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.
Centers of Excellence
- Fralin Life Science Institute, an interdisciplinary research center, brings scientists together to solve some of biology’s complex challenges.
- Virginia Bioinformatics 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.
- Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a post-baccalaureate professional medical college at Virginia Tech.