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The future of biotechnology starts at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

With flexible wet and dry lab space in the research park, there is ample opportunity to join an industry cluster of dynamic, established names in biotech, startups, and early-seed life sciences companies. What sets this biotechnology cluster apart is its local ecosystem of neighboring anchor companies and world-leading institutions, including Virginia Tech and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC.

Life Sciences Collaboration

Life sciences innovation doesn’t happen in a void, inside a lab. Collaboration, mentors, and partnerships turn ideas and hypotheses into research innovation and scalable businesses.

“Through collaborations, we aim to meet the demand from biotechnology companies and provide the full access needed to support research to commercialization aspirations,” said Brett Malone, President & CEO of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. “Our sophisticated infrastructure makes us a research destination across industries for everyone from startups to enterprise companies.”

Space With Purpose

With sophisticated, bio-safe laboratories in place or designed to specifications, we offer space with purpose so your focus can remain on creating a safer world and healthier populations.

Intuitive Ion Biopsy Needle

Intuitive Surgical Operations’ Ion Biopsy Needle

TechLab designs, develops, and manufactures enteric diagnostics

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Firsts in Our Region

Firsts in Our Region

The Blacksburg region is commercializing biotech, spurring innovation, and creating an environment where companies can thrive. Some of the greatest biotechnology innovations of the last several decades have roots here in Southwest Virginia:

Virginia Life Sciences Industry

By the numbers

SOURCE: VirginiaBio


Life sciences contribution to the state economy


Average annual wage of a life sciences worker


People employed in the sector


Life sciences companies across the state


Biopharmaceutical industry-sponsored trials annually

Biotechnology + COGro LABS

Securing flexible lab space has become a top priority for biotechnology partners and researchers. COGro LABS at VTCRC includes wet and dry lab spaces for collaborative research, plus shared core lab equipment.

Collaborate with Johnson & Johnson

COGro LABS also offers collaboration with Johnson & Johnson LLC to provide early-stage innovators with access to expert mentoring, programming, and resources through the virtual residency program at Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (JLABS). JLABS was established in 2012 with the aim of providing startups with access to the critical resources, expertise, networks, and collaborations needed to develop innovative healthcare solutions for patients and consumers.

Biotechnology Infrastructure in the Region

The connection to biotech doesn’t start and stop with the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Within the sector, a cross-regional coalition in the Roanoke and New River valleys has continually worked to develop and expand on key projects and investments, including:

  • $90 million investment by Commonwealth for the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
  • $1.5 million combined investment by Commonwealth and partners for the RAMP program
  • $155,000 project with GO Virginia and the VTCRC to design and provide capacity study
  • Construction of a 139,000 square foot building, including research facilities, at VTC
  • $50 million gift from Heywood Fralin to continue investments and growth in our region
  • $30 million VTC Innovation Fund, VTC Seed Fund, Carilion Clinic Innovation, and VT/Carilion Clinic POC
Biotechnology + COgro LABS

A Regional Hub
for Biotechnology

The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is located in a region that has steadily earned recognition as a life sciences hub.

If you are conducting traditional experiments using chemicals and biological samples or analyzing real-world phenomena using computational techniques, COgro LABS is the ideal location to jumpstart your research.

Let’s Get Started.

Request more information about the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center or schedule a tour. With lab spaces, office suites, and coworking spaces available, there’s something for companies at every stage.