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Hampton Roads

The Virginia Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), also known as Hampton Roads, is the 36th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. The MSA encompasses 15 cities and counties with a population of 1.7 million people and a workforce of approximately 850,000.

Life Science Companies

Companies in the area include the headquarters of LifeNet Health and it's Institute of Regenerative Medicine, dedicated to the development of new cell-based technologies designed to improve tissue and bone repair procedures; Canon U.S. Life Sciences, developing solutions for clinical diagnostics and infectious disease diagnosis; Sentara Health System; with it's top rated Sentara Heart Hospital; CIRS, a leader in the manufacturer of tissue equivalent phantoms and simulators for medical imaging, radiation therapy and procedural training.

Dilon Technologies, Soluble Systems, ivWatch, Embody. and Sanyal Biotechnologies are only some of the other companies located in Hampton Roads.


The Hampton Roads region is home to several major educational institutions with life science programs. William & Mary, with it's Virginia Institute for Marine Science. Old Dominion University has the Center for Biotechnology, School of Medical and Translational Sciences, and the Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics. Eastern Virginia Medical School, includes the Jones Institute for Reproductive Health, the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation, the Laser and Plasma Engineering Institute, and the Strelitz Diabetes Center. Hampton University has the world class affiliated Proton Therapy Institute, and the Center For Advanced Medical Instrumentation. Christopher Newport University and Norfolk State University also have life science related programs.

Research and Innovation

The area is also home to research institutes like the NASA Langley Research Center and Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator, with it's unique particle accelerator. Office and lab space is available in the VABeachBio Research Park, Bio Accelerator and the Innovation Research Park at ODU.


To learn more about the region, please visit VaBeachBio, or the Virginia Beach Economic Development Department.

Life Science Focuses

Focus areas for biomedical and life sciences activities include diabetes, reproductive health, regenerative medicine, cardiology, urology, cancer, piezo-electrics, and photon therapies.

Hampton University Proton Therapy

TCC Regional Health Professions

ivWatch Model 400

W&M VA Institute for Marine Science

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