There’s a lot of life in the Roanoke Region’s life science sector. As one of the region’s strongest clusters, more than 41,000 people are employed in nearly 300 firms and jobs are expected to grow 7% percent by 2029. This diverse sector includes clinical, research, biotech, and medical devices.

  • Anchored by Carilion Clinic, one of the largest health care companies in Virginia and the region’s largest employer (10,000 + employees and 67 physician specialties).
  • HCA VA Health System operates two hospitals in the region and provides the full scope of healthcare services. Specialties include heart and vascular care with an accredited chest pain center. 
  • Veterans Administration Center is a tertiary referral center and teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, located in Downtown Roanoke, is a unique public-private partnership between a cutting edge-research university and a major health care institution, educating physician thought leaders through inquiry, research, and discovery.
  • Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC makes transformative scientific advances in understanding and addressing the fundamental processes of human health and disease; train the next generation of leading biomedical scientists; facilitate discovery-based medical education; and sustain and strengthen the Virginia Tech – Carilion partnership in order to develop one of the nation’s premier biomedical research environments.
  • Area colleges and universities graduate more than 600 students annually (including approximately 400 at Virginia Tech) at all levels in the life sciences.
  • Radford University Carilion offers 12 baccalaureate and associate degree health care programs.
  • Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a post-baccalaureate professional medical college.

Virginia Tech Centers of Excellence 

  • Fralin Life Science Institute, an interdisciplinary research center, brings scientists together to solve some of biology’s complex challenges.
  • Virginia Biocomplexity Institute develops genomic, proteomic and bioinformatic tools that can be applied to the study of infectious diseases as well as the discovery of new vaccine, drug, and diagnostic targets.
  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, a partnership between Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland, provides advanced clinical care and conducts animal and biomedical research.
  • Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences is a joint venture which integrates the capabilities of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.