BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 19, 2011 - VBI welcomes our newest Scientific Advisory Board members Michael Vorster, PhD, and Mikael Ørum.

Vorster is the David H. Burrows Professor Emeritus of Construction Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech and has been on campus since 1986. He was instrumental in a number of the program’s successes, including the Vecellio family donation of $1 million to the civil and environmental engineering program, and the 2005 naming gift to start the Myers-Lawson School of Construction.  He has personally directed or co-directed externally funded research grants and contracts totaling more than $5 million, which provides support for numerous graduate students. Read more at


Ørum is a co-founder and partner of Ventac Partners. He has more than 30 years of executive experience in biotechnology and finance sectors, and was CEO of Exiqon A/S ( Furthermore, he is co-founder of Santaris Pharma, A/S (, and Avexxin AS ( He has been CEO of the latter since 2005. Read more at





About Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech is a premier bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology research facility that uses transdisciplinary approaches to science, combining information technology, biology, and medicine. These approaches are used to interpret and apply vast amounts of biological data generated from basic research to some of today’s key challenges in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences. With more than 360 highly trained multidisciplinary, international personnel, research at the institute involves collaboration in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, biology, plant pathology, biochemistry, systems biology, statistics, economics, synthetic biology, and medicine. The large amounts of data generated by this approach are analyzed and interpreted to create new knowledge that is disseminated to the world’s scientific, governmental, and wider communities.


Tiffany Trent

Published by Tiffany Trent, December 19, 2011