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Charlottesville and Albemarle County are located in west Central Virginia, approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond. Situated within the upper Piedmont Plateau, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and at the headwaters of the Rivanna River, Charlottesville serves as the economic, cultural, and educational center of a multi-county region in Central Virginia with an SMSA population of over 200,000.

Life science companies

Area companies include BIO-CAT with the latest enzyme technology and custom formulations; HemoShear, using proprietary human disease models to discover novel biological targets and developing drugs; Diffusion Pharmaceuticals, focused on improving the results of cancer treatments; Caretaker Medical with it's innovative wireless vital sign monitoring, contract research organization PRA Health Sciences: contract manufacturer Afton Scientific; and Cavion a therapeutic company conducting trials for epilepsy and essential tremors.

AMPEL Bio Solutions, Adial Pharmaceuticals, Indoor Biotechnologies, Brigtspec and Contraline are some of the other companies located in the area.


A major research institution, with sponsored research awards totaling more than $338 million annually, the University of Virginia is located in the heart of Charlottesville.  The UVa-Coulter Translational Research Partnership is a $20M program that funds cutting edge biomedical technologies. Nationally ranked and NCI desginated UVa Cancer Center has members in five different research programs (Cancer Cell Signaling; Chemical and Structural Biology; Immunology and Immunotherapy; Molecular Genetics and Epigenetics; and Women’s Oncology) and a developing program (Cancer Control and Population Health).  The Biotechnology Training Program is one of 23 NIGMS supported programs nationwide and the only one in Virginia.  The Monticello High School Health and Medical Sciences Academy is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce.

research and innovation

Focused Ultrasound Foundation is a global non-profit accelerating the development of new applications for focused ultrasound.  The W.L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory, or i.Lab at UVA, supports entrepreneurs providing programs, funding, workspace, mentors, community, and additional resources to accelerate new ventures. Open Bio Labs hosts classes and workshops to educate and train people in the biosciences.


The 562-acre University of Virginia Research Park provides facilities that serve as a catalyst for the creation and enhancement of research and business collaboration between the University the public and private sectors. The $10 million UVA LVG Seed Fund invests in companies founded to commercialize UVA intellectual property, and is managed by UVA Licensing and Ventures Group which partners with faculty, entrepreneurs, and investors to bring UVa innovations into the marketplace. CvilleBioHub provides pathways for growth and promotes the area as a center for life sciences.

Life science focuses

Focus areas for biomedical and life sciences activities include Medical Devices and instrumentation, NASH, Cancer, Epilepsy, Essential Tremor, addiction, bioinformatics, enzymes, contract research and contract manufacturing.

Lewis and Clark Pharmaceuticals

iLab at University of Virginia

UVa Research Park

Indoor Biotechnologies

Employers large and small benefit from the tight knit, entrepreneurial ecosystem that thrives in Central Virginia.

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