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Greater Richmond

Greater Richmond includes Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties, along with the city of Richmond. The population of the Richmond Metro Statistical Area (MSA) is nearly 1.3 million and a growing international community adds to the area’s cultural diversity and cosmopolitan character.

Life Science Companies

Pharmaceutical companies GSK and Indivior, manufacturers Fareva and Polykon, contract research organizations PPD and AI Biotech, FujiFilm Wako Chemicals US, and healthcare logistics and medical suppliers McKesson and Owens & Minor, all operate in the area. Altria Center for Research and Technology and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the nation's organ transplant management system, are also located here.

Locally grown successful companies include Kaleo, Cupron, Nutriati and ImmunArray.


Graduating more than 4000 life science students annually, Virginia Commonwealth University is a "Top 100" life sciences research center. Speciality schools include Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry, the Center for Study of Biological Complexity, the Center for Clinical and Translation Research, Massey Cancer Center, the Institute of Engineering and Medicine, the VCU School of Medicine and the recent addition of the Medicines for All Institute. The VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation offers a model that advances interdisciplinary innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship.

Research and Innovation

Cutting edge research is also being performed at the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, which provides around-the-clock, high quality analytical testing services and support to local, state and federal agencies; and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical CenterVCU Innovation Gateway facilitates commercialization of inventions from the university


The VA Bio+Tech Park, located on a 34-acre complex in downtown Richmond is home to nearly 70 companies, research institutes, state/federal laboratories.  Activation Capital is a hub of information for entrepreneurs.  For more information, please contact the Greater Richmond Partnership.

Life Science Focuses

Focus areas include pharma manufacturing, consumer drug products, drug development, contract research organizations, traumatic brain injury, addiction and pain, medtech, medical product distribution.

Altria Center for Research and Technology and Innovation Park

GSK Consumer Healthcare

Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services

Polykon breaking ground in Henrico County

Richmond named as one of the

"top ten up-and-coming tech cities", April 2017

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