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Bio International 2024

Welcome to West Virginia, where the life sciences industry thrives! Discover why successful companies continue to say #YesWV and how our state can be the perfect home for your business.

  • Prime Location: West Virginia’s strategic location places it within a day’s drive of 50% of the U.S. population and a third of the Canadian market, making it an ideal hub for the life science industry.
  • Skilled Workforce: The state boasts a highly productive workforce, known for its stability and low turnover rates. West Virginia has the lowest manufacturing turnover rate in the country and maintains turnover rates below the national average across all sectors.
  • Supportive Business Environment: A pro-business climate encourages the growth and success of life science companies in West Virginia.
  • Cost of Living: West Virginia offers a cost of living below the national average, making it an attractive location for businesses and employees alike.
  • High Quality of Life: The state is home to top-ranked universities, promising career opportunities in the life sciences, award-winning health institutions, and ample outdoor recreational activities.

Join the ranks of thriving life science companies and experience the benefits of being in West Virginia. Say #YesWV and let’s grow together!

Thriving Industry Spotlight: Life Sciences

Meet the Team


West Virginia Department of Economic Development


Matt Borror headshot

Kelsey Staggers
Business Attraction Manager

Samantha Smith headshot

Samantha Smith
Business Attraction, Expansion and Retention Manager

WVU Innovation Corporation


Stacey Armstrong, President 

Erica Steratore, Assistant Vice President

WVU Vaccine Development Center


Dr. Heath Damron, Associate Professor and Director of the Vaccine Development Center WVU-Health Sciences Center

Dr. Mariette Barbier, Associate Professor and Chair: Mircrobiology, Immunology & Cell Biology

LG Nova- Prime Focus Health


Darren Sabo

Marshall University School of Medicine


Dr, Hongwei Yu, PhD, Professor 
Research Interests; lung infections in Cystic Fibrosis and the role of segmented filamentous bacteria (SFB) in the gut immunity.

WV School of Osteopathic Medicine: Leading in Medical Education and Rural Healthcare


Don Smith, Director of Communication

Dovenia Ponnoth, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Biomedical Sciences

and learn about our business advantages


These Life Science Companies already call #YesWV home – you can too! 

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