Indoor Biotechnologies Holds Forum on Zika in Charlottesville

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Some companies in central Virginia are working to help manage the Zika virus and a new organization in Charlottesville is making it easier for scientists and engineers to spotlight their research.

Three main companies are working on research related to Zika and they're all part of the organization called CvilleBioHub.

Indoor Biotechnologies in Charlottesville held a forum on the Zika virus Thursday where representatives from the three companies presented their research findings.

They're also talking about their latest innovative techniques to help manage Zika.

LumaCyte in Charlottesville uses laser force technology to shine light on cells and see how the infection affects the cells.

“For Zika virus infections, we're finding that we can detect it much quicker than the existing technologies that companies have available to use and we give them a lot more information so that they can better understand how the virus transmits and how their reproduction processes are moving along,” said Sean Hart, LumaCyte founder and CEO.

In addition to LumaCyte, Alexander Biodiscoveries in Albemarle County, and Atheric Pharmaceutical in Louisa are also helping to manage Zika.

CvilleBioHub will be officially launched in January.

It hopes to bring about 60 companies on board to help promote the life science industry in the Charlottesville area. 

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