HemoShear Wins Two Awards at the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council's Annual Awards Gala

Jun 14, 2012, 08:43 ET from HemoShear, LLC

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HemoShear, LLC, a biotechnology research company and leading developer of human and animal cell-based surrogate systems for discovery and assessment of new drug compounds, was presented two prestigious business awards at the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC)'s Annual Awards Gala. The first award, The Rocket Award for rapid commercialization of a technology or product, recognized HemoShear's rapid movement into commercialization of its human and animal cell-based surrogate systems. The second award, The Community Award for commitment to improving the quality of life in Central Virginia, recognized HemoShear's Vice President of Lab Operations Nikki Hastings for her ceaseless commitment to training, outreach, and highlighting of the community's biotech industry as a vibrant local career path.  Hastings believes that "as a trained scientist, it is a privilege to look towards our next generation of innovators and bring them some real-world exposure to the exciting world of science, technology, math and engineering."

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"We congratulate the honorees who are deserving examples of the entrepreneurs and leaders driving innovations that fuel our economy and teachers who are readying our future wave of tech-focused entrepreneurs and employees," said Gary Henry, chair of CBIC and Executive Director of the Charlottesville Technology Incubator. "HemoShear represented both our educational and entrepreneurial missions through their achievements and outreach."

"All of us at HemoShear greatly appreciate being recognized by the Charlottesville business community for our strong growth in such a short period of time.  The Rocket Award truly validates the need for and value of our science, " said Brett Blackman, chief scientific officer and one of HemoShear's co-founders. "We are fortunate to have a tremendous group of innovative and talented scientists, investors, advisors and early pharmaceutical and biotechnology partners.  Awards like this strengthen our collective pride in making a difference through discovering and developing safer and more effective therapies."

This year's event, the 14th consecutive annual gala, brought together more than 200 leaders from the Charlottesville, VA entrepreneurial and technology community and featured keynote speaker Norman Bellingham, 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist in Kayaking and former chief operating officer of the United States Olympic Committee, along with Aneesh Chopra, former chief technology officer of the United States and former Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

About HemoShear, LLC
HemoShear creates human-relevant systems that accurately replicate the biology of organ systems and diseases throughout drug discovery and development.  Working in strategic partnerships with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, HemoShear generates meaningful data to increase confidence in decision-making, reduce risk of costly failures and identify efficacious therapies.  HemoShear's science leads to new medicines and improves human health. 

About CBIC
CBIC is the preeminent private-sector advocate and catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation-based economic development in the greater Charlottesville, VA region. For more than 15 years, CBIC has been fostering an ecosystem for innovation in order to expand the strength and vitality of our local economy and culture. As the voice of the entrepreneurial and high-tech sectors in our region, CBIC collectively supports entrepreneurs and tech-based businesses by providing networking, visibility, promotion, education and advocacy opportunities. These activities expose entrepreneurs, innovators, and researchers to other like-minded individuals and provide opportunities to meet and learn from one another.