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The Health & Life Sciences cluster provides growth opportunities in the bioscience, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medical device and equipment manufacturing, and healthcare service industries.
The Virginia Biotechnology Research Park is a 34-acre site located in downtown Richmond adjacent to the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. The Park is home to a unique mix of more than 60 companies, laboratories and research centers with 2,400 workers in 1.2 million square feet of space.
Greater Richmond’s Life Sciences cluster also includes Pfizer (R&D and production of over-the-counter drugs), Wako Chemicals (clinical diagnostic reagents), Commonwealth Biotechnologies (contract R&D) and PPD (drug development services and support).
Subcategories of this cluster include:
- Innovative Care
- Health Information & Management
- Life Sciences
- Owens & Minor to invest millions in new Richmond engagement center
- Report details VCU’s economic impact on the region and state
- Fareva expansion adding at least 80 jobs in Henrico; second expansion possible
- Cupron, company based in Biotechnology Park, graduates to new space
- Biotech Park company ImmunArray gets $10 million investment
- Healthcare-tech firm Iggbo raises $13 million of financing
- Va. Biotechnology Research Park, City recognized as Best for R&D
- AmpliPhi acquires key Bacteriophage assets from UK-based firm
- Bostwick Laboratories founder starts new lab venture
- VCU, HDL alums launch firm to fight liver disease
- Altria invests $26K in Va. Biotechnology Research Park’s Shared Lab
- Three local biotech companies making progress on new technologies
First Hospital in North America
In 1611, America’s first hospital, a “guest house for sick people,” was built at Henricus, the Richmond area’s first major English settlement.
Oldest Medical College Building in the South
The South’s oldest medical college building is the Egyptian Building of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine, built in 1845.
First Clinical Transplant Center
In 1962, MCV Hospitals opened the first Clinical Transplant Center (CTC), which remains the oldest unit of its kind in the United States.
First Transplant Matching System
In 1969, MCV Hospitals collaborated with seven other medical centers to establish the Southeastern Organ Procurement Foundation, which became the nation’s first computerized donor-recipient-matching system for kidney transplants.
First Forensic DNA
In 1989, Virginia’s Department of Forensic Science was the first state laboratory to offer DNA analyses to law enforcement agencies and the first to create a DNA databank of previously convicted sex offenders.
First Artificial Heart Implant on the East Coast
In April 2006 VCU’s Pauley Heart Center performed the first artificial heart implant on the East Coast.