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Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia is next door to our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. with close proximity to federal resources like the NIH, USPTO and the FDA.  Northern Virginia consists of the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William and several independent cities.  It is the most populated region in Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area with more than 2 million residents. 

Life Science Companies

Companies in the area include ATCC, a biological resource and research center that preserves and distributes cultures to the international scientific community; Mediatech – A Corning Life Science Company manufacturing sterile solutions ranging from cell culture media to molecular biology reagents; Vibrent Health, creating data-driven and evidence-based solutions for preventing, monitoring, diagnosing and treating diseases; Ceres Nanosciences, with it's patented Nanotrap technology; K2M, global leader of complex spine and minimally invasive solutions; and Tentamus North America, a global product safety company that tests, audits and consults on all products involving the human body.

Other area companies are Aperiomics, CEL-SCI, e-Kare, Vidrio Technologies, and EVS Glaucoma.


George Mason University has three campuses, Fairfax, Arlington and it's Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County, which primarily focuses on research and academic programs in the life sciences, including bioscience, biotechnology and bioinformatics. The campus features a state-of-the-art Biomedical Research Laboratory and the recently launched Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research, a multidisciplinary facility that will pursue some of the toughest medical questions facing society. Anchored at the University Center in Ashburn is the George Washington University Science and Technology Campus. Virginia Tech has seven facilities in the area, including the Marion Dupont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, and the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington. In addition, Northern Virginia Community College Biotechnology Program provides skills relevant in the current job market.

Research and Innovation

The Inova Center for Personalized Health, in Fairfax, has partnered with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia’s leading research universities, and innovative healthcare companies to expand access to cutting-edge genomic screening and assessments. The Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) applies genomic and clinical information from individuals to develop innovative methods for personalized healthcare. HHMI Janelia Research Campus uses integrated teams of lab scientists and tool-builders pursue a small number of scientific questions with potential for transformative impact, then shares their methods, results, and tools with the scientific community.


Situated in Innovation Park, the Prince William Science Accelerator features 9 fully built out, commercially available wet labs – the only commercially available wet lab space in Northern Virginia.  The Inova Personalized Health Accelerator helps companies develop and execute plans of action that achieve significant milestones in value creation, risk mitigation, and capital formation.  Inova Strategic Investments targets early to mid-stage companies interested in partnering to deploy their solutions across the Inova Health System.  To learn more, contact Prince William County Economic Development, or Loudoun County Economic Development.

Life Science Focuses

Focus areas for biomedical and life sciences activities include Personalized Medicine, proteomics, molecular biology, nanotechnology, biodefense, cancer, health technology, and infectious diseases like Zika, HIV, Lyme Disease and Influenza.

Prince William Science Accelerator

George Mason University Science and Technology Campus

HHMI Janelia Research Campus

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