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). Amends § 2.2-2233.1, § 2.2-2238, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


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