carson helped form the Virginia Biotechnology Association in the mid-90s and became the organization’s president. He also helped start the organization’s annual meeting which has become the Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference, and now serves as an advisor. He also founded an early networking association for bioscience business in Hampton Roads, which was continued by HRRP. Mr. Carson recently rejoined the Institutional Biosafety Committee at EVMS, where he previously contributed as a community member for many years. 

About the BioProcess Technology Network (BTN): Formed in 2009, BTN supplies the latest advancements in bioprocess technology and “best practices” needed to develop and produce safe and effective biological products for human healthcare. The company’s latest website, BioTechnoBlog.Net, and mass emails, Techno-Blasts, provide regular updates to an extensive database of leading bioprocess engineers and scientists worldwide. In addition, the organization manages the BioProcessing Journal – a print and online publication founded in 2002. For more information, email

About the Innovation Research Park: Located in the 75-acre, mixed-use University Village, Innovation Research Park @ ODU is a unique public-private partnership designed to merge university intellectual capital, faculty, and students with private-sector companies to pursue research, technology development, and business-creation opportunities. With easy access to Old Dominion faculty and students, plus a full complement of business, cultural, and social amenities nearby, Innovation Research Park @ ODU provides a compelling location for established and emerging high-tech companies. For more information, email

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Headlines and links will take you to various postings on our site, and when appropriate, to the sites of various contributors. Postings will include articles, presentations, assays, techniques, protocols, blog chats, reviewer comments, product tutorials, virtual tours, application data, and pretty much any other form of online material that's needed to develop and produce safe and effective products.

Our initial focus is on the toughest applications which tend to receive very little coverage elsewhere.  These include viral gene vectors and cellular vaccines. But as things progress and interest is expressed, we're adding Development Groups to cover applications such as vaccines, antibodies, recombinant proteins, and tissue regeneration. 

Each technology and application will have its own Development Group with one or more Reviewers and numerous contributors.


» Viral Vectors
» Cellular Vaccines
» Vaccines
» Antibodies
» Recombinant Proteins
» Tissue Regeneration
» Cell Engineering
» Cell Banking
» Facilities
» Quality Systems
» Safety and Efficacy

Technologies will include essentially all the unit operations and support functions involved in bioprocessing, such as cell engineering and banking, cell culture scale-up, filtration, purification, media development, assay development, regulatory affairs, and facility design.
Content formats will include streaming video, YouTube postings, automated PowerPoint presentations--and of course--PDF, HTML, Word, and Excel docs.
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We will be posting valuable information from key technology supply firms. As with our other primary content, these postings will have been assessed for their balance and credibility, and will include application data, tutorials, articles, presentations, and case histories.

Then in our Supplier-Side column, we will post materials with clear commercial content such as infomercials, ads, press releases, and promotions. And while some of these will be sponsored postings, other valuable resources will appear with no strings attached.

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