Biosciences & Medical

Montgomery County, Virginia is home to a growing cluster of Biosciences & Medical companies that specialize in a broad range of disciplines, including:  genomic science, functional genomics, bioinformatics, genetic engineering, pharmaceuticals, renewable energy sources and medical devices.  

These companies are leveraging our lower costs of doing business, strong entrepreneurial networks, talented workforce, and access to highly specialized equipment and researchers at Virginia Tech to gain a competitive advantage in today's global, knowledge-based economy.

Regional Cluster:

Industry Cluster

Estab.

 Empl.

 Avg. Salary

 U.S. Avg.

Biomedical/Biotechnical (Life Sciences)

 860

10,390

$52,791

$52,802

Source:  IBRC, The Role of Regional Clusters, 2009
Note:  Cluster data for New River & Roanoke Valleys

Featured Companies: 

Abokia (Blacksburg, VA)  | delivers customizable and massively accelerated biocomputing software to the fingertips of end users by leveraging its internationally recognized expertise at the intersection of bioinformatics and high-performance computing (HPC), particularly with respect to emerging computing trends in cluster computing, cloud computing, and GPU (graphics processing unit) computing.

Axon Nutritionals (Blacksburg, VA) | takes a scientific approach to nutraceutical development and believes simple lifestyle adjustments, including the addition of daily nutraceuticals to your diet, will promote healthy aging and reduce risk of disease.

BC Genesis (Blacksburg, VA) | A biotechnology company which develops medical implants for market of orthopedic medical devices.

BioGeneTech (Blacksburg, VA) | a biotechnology and informatics company which engages in research, discovery, development and service of knowledge and products in life sciences.

Intrexon Corporation (Blacksburg, VA) | Manufactures genetic material and employs modular DNA control systems to enhance capabilities, improve safety and lower cost in human the therapeutics, protein production, industrial enzymes and agbio.

Keraderm Corp. (Blacksburg, VA) | An early stage medical device company that has developed a patented, innovative, and effective treatment for nail infections.

Luna Innovations, Inc  (Blacksburg) | Luna Innovations develops and manufactures new-generation products for the healthcare, telecommunications, energy and defense markets.

LewisGale Hospital at Montgomery (Blacksburg, VA) | Members of HCA Southwest Virginia, a family of hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians with a single priority: putting patients first.

New River Pharmaceuticals (Blacksburg, VA) | A specialty pharmaceutical company that developed novel pharmaceuticals that were generational improvements of widely prescribed drugs in large and growing markets. In 2007, the company was acquired by Shire plc for approximately $2.6 billion.

New River Valley Medical Center (Christiansburg, VA) | A leading healthcare provider in the New River Valley, this modern hospital facility hosts both medical and psychiatric services.

Novozymes (Salem, VA) | a biotech company with a strong focus on enzyme production. We are committed to changing the very foundations of our industrial system for the better by using industrial biotechnology.

OcuCure Therapeutics, Inc. (Roanoke, VA)  | is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company developing new proprietary drugs. The company’s lead compound has been formulated as a topical eye drop for both Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). AMD and DR are leading causes of blindness in developed countries.

Revivicor, Inc. (Blacksburg, VA) | Commercializes therapies that can treat and cure serious human disease through regenerative medicine; namely, the replacement of cells, tissues, and organs.

Synthonics (Blacksburg, VA) | a specialty pharmaceutical company that utilizes its proprietary metal coordination chemistry to create new, patentable metal coordinated pharmaceuticals (“MCPs”) that are safer, more stable, and more efficacious than their congeners.

Techlab, Inc. (Blacksburg, VA) | Experts in Anaerobic Microbiology of the intestinal tract. Innovation, manufacture and sales of diagnostics for diseases of the GI Tract.

Techulon (Blacksburg, Va) | a life sciences company with a core capability in the development, characterization and synthesis of novel gene delivery techniques for cell-based therapeutics.

Virginia Tech Research Institutes and Centers 

Virginia Tech Biosciences Precinct (Blacksburg, VA) |  The planned Biosciences Precinct will support the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and when completed, is expected to consist of four new laboratory buildings. It will include more than 400,000 square feet of research in the college.  Virginia Tech broke ground on the first of four buildings in 2011.

Biomedical


Fralin Life Sciences Institute | Aninterdisciplinary research center at Virginia Tech whose purpose is to bring scientists from different disciplines together under one roof to solve some of biology's more complex challenges.   

Virginia Tech Center for Genomics | An interdisciplinary effort to provide a focus for research and teaching in functional genomics, proteomics, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, and metabolic engineering.  

Tyson Cell Cycle Regulation Group | Studies biological systems from a rigourous mathematical perspective.  Most of their work is on the mechanism of cell division cycle control as seen in budding yeast, fission yeast, Xenopus embryos and egg extracts, Drosophila embryos and mammalian cells.  

The Center for Comparative Oncology (CeCO) | Studies the development of cancer in animals and in people, to develop new ways to diagnose cancer and to find new treatments to control and cure it.

Kingston Bioorganic and Natural Products Chemistry Group  | The group's research is centered on the chemistry of biologically active natural products related to cancer.

Laboratory for Neurotoxicity Studies  | The interdisciplinary basic and applied research of specific problems of neurotoxicity and neuropathology associated with exposure to drugs and chemicals.

Center for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases |  Addresses basic problems of infectious, immunological, and biochemical diseases of humans and animals thourgh the development of diagnostic tests and vaccines using molecular biotechnology and immunological techniques.

Vector-Borne Disease Research Group |  Current research applies genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, proteomics, structural biology, geostatistics and modeling in multi-faceted viewpoints towards understanding the global processes involved in vector borne disease.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute |  The institute provides state-of-the-art facilities for molecular medicine, imaging using lasers, high-power electron beams and magnetic resonance, high-capacity data handling, and human performance analysis.

Bioengineering

Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School for Biomedical Engineering — Research areas include biomechanics, cellular transport, computational modeling, biomaterials, bio-heat and mass transfer, biofluid mechanics, biotribology, bioinstrumentation, ergonomics, and tissue engineering.

Virginia Tech Center for Genomics (VIGEN) — An interdisciplinary effort to provide a focus for research and teaching in functional genomics, proteomics, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, and metabolic engineering. 

Bioinformatics

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute | The 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.

Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Center | Human factors engineering, often called ergonomics, is concerned with ways of designing jobs, machines, operations, environments, or work systems so they are compatible with human capabilities and limitations. 

Food, Nutrition and Health

Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise (HNFE) | Research in the department promotes health by the integration of human nutrition, food, and exercise focused on the prevention and therapeutic treatment of problems in healthy and vulnerable populations.

Regional Workforce

Life Sciences Related Degrees Awarded from Area Colleges and Universities (2008-2009)

 Program/Degree

 Certificate

Associates

Bachelors

Masters

Doctor 

Biochemistry

-

-

100

-

Bioinformatics

-

-

-

-

4

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

-

-

367

26

22

Entomology

-

-

-

-

5

Biomedical/Medical Engineering

-

-

-

7

3

Chemical Engineering

-

-

57

7

5

Chemistry, General

-

12

51

10

14

Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences

-

-

-

15

90

Total Degrees Awarded

0

12

575

65

143

Degrees issued by Virginia Tech, Radford University and New River Community College.

Education

Virginia Tech Degree Programs

Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine Degree Programs

Radford University Degree Programs

New River Community College Degree Programs

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