There’s a lot of life in the Roanoke Region’s life science sector. As one of the region’s strongest clusters, more than 30,000 people are employed in nearly 300 firms and jobs are expected to grow 12.8 percent by 2022. 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).
  • LewisGale Regional 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 and Research Institute conducts research into inflammation, neuroscience, infectious disease, cardiovascular science and cancer biology.
  • Area colleges and universities graduate more than 600 students annually (including approximately 400 at Virginia Tech) at all levels in the life sciences.
  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences offers 12 baccalaureate and associate degree health care programs.

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