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Southwest Virginia

Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Southwest Virginia encompasses both the Roanoke and Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan Statistical Areas, with a total population in excess of 500,000..

Life Science Companies

Companies in the area include TechLab which develops and manufactures intestinal diagnostics worldwide; CELLINK has a patent pending bioink that enables human cells to grow as they would in the natural human body environment; Novozymes Biologicals produces microbial based formulations for industrial, consumer and agriculture uses; American Biosystems produces direct fed microbials and enzymes for animal feed, industry, wastewater treatment, and sanitary wastes; Leone Bioventures is a natural products development company working on bio-pesticides; Polymer Solutions, an independent lab for materials testing of polymers, plastics, metals, gases, and more; Revivicor, a regenerative medicine company produces pig islets, organs, and medical devices aimed at human clinical applications; Landos Biopharma has identified a novel therapeutic target for autoimmune diseases; and Inorganic Ventures a manufacturer of analytical inorganic standards and custom reference materials for ICP, ICP-MS, atomic absorption and ion chromatography applications.


Virginia Tech has $515 million in annual research expenditures. The Biocomplexity Institute uses information biology to predict, explain, and visualize the behavior of massively interacting systems. Fralin Life Science Institute is an investment institute committed to supporting research, education, and outreach life sciences. The Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) focuses on emerging technologies at the intersections of engineering, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences. The Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences (SBES) is a fully joint graduate program, which brings together three prestigious academic institutions: the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, the Wake Forest School of Medicine, and the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. The Edward Via College Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) offers multidisciplinary biomedical, clinical, and community-based research to improve human health. Virginia Western Community College's Biotechnology career studies certificate program is designed to help students acquire additional skills to gain employment in the fields of Biotechnology, health sciences, or scientific research.

Research and Innovation

Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) is a unique public-private partnership encompassing the VTC Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. Research conducted at the institute creates a bridge between basic science research at Virginia Tech and clinical expertise at Carilion Clinic and increases translational research opportunities for both partners. RAMP (Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program) is a new technology business accelerator program for the Roanoke-Blacksburg region to propel high-potential startups to expand and create jobs in the STEM-H.


The VTC Innovation Fund invests in early stage life sciences and high growth technology companies. Although the VTC Innovation Fund will focus on Central and Southwest Virginia, it will pursue high growth opportunities across the state of Virginia. Valleys' Ventures invest in companies that intend to commence operations in, or are willing to relocate to the area and is managed by local venture capital firm Third Security. The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) is home to over 180 research, technology and support companies.

Life Science Focuses

Focus Areas include neuroscience, neurobiology, heart disease, Regenerative medicine, Cancer, addiction and substance abuse, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, plant science, infectious and vector-borne diseases.

Virginia Tech Fralin Life Science Institute

TechLab's 30 minute E. Histo Diagnostic

VTC Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Revivicor: Worlds first cloned pigs

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