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Researchers Celebrate the Spirit of Giving
Hepatitis B Foundation, IHVR and PA Biotech Center collect 1,067 pounds of food

DOYLESTOWN, PA (December 20, 2007) –The Hepatitis B Foundation, Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research, and the PA Biotechnology Center, in the spirit of giving, collected 1,067 pounds of non-perishable food items for a local Doylestown food pantry.  The 20 day holiday food drive ended December 15 and was organized as a team competition among the 80 plus researchers and professional staff.  The five teams competed to collect the widest “per pound” assortment of baby food and diapers, canned meats, pasta, healthy snacks, and much more.  The prizes for the most pounds collected were coffee gift certificates and the knowledge that families in need were being helped during this holiday season. Next year, the Hepatitis B Foundation and PA Biotechnology Center hope to compete against another local organization to double the amount collected this year.

About the Hepatitis B Foundation
The Hepatitis B Foundation is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected with hepatitis B worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. The Foundation is located in the new Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, which it created to expand and accelerate its research mission. For more information, visit or call (215) 489-4900.

About the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research:
Established as the research arm of the Hepatitis B Foundation, the mission of the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research is to use discovery science to find new therapies for viral hepatitis and liver cancer; to advance its research discoveries through traditional scholarship and educational opportunities; to nurture biotechnology through technology transfer and new company formation; and to promote public health outreach programs to improve the quality of life for those with viral hepatitis. For more information, visit

About the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center
The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center is a nonprofit research organization created by the Hepatitis B Foundation in partnership with Delaware Valley College and dedicated to the creation of a world-class biotechnology center; to the promotion of regional economic development and job creation; and to the education and training of tomorrow’s researchers. For more information, visit


Hepatitis B Foundation and the PA Biotech Center collect 1,067 pounds of food to help a local food pantry during this holiday season. Pictured in back row left to right:  Lauren Nonini, Melanie Groft, Kate Johnson, Erica Litschi, and Hoi Cheung. In front row left to right: David Simek and Brent Kopenhaver.

2007 Food Drive

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