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The #StartDisrupting podcast began in 2021, and is about the innovators, scientists, creatives, and designers who are disrupting and initiating positive opportunity and impact in new markets. The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center’s CEO, Brett Malone, Ph.D. talks with companies that call our enterprise home, industry guests, partners, and stakeholders on everything from entrepreneurship, biotech to software, and more.

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Episodes 1-7

  • Big Data Requires Team Science: Learn how to use real-world data from patient records to power virtual clinical trials and mine for new clinical trends
  • Celebrating Women’s History Month with Amy Ankrum, President & CEO of Qualtrax
  • Powering Quantum Computing with Bo Ewald of ColdQuanta
  • Hokie Entrepreneur Living Every Week Like It’s Shark Week with George Probst
  • From Blacksburg to Mars with Dan Sable Ph.D. Founder & CEO, VPT
  • Antarctica: Drug Discovery Beneath the Ice with James B. McClintock, Ph.D. (University of Alabama at Birmingham, Polar & Marine Biology) and Bill J. Baker, Ph.D. (University of South Florida, Chemist)
  • Erik Gatenholm, CEO of Cellink


The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is an integral part of Virginia’s innovation ecosystem. Located a stone’s throw from Virginia Tech, one of the nation’s premier research universities, VTCRC is where bold thinkers turn big ideas into world-changing realities. VTCRC features flexible-lease wet and dry research labs, modern offices, and coworking space, all with top-tier amenities.

Nestled in the beautiful New River Valley, the VTCRC ecosystem exists alongside an affordable cost of living, high-quality education systems, and modern healthcare facilities. It’s no wonder VTCRC is leading the way in biotech, autonomous tech, software, and aerospace. Because VTCRC is adjacent to Virginia Tech, companies have access to an elite talent pool of students, faculty, and staff and university resources.

What sets VTCRC apart is its commitment to collaboration as the driving force behind innovation. Entrepreneurs, startups, and seed companies who become part of the innovation ecosystem have access to a rich environment of resources to take their ideas from lab to market. From Virginia Tech’s Link + License + Launch, to the Roanoke Regional Accelerator Program, to a national STEM research accelerator, VTCRC connects researchers with investors and business experts to disrupt markets and improve lives.