Bioscience and technology-related development; Economic Development Partnership promote biosciences. (HB2444)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria) with support from 27 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Kris Amundson (D-Mount Vernon), Del. Joe Bouchard (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Chuck Caputo (D-Oak Hill), Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), Del. Frank Hall (D-Richmond), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Bob Hull (D-Falls Church), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Joe May (R-Leesburg), Del. Sam Nixon (R-Richmond), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), Del. Jim Shuler (D-Blacksburg), Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), Del. Shannon Valentine (D-Lynchburg), Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Bioscience and technology-related development in the Commonwealth. Requires the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to promote biosciences research and industry in the Commonwealth in order to better compete with similar efforts in neighboring states. The bill also changes the Commonwealth Technology Research Fund (CTRF) to the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF). The CRCF establishes three new categories of awards: (i) a matching fund program to small Virginia-based technology companies that secure a federal Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) award; (ii) a matching fund to universities to leverage federal and private dollars for the commercialization of qualified research; and (iii) a loan program that would provide loans to universities and political subdivisions that seek to provide lease guarantees or letters of credit for the construction of facilities utilized in commercializing qualified research. The details of each of these programs will be developed by the Innovative Technology Authority (Authority) in conjunction with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Subcommittee Studying Biosciences and Biotechnology in the Commonwealth (HJ 248). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 095843736
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/23/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2444)
01/28/2009Assigned S & T sub: #1
02/02/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/02/2009Reported from Science and Technology with amendments (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Read first time
02/05/2009Read second time
02/05/2009Passed by for the day
02/06/2009Read second time
02/06/2009Passed by temporarily
02/06/2009Committee amendment #2 agreed to
02/06/2009Committee amendment #1 rejected
02/06/2009Amendment by Delegate Marshall, R.G. rejected
02/06/2009Amendment by Delegate Marshall, R. G. rejected
02/06/2009Amendment severed - (F) by Delegate Marshall, R.G. rejected
02/06/2009Amendment severed - (G) by Delegate Marshall, R. G. agreed to
02/06/2009Engrossment reconsidered by House
02/06/2009Amendment by Delegate Nixon agreed to
02/06/2009Engrossed by House as amended HB2444E
02/06/2009Printed as engrossed 095843736-E
02/08/2009Passed by for the day
02/09/2009Read third time and passed House (89-Y 10-N)
02/09/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (89-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/13/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2444E)
02/23/2009Left in General Laws and Technology


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 15 clips in all, totaling 18 minutes.


Virginia Biotechnology Association, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VaBIO Supports.

VaBIO writes:

VaBIO supports this bill. It is a recommendation of the Joint Subcommittee Studying the Biosciences (HJ248).